2019 British Superbike Championship

Round Four – Brands Hatch

Josh Brookes retained his King of Brands crown by claiming a stunning double victory at Brands Hatch at the fourth round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship, ensuring he’s in with a fighting chance of securing the Integro Triple Crown after winning the opening two of the six-race contest.

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Josh Brookes celebrates victory at Brands Hatch

Brookes delivered a masterful performance in the first race of the weekend to stake his claim on the Integro Triple Crown. The race was declared wet, but with the potential of a drying track pole-sitter Scott Redding opted for an intermediate rear tyre and on lap one he dropped straight through the pack. Despite changing conditions during the race, the Donington Park triple race winner had to nurse his Be Wiser Ducati home in 22nd place.

Brookes was sitting eighth on the opening lap after a steady start off the line, but at the front Dan Linfoot was leading Tommy Bridewell before the pair changed positions on the second lap as the Oxford Racing Ducati rider emerged ahead.

Bridewell and Linfoot were inseparable as they continued to edge an advantage but then Linfoot was ready to try and make a break, passing his Ducati rival into Paddock Hill Bend on lap 15 to reclaim the lead as Brookes continued to carve his way up the order.

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Dan Linfoot leads Tom Bridewell

Brookes had dispensed with the pack ahead of him and was closing down the leading pair and by lap 17 the 2015 champion had bridged a nine-second gap from the midpoint of the race to tail Bridewell before making a move at Druids.

Brookes then had Linfoot in his sights with three laps remaining and a lap later he fired the Be Wiser Ducati ahead at Clearways to hit the front of the pack for the first time and then hold the advantage to the chequered flag. The win gives Brookes the first of the six race wins in the Integro Triple Crown and the chance to bag a potential £75,000 prize.

Linfoot became the eighth different podium finisher of the 2019 season to claim the first top three finish of the season for the Santander Salt TAG Yamaha team, with Bridewell crossing the line third to move to the top of the championship standings.

Danny Buchan had been another rider to scythe his way through the pack to move up into the top five before making a move on Peter Hickman with four laps to go to claim fourth place, with the Smiths Racing BMW rider completing the top five at the chequered flag.

The Tyco BMW pairing were battling for sixth place with Keith Farmer getting the better of his teammate Christian Iddon on the final lap and Jason O’Halloran dropping to eighth after starting the race in a potential podium position. The lone McAMS Yamaha rider had been running in third until the midpoint of the race, but he was forced to hold off an attack from Andrew Irwin on the leading Honda Racing Fireblade and Glenn Irwin on the Quattro Plant – JG Speedfit Kawasaki who completed the top ten.

Race Two

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2019 BSB Round Four – Brands Hatch

At the start of race two Brookes launched off the line to lead the pack into Paddock Hill Bend for the first time ahead of Redding and Linfoot with Bridewell also in close contention. The Oxford Racing Ducati rider was on a mission and he made a move on race one podium finisher Linfoot on lap four to move into third with the Be Wiser Ducatis ahead of him.

Bridewell was pushing to make a move on Redding and by lap ten he was on his back wheel, with the Donington Park triple race winner running wide into Paddock Hill Bend, giving Bridewell the opportunity he needed to take the advantage into Druids.

Bridewell was reeling in Brookes and shadowing him for the lead but it wasn’t enough for the 2015 champion to be displaced from the lead and he withstood the pressure from his championship rival to take the chequered flag first and claim the Bennetts Rewards King of Brands title.

Redding was able to return to the podium after the disappointment of race one in third place but behind there was another intense battle between Buchan and Linfoot with the FS3-Racing Kawasaki rider taking the place at half race distance and holding off the Santander Salt TAG Yamaha to the finish.

BSB RNd BrandsHatch SBK Race Podium Brookes Bridewell Redding A
Bennetts British Superbike Championship
Brands Hatch, Race 2 Results
Josh Brookes (Be Wiser Ducati)
Tommy Bridewell (Oxford Racing Ducati) +0.238s
Scott Redding (Be Wiser Ducati) +10.248s

Iddon was embroiled in a battle of the BMWs from which he emerged the victor, getting the better of Hickman and Farmer after a race-long duel with the Tyco BMW pairing split by the Smiths Racing BMW.

