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Grand Finale for Ryde
After the exhausting and emotional race at Silverstone a few weeks ago, Kyle Ryde was back in the mix for the final round of the British Superstock 600cc Championship and in his own words, was just going out to enjoy his final race of the 2014 season. The fact that he was now second place in the championship going into this round and only 4 points splitting the top three riders didn’t seem to faze this youngster and he would take whatever was thrown at him during the proceeding laps of the final race of the season.
As always with the British Championship rounds, the meeting started with free practice and Qualifying one on the Friday. Kyle was out and lapping in the wet conditions but was protecting his interests for the qualifying periods and was only 11th in the free practise session. However, with a drying track for the afternoon Q1, he was battling with his nearest two rivals Collier (Championship Leader) and Reid the Ulsterman who he has constantly fought all season for the top spot, at the end of Q1 it was Reid, Ryde and Collier for the front row. The second qualifying session on Saturday was on a damp circuit, so the leading trio didn’t even bother to take part as they couldn’t possibly improve on the times set in the dry conditions on Friday, so the grid positions for the front row of the grid was set with Reid on Pole, Ryde in the middle and Collier on the inside line.
With a large capacity crowd and Kyle’s race taking place just after mid-day, the conditions had much improved at the circuit, especially after the early morning’s warm-up incidents with many riders being caught out in the damp areas at various points around this beautiful Kent race track. As the lights went out to start Kyle’s race it was Andy Reid who led the pack of forty Adrenalin hyped up racers & machines down Paddock Hill bend to start was to be an epic battle to end an epic season of racing. Kyle was tight up to Reid, with Collier in hot pursuit and not giving up easy on his title hopes just yet! These three were inseparable for most of the race, with Reid losing grip and almost being High-sided going into Graham Hill Bend on lap four. Kyle took the lead and for several laps it was Ryde & Collier at the front with Reid having to play catch-up and this he did; so by just over the ¾ race distance Collier had managed to get past Kyle with Reid still in hot pursuit. As the race drew closer to a ‘Grand Finale’ Collier made a mistake on the back end of the circuit and this allowed Kyle to claw back the lead with Reid following and placing Collier suddenly back to third place, with only two laps to go! Kyle fought as hard as he could to defend all the corners, in order not to give the Ulsterman an inch of the circuit to pass him and his machine. As the duo came around Final corner to enter the Brabham Straight, Kyle still defended his racing line and Reid had no passing opportunities before the very talented youngster was to take the chequered flag, claim a new Outright Lap record; and take his second British Championship Title at the tender age of just 17yrs of age!