Bridewell aims for an elusive podium finish

Bridewell aims for an elusive podium finish

Final round   12-13-14 October  Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit  – Report

Alex Lowes underlined his late challenge for the MCE Insurance British Superbike crown by scorching to the top of the times in free practice today ahead of series leader Shane Byrne, as the title protagonists prepare for the final three title-deciding races on the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit.

WFR Honda’s Lowes, who had run third fastest in the drying morning session, upped the pace in the afternoon and saved the best for last to bump Byrne to second place in the closing minute.

Young gun Lowes goes into Saturday afternoon’s race in third place in the standings, 24 points down on Byrne but with two races on Sunday afternoon he knows there is still a real chance to snatch the crown.

“Being realistic, it will take a mistake from the guys, Shane and Josh Brookes in front of me in the standings for that to happen,” said Lowes, adding: “I have nothing to lose so I intend to go out there and enjoy these last races, have a good fight with the boys and go for the wins.”

Byrne had set the pace in the morning session aboard the Rapid Solicitors Kawaski and is prepared to battle for a record equalling third British title. He has a nine points advantage over Aussie Josh Brookes who was fourth fastest overall on his Tyco Suzuki.
But the three other Title Fighters in this final Showdown round had mixed fortunes. Michael Laverty spent both sessions working hard on the settings of his Samsung Honda in an effort to extend tyre life.  He was seventh fastest, just ahead of Swan Yamaha’s reigning champion Tommy Hill.
Supersonic BMW’s Tommy Bridewell meanwhile remained eighth fastest despite taking a bruising with a left hand and finger injury in a heavy crash at Stirlings Bend which saw the session briefly halted.
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Free practice one:
1: Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) 1m 28.022s
2: Karl Harris (Quattro Plant Kawasaki) +0.934s
3: Alex Lowes (WFR Honda) +0.936s
4: James Westmoreland (WFR Honda) +1.339s
5: Chris Walker (Pr1mo Bournemouth Kawasaki) +1.438s
6: Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki) +1.490s
Free practice two:
1: Alex Lowes (WFR Honda) 1m:26.264s
2: Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) +0.425s
3: Barry Burrell (Buildbase BMW) +0.467s
4: Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki) +0.737s
5: Karl Harris (Quattro Plant Kawasaki) +0.826s
6: James Westmoreland (WFR Honda) +0.851s
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