O’Halloran was ninth on the sole McAMS Yamaha with Glenn Irwin holding off Luke Mossey, Andrew Irwin and Xavi Forés for tenth place. It was a disappointing race for Brands Hatch local Bradley Ray who crashed out unhurt at Hawthorns.

Josh Brookes

“It’s great to get a couple of wins towards that big cash prize but I’ve got to be focused on the championship – that’s my main concern, main goal, my main focus, I’m championship orientated so that’s why I’m most pleased with today’s results.

“It’s been a tough weekend. Fortunately I’ve been able to be at the front for most of the weekend, most of the sessions, and that final race I got away to a good start, pulled a small gap for a few laps and then it snuck out to about 1.5 I got on my board and I was thinking ‘okay, this is good, I might be able to control the race and not have to risk too much and not destroy the tyres too much and just work with that’.

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Josh Brookes

“And then all of a sudden my board showed Tom was second and then that I only had .3 of a gap so that plan had to be dropped, and I started going quicker and quicker.

“On our bikes it shows our best lap time we’ve done, so you each lap you can use that as a reference whether you’re going quicker than your previous best lap or slower – and I was almost exactly zeros on the dash almost every lap.

“If I did make a little mistake in the early part of the lap and lost a couple of tenths, I just tried harder and squeezed a bit more out and got it back at the end of the lap. Even doing that Tom just stayed with me the whole race, like he said our bikes are so evenly matched.

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Brookes leads Redding and Linfoot

“Everything I tried to do to break away from him, he could match it with his speed. I was thinking to myself, as long I don’t make any mistakes he can’t ride faster, he can’t physically make something happen different than what we’re already doing. I did actually make once mistake, but it was a bit earlier in the race and he wasn’t able to capitalise on that.

“Fortunate to get the win and bring it home, it was really a tough race and he pushed me to the end and to get the King of Brands trophy again is great.”

BSB RNd BrandsHatch SBK Race Podium Brookes Bridewell Redding
Bennetts British Superbike Championship
Brands Hatch, Race 2 Results
Josh Brookes (Be Wiser Ducati)
Tommy Bridewell (Oxford Racing Ducati) +0.238s
Scott Redding (Be Wiser Ducati) +10.248s

Dan Linfoot

“I’m leaving Brands Hatch much happier, I’m a lot more relaxed knowing my bike is back to normal. Obviously, the podium in race 1 was mega! It was wet but it was a hard race, I rode well and we had good pace so that has got me smiling! Then with the second race being dry I’m just really happy that we made it to the flag and I could push every lap and not have the chatter issues I’ve had previously and throughout the whole first part of the season really. It’s nice now I know that I can build every lap and get to the flag without any technical issues. The season starts here and with a second and a fifth in the bag I’m taking away a good handful of points which was what my target was at round one. We’ve got a little bit of catching up to do now to try and challenge for a Showdown spot.”

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Dan Linfoot

Peter Hickman

“It’s been a very good weekend for both myself and the team and although it was a bit of a culture shock coming back to the short circuits after the TT, I had two good races. I struggled a bit in practice initially but made a breakthrough in qualifying and went on to pick up some good points. Race one saw very changeable conditions and although it would have been nice to have got a podium, fifth place was a good result especially as I haven’t ridden the new Smiths BMW much in the wet. Seventh in the second race was ok and I have moved up from 12th to eighth in the rider standings and a lot closer to the top six so we’re slowly but surely getting close to where we want to be.”

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Peter Hickman

Jason O’Halloran

“After qualifying on the front row yesterday, we were expecting a lot better than what we got today. The first race was really tricky in the wet conditions, I started quite well but I had a problem with a lack of feeling at the front end and slowly drifted back. I started the second race on row four, which was always going to be difficult. The first lap was something else, there were people left, right and centre and I ended up 15th on lap one. I got back up to ninth and then didn’t have any more pace to close down the gap, so we had to bring it home for some points. We have some work to do; we have to improve the feeling with the bike. We’ll put our heads together and try and improve our race pace. I need a better feeling in race conditions.”

