|Byrne has rewritten history
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Brookes got a strong start off the line however it was champion Byrne who got the lead going into Paddock Hill bend following a stunning start from third position on the grid. By the fourth lap Byrne led the way ahead of Brookes, Bridewell and Ellison with nothing between the quartet.
Australian Brookes was able to briefly get past Byrne, however the champion was able to get him straight back and Brookes slipped down to third by the fifth lap. The Milwaukee duo of Bridewell and Brookes kept in-touch with the leading duo as Byrne had a rear wobble out of Surtee’s breifly gifting the lead to Ellison on lap 8.
Saturday’s race winner Howie Mainwaring was sitting comfortably in sixth position however he crashed his Quattro Plant Kawasaki on the 12th lap at Paddock Hill Bend which saw advertising debris be blown onto the track, which led to the safety car be deployed on lap 12 for two laps.
In a last ditch attempt for Brookes to get on the podium he went underneath Ellison with five laps left on the clock however Ellison was able to get him straight back on the Lloyds British GBmoto and crossed the line in third position: “I said before that we were really pushing a win. It’s been a tough season with the crash, the middle of the season was tough to come back, the end of the season was tough but the pole positions and podiums it was good. I think the teams progressed as the seasons come on but I haven’t been racing with them as much as but these last few rounds I’ve noticed the bikes had more power.”
Despite the red flags cutting the race two laps short, Tommy Bridewell secured second position in the final race of the season and took third position off team-mate Brookes in the championship standings:“It was a phenomenal race but it was a hard race. I knew what I had to do and it was basically go out and try and win the race beyond James and Shakey and it was hard work, I just hung in with everything. I gave everything today, I just had to trust the bike and let it do what it had to do. Its no secret we lose some speed on the straights but we make it up in other areas.”
Finally, Bridewell commented on securing third in the championship:“To beat Josh in the championship I couldn’t ask to beat a better person, there’s no love lost there.”
Quadruple champion Shane Byrne won his second race of the day, and emphasised how special this historic championship is for the 38 year old:“I was desperate to win that race at all costs as it only seemed fitting with the circumstances we had to win it in. I thought a double would do it just and I worked really really hard. This one rewrites history, it’s special. The first one you’re absolutely over the moon with, the second one proves the first one wasn’t a flook, the third one matched everyone else and this one rewrites history.”