Keith roars to third supersport title

Date: Friday 20th October 2017
Keith Farmer with Waitings director Adrian Ash.
Keith Farmer with Waitings director Adrian Ash.

PENRITH’S Keith Farmer lifted the Dickies British Supersport Championship for the third time at Brands Hatch on Sunday.

The 30-year-old was riding a Yamaha R6 for Yorkshire-based team Appleyard Macadam Racing (AMR), for which he started racing due to an injury to another rider. AMR was impressed with his efforts so asked him to stay on for the remainder of the season.

He went on to win nine out of 24 races and clinch the title by 14 points.

He said: “From a stand-in rider to champion of the Dickies BSB British Supersport Championship with Team Appleyard Macadam Racing — what a year it’s been. Credit to everyone who has been involved.

“By round 10 at Oulton Park, I had a 103-point lead, but unfortunately my luck turned for the worse and I was losing my grasp. With two rounds remaining I knew I had to work really hard if I was to still be in with a chance of taking the championship.

“In round 11, the bad luck continued with a crash out in race one and a racing incident in race two, which resulted in a 60-second penalty, leaving me with no points yet again.”

By round 12 – the final round — at Brands Hatch, Farmer was 43 points ahead and needed just seven points to take the title. However, it was not all plain sailing.

“In race one I had yet another crash, so the pressure was really on to finish the last race within the top eight. Thankfully, we pulled it off with a top five finish and claimed the championship for the third time.

“Thank you to my partner and family for standing by me and keeping me positive when things don’t go the right way — it was an emotional win!”

Farmer is the yard man at Waitings drainage and pipeline contractors in Cliburn. Company director Adrian Ash said: “We are hugely proud of Keith and it’s been a pleasure both supporting him and following him this year.

“To get one championship in this fiercely competitive sport is outstanding, but this is Keith’s third so that’s incredible. The guy has huge natural talent and that’s been proven again this year. We look forward to supporting him next year and wish him continued success.”