BSB RNd BrandsHatch Ohalloran
Jason O’Halloran
1Josh BROOKES0.000
2Dan LINFOOT1.736
3Tommy BRIDEWELL5.224
4Danny BUCHAN6.305
5Peter HICKMAN9.836
6Keith FARMER16.521
7Christian IDDON17.150
8Jason O’HALLORAN17.743
9Andrew IRWIN17.934
10Glenn IRWIN22.406
11Luke MOSSEY25.517
12James ELLISON29.098
13Luke STAPLEFORD53.308
14Xavi FORÉS53.440
15Josh ELLIOTT54.190
16Claudio CORTI54.319
17Bradley RAY56.092
18Matt TRUELOVE57.140
19Sam COVENTRY1:03.558
20Dean HIPWELL1:13.738
21Sylvain BARRIER1:19.929
22Scott REDDING1:23.117
23Shaun WINFIELD1 Lap
24Héctor BARBERÁ1 Lap
1Josh BROOKES0.000
2Tommy BRIDEWELL0.238
3Scott REDDING10.248
4Danny BUCHAN14.024
5Dan LINFOOT15.568
6Christian IDDON16.899
7Peter HICKMAN18.364
8Keith FARMER19.926
9Jason O’HALLORAN22.138
10Glenn IRWIN27.223
11Luke MOSSEY27.284
12Andrew IRWIN27.547
13Xavi FORÉS29.355
14James ELLISON36.055
15Josh ELLIOTT36.226
16Claudio CORTI36.893
17Luke STAPLEFORD41.396
18Matt TRUELOVE45.569
19Sylvain BARRIER47.713
20Héctor BARBERÁ53.677
21Joe FRANCIS58.000
22Sam COVENTRY1:05.119
23Shaun WINFIELD1:05.154
24Dean HIPWELL1:11.708
DNFBradley RAY13 Laps
1Tommy BRIDEWELL (Ducati)145
2Scott REDDING (Ducati)131
3Josh BROOKES (Ducati)124
4Tarran MACKENZIE (Yamaha)108
5Danny BUCHAN (Kawasaki)94
6Xavi FORÉS (Honda)75
7Christian IDDON (BMW)63
8Peter HICKMAN (BMW)61
9Andrew IRWIN (Honda)59
10Jason O’HALLORAN (Yamaha)57
11Josh ELLIOTT (Suzuki)54
12Keith FARMER (BMW)54
13Dan LINFOOT (Yamaha)47
14Luke MOSSEY (Suzuki)41
15Luke STAPLEFORD (Suzuki)34
16Glenn IRWIN (Kawasaki)26
17Bradley RAY (Suzuki)22
18Héctor BARBERÁ (Kawasaki)18
19Ryan VICKERS (Kawasaki)18
20Claudio CORTI (Kawasaki)13
21James ELLISON (BMW)8
22Dean HARRISON (Kawasaki)4
23Ben CURRIE (Kawasaki)3
24David ALLINGHAM (Yamaha)1

Supersport 600

Alastair Seeley took victory in the opening Dickies British Supersport race at Brands Hatch, powering past title rival Jack Kennedy on the run to the line. It was the EHA Racing Yamaha of Seeley who grabbed the holeshot, but the GP2 machine of Kyle Ryde had sliced his way through as they crossed the line at the end of lap one.

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Alastair Seeley

Seeley, Ryde, Kennedy and Brad Jones traded places throughout the opening five laps before spots of rain saw the red flag deployed. Declared a wet race, the restart began in dry conditions and saw the quintet again battling at the front but as the rain returned it allowed Bradley Perie and Ben Wilson to both take turns leading the race.

Coming down to the final lap, Seeley led at the start but Kennedy moved through to lead on the run into Clearways. Coming onto the straight Kennedy held the lead but Seeley was able to power through to take the win by just 0.026s. On his debut ride on the GP2 machine, Mason Law took the win ahead of Jamie Perrin and Kyle Ryde.

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Alastair Seeley

Integro Yamaha’s Jack Kennedy was back to winning ways in the Brands Hatch Dickies British Supersport Feature race, cruising to his fifth victory of the season by 2.103s. As he did in yesterday’s Sprint race, Kyle Ryde stormed to the lead off the line on his GP2 machine to control the race for the opening laps. A fast charging Seeley took over front running on lap five, moving from third to first in one move however just one lap later saw Kennedy take over front running.

