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Burnley team FPW seal the title at Silverstone
ADRIAN Mason has declared it mission accomplished after Burnley team FPW Racing secured the British Motostar Energy Championship in only their second season in the series.
FPW rider Luke Hedger clinched the title at the penultimate race of the season at Silverstone on Sunday to round off a fantastic season for the East Lancashire outfit.
FPW stepped up to the series with Haslingden rider Tom Carne in 2011 after winning the Thundersport GP3 title together.
And there was also success at Silverstone for Carne, who moved to Team Repli-Cast this year but split with them last month before returning with his own bike at the weekend to take second place – his best ever finish.
But it was FPW who sealed victory in the championship – a support series for the British Superbike Cham-pionship – thanks to Hedger’s fourth-placed finish.
Team boss Mason, from Accrington, said: “We’ve achieved what we set out to do at the start of the year.
“Looking back it’s been great for a team to come into the championship and take the title in only the second year in the series.
“The team has done a fantastic job over the season and our only failure to finish was at Knockhill when Luke was involved in another rider’s crash.
“That consistency has proved crucial in securing the title and is a credit to all who put in their bit to ensure the team runs as smoothly as possible.
“The title is in recognition to all of the sponsors and supporters that have been with the team in 2012. It has been crucial in allowing Luke Hedger and FPW Racing to make it on to the grid and race at the level we knew we could be successful at.”
Former FPW rider Carne switched to Team Repli-Cast at the start of the year but left the team last month.
His previous best finish in the series had been fifth but after missing two rounds he bought his own bike and returned at Silverstone at the weekend with help from Steve Patrickson at SP125 Racing. Carne qualified in second and maintained that position in the race to claim his first podium in two years in the series, only being pipped to victory by 0.163 seconds.
“I knew that I had made the right decision going alone with my family and buying our own bike,” he said.
“I felt I owed this weekend to all my sponsors, supporters and fans that had stuck by me through thick and thin. “I was absolutely blown away by the bike’s speed and my performance.
“It was just the perfect set-up.”
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