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Crash and then Byrne back to the top in race two

Sunday, July 21 2013

A determined Shane 'Shakey' Byrne put his race one crash behind him in the second MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship race on the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit to win again in front of his home crowd for the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki team.

Byrne got the lead on the opening lap with James Ellison and Alex Lowes in close contention with race one winner Josh Brookes tucked in to fourth position. The leading quartet were edging ahead until the Nissan GT-R Safety Car was deployed on the seventh lap when Halsall Racing Kawasaki's Lee Costello crashed at Sheene Curve.

Byrne stacked the chasing pack up behind him and when the race resumed the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki got a lightening restart with Ellison and Lowes going with him as Brookes and Ryuichi Kiyonari were beginning to be gapped.

The Milwaukee Yamaha of Ellison was pushing Byrne over the closing stages with Lowes ready to make his attack too, but Byrne was determined to make amends and he just had the edge over Ellison on the final lap. Lowes made it a double podium celebration in third with Brookes splitting the Samsung Hondas.

The ongoing battle of the Buildbase BMWs continued in race two and a close tussle between the pair and PJ Jacobsen on the second of the Tyco Suzukis was eventually won by James Westmoreland who moved ahead on the fourteenth lap and fended off their challenges. Dan Linfoot was back inside the top ten for Lloyds British GBmoto Honda at their home round and Keith Farmer completed the top ten. 

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship, Brands Hatch GP, race two result:

  1. Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki)
  2. James Ellison (Milwaukee Yamaha) +0.191s
  3. Alex Lowes (Samsung Honda) +0.289s
  4. Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki) +2.815s
  5. Ryuichi Kiyonari (Samsung Honda) +7.010s
  6. James Westmoreland (Buildbase BMW) +8.044s
  7. Jon Kirkham (Buildbase BMW) +10.201s
  8. PJ Jacobsen (Tyco Suzuki) +11.134s
  9. Dan Linfoot (Lloyds British GBmoto Honda) +14.902s
  10. Keith Farmer (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) +15.513s

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship standings after Brands Hatch:

  1. Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) 232
  2. Alex Lowes (Samsung Honda) 211
  3. Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki) 210
  4. James Ellison (Milwaukee Yamaha) 120
  5. Ryuichi Kiyonari (Samsung Honda) 110
  6. Jon Kirkham (Buildbase BMW) 100

The next major event at Brands Hatch will be the British F3/GT Championships on 10/11 August. Tickets are available onlnie from £18, with free entry for children aged 12 and under. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click  here.