A Chester motorcycle racer thrilled a massive British Superbike crowd at Brands Hatch after roaring to a maiden victory in the ultra-competitive Supersport class at Brand’s Hatch at the weekend.
Backford’s Came BPT Yamaha rider Joe Francis, 18, was in a class of his own in the second Dickies British Supersport race, taking the chequered flag with a 1.5 second advantage.
Francis’ first ever Supersport class win followed up a second place podium finish the day before in the sprint race after he finished a mere 0.381 seconds behind his vastly more experienced team mate James Westmorland.
But there was no holding back the Backford Bullet after he took the lead on the second lap of the feature race before easing away at the front and leaving the pack to battle it out for the second and third podium places in what was an intense battle behind him.
Francis, who is mentored by former British Champion Roger Marshall, said “It’s been a great weekend; we knew we had the pace from the first practice session to challenge for the win.
“In the first race yesterday we took it a bit steady and it was fantastic to get my first podium. Starting from pole in this race, I knew I had to get a good start and as soon as I was in the lead it was just a case of getting my head down and managing the gap.”
He added: “I had the lead up to more than four seconds by mid-race and could afford to roll it off a bit and ease it home. They were never going to catch me! I knew I had plenty in reserve.”
Francis’ team boss, Prodigy front man Keith Flint says his protégé might be laid back but he’s fiercely competitive out on track.
“He’s a dream to work with and has a massive future”, he said.