As always Brands Hatch Indy brought a memorable round three of the Championship this weekend which wasn’t without its fair share of incident. Crashes, mechanical failures and blistering pace under the cover of the sun made it a weekend to remember for a host of reasons.
However, the records will show that Leon Haslam and Shane Byrne took the accolades as winners from both the BSB races this afternoon.
Race one was led from the first time the riders tipped into Paddock Hill bend by James Ellison on his JG Speedfit Kawasaki with Luke Mossey’s Quattro Plant Kawasaki following closely behind along with Richard Cooper’s Buildbase BMW.
Tommy Bridewell soon got involved on his Bennetts Suzuki, swapping places temporarily with Cooper as the top four pressed on at pace.
Ellison finally succumbed to the pressure put on him by pole-sitter, Mossey with Bridewell again getting the better of Cooper at Paddock Hill bend. There was a three bike clash which resulted in the departure of Jenny Tinmouth, James Rispoli and Vittorio Iannuzzo bringing the safety car onto the track. The clash just compounded what had been a terrible weekend for the Anvil Tag Yamaha of Rispoli who had fallen in qualifying on Saturday.
The laps were ticking down quickly with Mossey still leading the race until Ellison managed to force his way past the 23 year old. It was to be the start of Mossey slipping down the order as Bridewell raced by into second spot with Haslam looking ominous as he began to make a move from fifth looking to claw back the front four riders to within his grasp. Cooper and Mossey were unable to fend off the second JG Speedfit Kawasaki as Haslam sped by in pursuit of Bridewell and Ellison. Entering Paddock Hill for the final time, Bridewell saw the number 91 of Haslam go by chasing his teammate and an almost perfect lap from the former World Superbike rider saw him overtake Ellison at Clearways to take the win by virtue of just five hundredths of a second.
Race two set off in just as quick of a blistering pace, Luke Mossey and James Ellison were again the protagonists at the head of the pack. The pair of ZX-10R’s were to almost exchange paint for quite a few of the opening laps whilst changing positions on track with race one winner, Haslam and Richard Cooper waiting to pounce.
Cooper managed to get the better of Mossey, pushing the Quattro Plant rider into third place but then the pace slowed considerably with the introduction of the safety car as Michael Laverty’s Tyco BMW engine let go. Shane Byrne who had been relatively quiet all weekend was looking quicker as the laps ticked down and when Ellison also suffered a mechanical failure, the local rider got the bit between his teeth.
Cooper, Haslam and Mossey continued to battle at the front with the BeWiser Ducati of Byrne continuing to bridge the gap to the front three with every lap. He first disposed of Mossey and then Haslam at Clearways leaving just the red BMW of Cooper ahead of him. It seemed a formality that the number 67 would catch Cooper and it was no surprise to see the former BSB Champ take the spoils when the chequered flag came out.
MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship, Brands Hatch Indy, race one top ten:
1. Leon Haslam GBR JG Speedfit Kawasaki ZX-10R 30 laps
2. James Ellison GBR JG Speedfit Kawasaki ZX-10R +0.057s
3. Tommy Bridewell GBR Bennetts Suzuki GSX-R1000 +0.458s
4. Richard Cooper GBR Buildbase BMW S1000RR +0.801s
5. Luke Mossey GBR Quattro Plant Kawasaki ZX-10R +2.216s
6. Michael Laverty GBR Tyco BMW S1000RR +2.325s
7. Peter Hickman GBR JG Speedfit Kawasaki ZX-10R +5.235s
8. Jason O’Halloran AUS Honda Racing CBR1000RR +5.415s
9. Shane Byrne GBR Be Wiser Ducati Panigale R +5.847s
10. Dan Linfoot GBR Honda Racing CBR1000RR +8.333s
MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship, Brands Hatch, race two:
1. Shane Byrne GBR Be Wiser Ducati Panigale R 30 laps
2. Richard Cooper GBR Buildbase BMW S1000RR +0.554s
3. Leon Haslam GBR JG Speedfit Kawasaki ZX-10R +1.778s
4. Tommy Bridewell GBR Bennetts Suzuki GSX-R1000 +2.549s
5. Dan Linfoot GBR Honda Racing CBR1000RR +2.892s
6. Jason O’Halloran AUS Honda Racing CBR1000RR +3.612s
7. Christian Iddon GBR Tyco BMW S1000RR +4.012s
8. Peter Hickman GBR JG Speedfit Kawasaki ZX-10R +4.410s
9. Stuart Easton GBR ePayMe Yamaha YZF-R1 +7.539s
10. Luke Mossey GBR Quattro Plant Kawasaki ZX-10R +9.465s
Championship Standings after Round Three:
1. Leon Haslam JG Speedfit Kawasaki – 93
2. Shane Byrne Be Wiser Ducati – 90
3. Christian Iddon Tyco BMW – 86
4. Richard Cooper Buildbase BMW – 74
5. Michael Laverty Tyco BMW – 66