Tommy Hill returns to Brands Hatch

Tommy Hill returns to Brands Hatch

Final round 13-14 October Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit – Report

Shane Byrne powered to victory in the opener to the triple race MCE Insurance British Superbike Championshp decider at Brands Hatch to give himself an 18 points advantage over Josh Brookes in the standings going into Sunday’s two decisive races as title rival Alex Lowes crashed out unhurt.

The Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki rider made the perfect start to Saturday’s race but was under constant pressure from title contender Lowes who had qualified his WFR Honda on pole for a fourth time in five rounds as they battled for supremacy at the front.

But as the race entered the closing stages it was red flagged when light rain began to fall with Lowes crashing out at Clearways and the race was red flagged.

Byrne had a mixture of relief and delight as he enjoyed the late 36th birthday present he had given himself as he said: “I have a feeling of relief, but aso it is so good to have the race win. I was trying to do the maths a couple of laps earlier as I didn’t want the race to be stopped before a result could be declared.

“Coming through Clearways the last time it was horrible, the bike was snaking all over the place, so I am really pleased to take this win. Looking to the final two races, we’ve got a good race setting, I’m confident of my race pace and just hope the weather is good and I can stay ahead of these guys again,” added Byrne who is aiming to equal the record by taking the title for a third time.

Reigning champion Tommy Hill took second place for Swan Yamaha as he kept his outside hopes of retaining the silverware alive, as he goes into the final races trailing Byrne by 47 points, while Tyco Suzuki’s Brookes who finished third has all to play for starting only 18 points down on the series leader.

But there were mixed fortunes for other two Title Fighters. Tommy Bridewell, riding through the pain of a nasty finger injury sustained in a crash in free practice took seventh place on the Supersonic BMW with Samsung Honda’s Michael Laverty, who had been running third for the first half of the race running wide and dropping back to tenth, with both of them now out of the chase for the title.

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Race One:
1: Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki)
2: Tommy Hill (Swan Yamaha) 1 lap
3: Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki) 1 lap
4: James Westmoreland (WFR Honda) 1 lap
5: Stuart Easton (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) 1 lap
6: Barry Burrell (Buildbase BMW) 1 lap

Championship standings:
1: Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) 633
2: Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki) 615
3: Tommy Hill (Swan Yamaha) 586
4: Alex Lowes (WFR Honda) 584
5: Michael Laverty (Samsung Honda) 565
6: Tommy Bridewell (Supersonic BMW) 553

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