Gowland to replace Richards at Smiths Triumph
EASTINGTON-BASED Smiths Triumph Racing Team have signed Graeme Gowland for the 2014 British Supersport Championship.
Gowland will replace the outgoing champion Glen Richards who will be retiring from the sport.
Richards,40, has been racing in the UK since 1998 and gave the Gloucester-based Smiths Triumph team their greatest achievement to date when he took the 2012 Motorpoint British Supersport Championship.
The Australian also won the 2007 National Superstock and 2008 British Supersport titles during his illustrious career and enjoyed considerable success in the British Superbike Championship where he competed for, amongst others, Hawk Kawasaki, HM Plant Honda and WFR Honda.
His 2013 campaign has been affected by injuries sustained at Knockhill in June but he still lies in eighth place overall with one race remaining.
Gowland, meanwhile, joins the team on the back of a highly successful season that has seen him clinch fifth place in the Motorpoint British Supersport Championship, being the only rider to score points in every race.
With experience in the World Supersport, World Endurance and British Superbike Championships he brings considerable experience to the team and will be a major contender for next year's Supersport series alongside the already signed Billy McConnell.
Speaking about the team changes, team manager Rebecca Smith commented; "Alan and I are naturally very disappointed to be losing Glen; he's been paramount to our success giving us our first race win and championship all in the same year.
“He's shown what real racing's supposed to be about and because of his professionalism we'll be in the paddock for years to come. I'm sure that whatever he decides to do he'll be a success and there'll always be a place in our team should he want it.
"We're really excited to be welcoming Graeme to the line-up and we can't think of a better replacement for Glen. He's someone we've had a good rapport with since 2010 and his values and ethics match those of the team and he'll fit in really well.
“We've always had time for him, both as a racer and a person, and we're all looking forward to working with him and starting our winter testing in earnest for 2014."
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