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CJC BMW finish the year with a 100 percent win rate

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Craig Coxhell
In trying conditions, Craig Coxhell and the privateer CJC BMW Racing team once again took the honours in the Superstock class at Tasmania's Symmonds Plains raceway this weekend for the final round of the Australian Championship - almost snatching the title in the last race despite missing the first two rounds!

The former Australian Champion finished in second place, only 6 points behind Championship winner Brendan Clarke in a nail biting season finale.

Barely a month after taking BMWs first ever podium result at Phillip Island for the MotoGP support races, the series headed to Tasmania for the final round and were met with conditions that started out dry on Friday, but deteriorated to fully wet track by Sunday.

"What a great way to finish the year! Firstly I want to congratulate Brendan on the championship win. We gave him a bit of a head start by joining the series late and anything could have happened today in these conditions but he took home the Championship after a solid year, so credit where it's due," said Craig Coxhell.

"Conditions were a bit up and down this weekend for everyone so we all had to work pretty hard. With our limited budget we weren't able to get down here for testing and it showed us up a bit against the Superbikes. We weren't able to get the S1000RR dialled in as well as we'd hoped and just couldn't get the drive out of the corners here this weekend, but really we just wanted to push Brendan and try and bring home the Championship. So close in the end, but it would have been a fairy tale end when you drop two out of seven rounds!

"I need to thank a lot of people who have helped us this year. First and foremost our fantastic team regulars, Rob and Gayle Coxhell, Dave 'Radar' Cullen, James Murray-Parkes and Wayne Vickers, as well as Trevor Bell and Fred Badcock who helped us out at Queensland and Tasmania respectively. We've had great support from our friends at BMW Southbank and the extended BMW family this year and we're now in the process of sorting out what we can do for next year. And of course we've also had great support again this year from Ankermann, V3 Design, Shepparton Motor Body Builders, Metabo, Sportsbike, AGV, Akropovic, Pro Bolt, Techspec and Armour Bodies without which we simply couldn't have competed."

"It's been a fantastic year for us. Challenging, difficult, but thoroughly enjoyable and hugely rewarding. We set out to treat this as a development year and see how things went and it's gone really well. We've won every Superstock race we've entered. We're the first Superstock bike to ever get into the Superpole shootout, we've smashed lap records all year and put the S1000RR on the Superbike podium. We know that with the great bunch of guys we have that we can roll out the bike with next to no testing and be knocking on the door of the big boys keeping them honest," Rob Coxhell concurred.

"So our next big task is to take the step up. I think we've shown this year that we're competitive even on our limited budget, but we need more testing time pure and simple to be chasing outright superbike podiums each week, which is where we want to be. We need to find the sponsorship to allow us to test more and develop the bike from Superstock spec to Superbike spec, so we can be on an even playing field with the front runners. That should make for an even more exciting year next year," Coxhell concluded.

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