A series of fast laps from Kennedy saw him able to extend his lead, eventually climbing to two seconds by the chequered flag. Brad Jones again finished third place, eventually passing Ryde on track in the closing stages.

Kyle Ryde took his seventh British GP2 victory of the year, finishing fourth overall, just ahead of fellow GP2 rider Jamie Perrin. Sam Wilford completed the podium, seventh overall just one place behind Harry Truelove.

1Alastair SEELEY0.000
2Jack KENNEDY0.026
3Brad JONES0.629
4Ben WILSON1.763
5Charlie NESBITT1.833
6Bradley PERIE2.367
7Richard KERR4.135
8Mason LAW14.281
9Jamie PERRIN15.767
10Harry TRUELOVE25.559
11Kurt WIGLEY29.341
12Ross TWYMAN29.804
13Ross PATTERSON30.740
14Kyle RYDE30.763
15Josh OWENS32.862
16Jorel BOERBOOM35.651
17Sam WILFORD39.671
18Jake ARCHER39.989
19Phil WAKEFIELD43.045
20Tomás DE VRIES46.475
21Thomas STRUDWICK47.464
22William WHITE1:00.587
23Alan NAYLOR1:23.029
DNFDominic PETTIT6 Laps
1Jack KENNEDY0.000
2Alastair SEELEY2.103
3Brad JONES12.223
4Kyle RYDE12.287
5Jamie PERRIN20.673
6Harry TRUELOVE26.188
7Sam WILFORD30.205
8Charlie NESBITT35.915
9Ben WILSON38.808
10Richard KERR38.880
11Bradley PERIE38.935
12Rory SKINNER45.364
13Kurt WIGLEY47.147
14Ross PATTERSON48.860
15Ross TWYMAN55.665
16Thomas STRUDWICK56.651
17William WHITE56.985
18Phil WAKEFIELD1:05.972
19Jorel BOERBOOM1:06.434
20Jake ARCHER1:07.254
21Tomás DE VRIES1:17.926
22Louis VALLELEY1 Lap
23Alan NAYLOR1 Lap
24Dominic PETTIT1 Lap
DNFMason LAW2 Laps
1Alastair SEELEY175
2Jack KENNEDY145
3Brad JONES132
5Richard KERR68
8Bradley PERIE55
9Kurt WIGLEY54
10Charlie NESBITT45
11Rory SKINNER43
13Ross TWYMAN33
15Tatsuya YAMAGUCHI19
16Eugene McMANUS18
17Matt WIGLEY16
20William WHITE6
21Alan NAYLOR4
22Ryan DIXON3
23Grant McINTOSH3
24Dominic PETTIT2
25Jason LYNN1
26Paul JORDAN1

British Superstock 1000

Richard Cooper and Lee Jackson shared the victories from the opening Pirelli National Superstock 1000 race at Brands Hatch, with the Buildbase Suzuki man losing out on the double on the line in the second-half.

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Richard Cooper

It was Cooper who grabbed the best leap from the line in the opening 16 lapper, and led the opening lap. FS-3 Racing’s Lee Jackson quickly came past and started to pull a gap on the chasing pack.

The Buildbase Suzuki man quickly got back into a rhythm and found a way past Jackson with ten laps to go, however Mackenzie was lurking behind in third.

After a bunch of exciting overtakes between the leading three, it would be Championship leader Cooper who took the first-half victory from Jackson and Mackenzie.

The second-half saw once again Cooper, Jackson and Mackenzie battle it out at the front. The trio swapped places all race long, but it was Jackson who nicked the second-half victory from Cooper on the line with Mackenzie third.

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Lee Jackson

Bathams Racing’s Taylor Mackenzie took his first victory of 2019 in wet conditions on Sunday, storming ahead of Richard Cooper and Lee Jackson.

It was Cooper who grabbed the holeshot, and he and Taylor Mackenzie pulled a gap on the chasing pack. However, the duo were quickly caught by Lewis Rollo who posted the fastest lap of the race in the process.

Rollo crashed out with eight laps to go leaving Mackenzie and Cooper to battle it out at the front, and it would be the Bathams Racing man who crossed the line for the victory with Cooper second and Jackson third.

