CF Motorsport kicked off their 2013 season in style as Jake Dixon picked up a pair of victories in the British Supersport Cup at Brands Hatch. The youngster marked his debut with a fine display, finishing 10th and 7th overall.
Friday morning saw snow and temperatures just above freezing, not ideal conditions for practice. However, Dixon and his CF Motorsport crew were eager to make the most of the valuable track time and duly topped the time sheets for the session. A slight electrical issue hampered progress during qualifying but Dixon qualified 13th fastest, the second highest of the Cup competitors.
Saturday's sprint race developed into a close battle between Dixon and Bjorn Estment for the Cup victory. Dixon got the better start but by mid race he has been passed by the South African. The CF Motorsport rider then followed him until two laps from the end, when he made his move. Dixon took the victory and an impressive 10th place overall.
In Sunday's feature race, Dixon led the Cup from start to finish. He fought he way up from 12th to finish a strong 7th, beating a number of the fancied championship contenders. A superb opening weekend has given Dixon the lead of the Cup standings and 8th overall in the Championship.
Dixon's CF Motorsport Yamaha team-mate, Tommy Mountain, also made his debut in the Superstock 600 class. The appalling weather on Friday limited him to just three laps of practice, before he headed into qualifying. He qualified 22nd fastest. The 20-year-old got shuffled back during the early stages of the race but recovered well, eventually finishing 23rd.
CF Motorsport manager, Craig Fitzpatrick: "I am really pleased with how the weekend has worked out. Everyone has worked hard and we have come away with some very positive results. Jake has been great all weekend. The British Supersport class is full of talented and experienced riders and to finish in the top ten in your first race is fantastic. He has shown people what a talented rider he is and I think he can keep pushing on from here. We know that there is still some more to come from the bike too. I am also pleased with how Tommy has done this weekend. It's a big step up and again there are a lot of riders who have been in the class for a few years. Unfortunately, he didn't get to do as much testing as we would have liked before coming here. The weather didn't help on Friday but he has made some good progress over the course of the weekend and has gone quicker in every session."