Tommy Hill – Nothing’s gonna stop him now!

As a small boy Tommy Hill suffered from Perthes’ Disease, and although he had corrective surgery at the age of six which left his right leg shorter, his dream was to become British Superbike Champion,he was crowned the British Superbike champion at Brands Hatch on 9th October 2011.

Tommy’s dad Mick admitted he could not believe it had finally been achieved.

“We have worked all our lives for this moment and it is just the greatest feeling,” he said.

“I was worried today. I kept thinking something was going to go wrong. We have been so unlucky in the past I knew our luck had to change.

“Today Tommy delivered, and like a true champion. I have been through every emotion, I am exhausted.

“I am just gobsmacked,” said Tommy afterwards. “I did not know I had won the title until I saw the crowd reacting and other riders congratulating me.”

Tommy Hill went into the final three races at Brands eight points adrift of championship leader John Hopkins, a lead extended to 11 after Saturday’s first race where Hill finished fourth behind the American in third place.

In a drama-packed weekend, he finished fourth in Sunday’s first race when electrical problems dropped his rival to 12th, cutting the deficit to two points. He just had to stay ahead of Hopkins in the last race to take the title.

His second-place finish, but more importantly, snatching that place on the line from Hopkins, sent the 50,000 strong crowd wild with excitement.

His mum Jacquie was still sobbing with emotion three hours after seeing her son ride to victory. “I never watch his races,” she said. “But I just knew he was going to win today. I am drained emotionally and very proud.”

Hill dedicated the title to best friend Craig Jones, who died in a racing accident in 2008.

This article is by kind permission of Louise Poynton – Group Sports Editor East Surrey & Sussex News & Media. Louise has been following and reporting on Tommy for 10 years and should you wish to keep up to date please visit the website below :

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Tommy Hill British Superbike Champion 2011