South Australian Levi Day scored two top-ten finishes.

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Levi Day
1Richard COOPER0.000
2Lee JACKSON0.216
3Taylor MACKENZIE0.429
4Alex OLSEN1.008
5Luke HEDGER8.976
6Lewis ROLLO11.015
7Benjamin GODFREY16.128
8Joe COLLIER16.578
9Levi DAY16.615
10Eemeli LAHTI18.513
11Tom NEAVE18.584
12Andrew REID22.376
13Tom WARD24.356
14Leon JEACOCK24.604
15George STANLEY28.948
16Rob McNEALY29.986
17Bjorn ESTMENT30.090
18Tim NEAVE32.851
19Graeme IRWIN33.474
20Tom TUNSTALL34.480
21Daniel COOPER37.841
22Brayden ELLIOTT37.925
23Barry TEASDALE49.094
24Joe SHELDON-SHAW49.594
25Dan STAMPER50.397
26Milo WARD51.851
27James WHITE55.684
28James HENRY57.001
29Josh WOOD1:09.158
30Kevin SILVAIN1 Lap
31Nico CIPRIANO1 Lap
33Jim WALKER1 Lap
DNFSam COX9 Laps
DNFJamie TIBBLE10 Laps
DNFLuke JONES12 Laps
1Lee JACKSON0.000
2Richard COOPER0.073
3Taylor MACKENZIE0.970
4Benjamin GODFREY16.280
5Levi DAY16.485
6Lewis ROLLO19.343
7Andrew REID26.534
8Tom WARD27.814
9Bjorn ESTMENT27.987
10Rob McNEALY37.301
11Tom TUNSTALL38.635
12Brayden ELLIOTT38.845
13Dan STAMPER46.091
14James HENRY47.574
15Joe SHELDON-SHAW48.159
16Milo WARD54.323
17James WHITE55.074
18Barry TEASDALE1:08.668
19Kevin SILVAIN1:25.820
20Nico CIPRIANO1 Lap
21Jim WALKER1 Lap
NCJosh WOOD7 Laps
DNFGraeme IRWIN8 Laps
DNFEemeli LAHTI15 Laps
1Taylor MACKENZIE0.000
2Richard COOPER6.036
3Lee JACKSON18.010
4Luke JONES36.108
5Tom WARD51.325
6Tom NEAVE1:00.261
7Rob McNEALY1:03.981
8Levi DAY1:06.061
9Bjorn ESTMENT1:07.910
10Tim NEAVE1:09.667
11Joe COLLIER1:11.104
12Daniel COOPER1:14.725
13Barry TEASDALE1:20.272
14Dan STAMPER1:28.319
15Tom TUNSTALL1:34.210
16James WHITE1:43.340
17Kevin SILVAIN1 Lap
18Graeme IRWIN1 Lap
19Brayden ELLIOTT1 Lap
20Luke HOPKINS1 Lap
21Nico CIPRIANO2 Laps
DNFAndrew REID7 Laps
DNFJames HENRY7 Laps
DNFLewis ROLLO10 Laps
DNFJosh WOOD11 Laps
DNFJamie TIBBLE11 Laps
DNFBenjamin GODFREY12 Laps
DNFEemeli LAHTI13 Laps
DNFAlex OLSEN15 Laps
1Richard COOPER166.5
2Taylor MACKENZIE128
3Alex OLSEN99.5
5Lewis ROLLO66.5
6Tom NEAVE51.5
7Eemeli LAHTI50.5
8Levi DAY42
9Luke HEDGER38.5
10Tom WARD26
11Chrissy ROUSE25.5
12Luke JONES24
13Billy McCONNELL21.5
14Benjamin GODFREY20.5
16Leon JEACOCK18
17Andrew REID17.5
18Tim NEAVE16.5
19Rob McNEALY12
20Bjorn ESTMENT11
21Michael RUTTER8
22Milo WARD6
24Jordan WEAVING5.5
25Paul McLUNG4.5
28Dan STAMPER3.5
30James WHITE2
31Brayden ELLIOTT2
32George STANLEY2
33Davey TODD1
34Graeme IRWIN1
35James HENRY1
36Aaron CLARKE0.5
37Craig NEVE0.5