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British Super Bikes 2012 | Round 1 Brands Hatch Indy

 

BSB Brands Hatch Testing | James Westmoreland
BSB Brands Hatch Testing | James Westmoreland

Round 1 – Brands Hatch Indy – 06th April – 09th April 2012

Author: Chris Maher, Pictures courtesy of: Chris Maher | Photography

Easter Season Opener 2012

Qualifying

Tyco Suzuki’s Josh Brookes takes pole, for the first race of the season. After dry testing and free practice sessions, the heavens opened up to soak the track prior to qualifying. Big loser on the day was 2011 champion Tommy Hill sliding off early in the first session to start the race at the back of the field. Samsung Honda’s Jon Kirkham came in second with Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki’s Shane Byrne third. Performing well also in the wet conditions was MSS Bathams Kawasaki’s Michael Rutter. While ex WSBK riders, Haga, Foray and Scassa made it to Q1.

There was a welcome return for Rapid Solicitors Stuart Easton after a bad accident in last years NW 200, qualifying in 9th position.

Front Row Grid

  1. Josh Brookes               –           Tyco Suzuki                                        52.877
  2. Jon Kirkham                –           Samsung      Honda                                  53.155
  3. Shane Byrne                –           Rapid      Solicitors Kawasaki                  53.361
  4. Tristan Palmer             –           GBmoto Racing Honda                      53.585

Race 1

The conditions worsened for race one of the 2012 MCE Insurance British Super Bikes. 5 riders didn’t complete the first lap. The safety car was deployed several times whilst debris got cleaned up, but early leader Shane Byrne made a flying start into turn one from third position of the grid. Jon Kirkham took up the front position a quarter of the way through the race.

Two thirds of the way into the race, Samsung Honda’s Jon Kirkham still had a marginal lead with Michael Rutter in second and Tyco Honda’s Alistair Seeley in third. Seeley moved into first position overtaking Kirkham into Druids. Brookes made a last minute charge to match the pace of the three leaders, but slid off line a little later to finish back in tenth position. And last seasons champion Swan Yamaha’s Tommy Hill dropped his bike in the later stages of the race and out of the points.

Seeley looked like he was going to win round one of the BSB, but losing rear grip on the final corner allowed Samsung Honda’s Jon Kirkham to accelerate past him and over the line for the first race win.

Result

  • 10       Jon Kirkham                Samsung Honda
  • 34       Alistair Seeley             Tyco Suzuki
  • 4         Michael Rutter            MSS Bathams Kawasaki
  • 5         Ian Lowry                   Padgetts Racing Honda
  • 101     Gary Mason                Quattro Plant Kawasaki Super Team
  • 46       Tommy Bridewell       Supersonic Racing BMW
  • 67       Shane Byrne                Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki
  • 27       James Westmoreland  WFR Racing Honda
  • 79       Freddy Foray              Quattro Plant Kawasaki Super Team
  • 2         Josh Brookes               Tyco Suzuki

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* Due to poor weather condition and degraded track surface through spillages, Round 2 at Brand Hatch got cancelled, and will now take place prior to the Round 3 at OultonParkon Sunday 6th May.

The next race is Round 2 at Thruxton on April 15th.

Race 1 Results Round 2 Thuxton

  1. Ian Lowry     Pagetts Racing Honda
  2. Tommy Hill     Swan Yamaha
  3. Josh Brookes     Tyco Suzuki

Race 2 Results Round 2 Thuxton

  1. Josh Brookes     Tyco Suzuki
  2. Tommy Hill     Swan Yamaha
  3. Shane Byrne     Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki

The next Round will be at Oulton Park International on May 7th

* Posponed Race result from Round 1 Brand Hatch Indy

  1. Tommy Hill     Swan Yamaha
  2. Nori Haga     Swan Yamaha
  3. Josh Brookes     Tyco Suzuki

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