Sunday saw a huge crowd line the track at Brands Hatch for the close of the 2014 MCE British Superbike season.
Both Marham-based RAF Reserves Honda riders were looking to round off a fantastic season on the Kent circuit.
Pirelli National Superstock rider Conor Cummins got a characteristically fast start from 20th on the grid and moved up into 13th spot. He defended his position and looked as strong as ever on the Honda Fireblade.
RAF Reserves Superbike rider Peter Hickman also had aspirations to finish in the top ten of the championship; this meant beating Hopkins on his Tyco Suzuki in all three races of the weekend. Hickman couldn’t capitalise on Hopkins’ retirement from race one by only scoring three points.
In the first of the two races on Sunday, starting from 15th on the grid, Hickman dropped a few places into turn one. Riding the Honda in an attacking fashion Hickman crossed the line in 11th.
After changes from race two, the man from Louth got a thunderous start from 12th on the grid. He passed Chris Walker for ninth and delayed his challenge on Hopkins.
With only three laps to go a red flag drew the race to a premature result meaning that he had to settle for ninth. The team out-performed the official Honda UK team in all three races.
Team boss Lee Hardy said: “Thank you again to everyone who has supported the RAF Reserves Honda team. To finish 11th in a British Superbike Championship is an incredible achievement for such a small team on so little budget.
“This season is dedicated to my best friend Simon Andrews as without him making me believe that this venture was achievable we would never be where we are today.”
l Thanks also to: RAF Reserves, Mother Hubbard’s Fish & Chips, Honda UK, EPM Technology, R J Marriott Engineering, Spraybay, Samco Hose’s, Bellamy & Steele, NGK Spark Plugs, Rock Oil, Sprint Design & Copy, D B Digital, Chase Timber Products, Iceni Motorcycles, Pro-Bolt, GB Racing Covers, Dometic, GRM Motorcycles.