Shane Byrne has secured the MCE British Superbike championship lead with victory in the Brands Hatch GP opener which was red flagged due to rain.
The Be Wiser Ducati rider was involved in a multiple rider battle in the final laps for the win after an early safety car bunched the pack up after Shaun Winfield's heavy fall at Hawthorns.
The race lead changed hands almost every lap between the front-runners but Byrne only broke into the lead on lap 18 passing Dan Linfoot up the inside at Surtees. The Honda Racing rider was denied an opportunity to fight back for the win in the final two laps when the red flag came out for rain which had been circling the Brands Hatch GP circuit.
With the race somewhat prematurely halted as Byrne claimed his 16th BSB career win at the Kent circuit and Linfoot secured his first podium of 2017 in second place, Leon Haslam was forced to settle for third place on the JG Speedfit Kawasaki.
After the early safety car and difficult weather conditions it saw the top 12 split by under four seconds at the time of the red flag, as Peter Hickman narrowly missed out on a first podium of 2017 for Smiths Racing BMW in fourth but ahead of Anvil Hire Yamaha's Josh Brookes and McAMS Yamaha's James Ellison.
Jason O'Halloran recovered from a couple of hairy moments on his Honda to claim seventh from Christian Iddon on the Tyco BMW and John Hopkins on the Moto Rapido Ducati.
Bradley Ray on the Buildbase Suzuki completed the top ten just ahead of fellow youngster Jake Dixon on the RAF Reserves Kawasaki as Luke Mossey lost the championship lead after a frustrating 12th place finish.
Michael Laverty had to settle for 13th place on the McAMS Yamaha as Tommy Bridewell (Team WD-40 Kawasaki) and Lee Jackson (Smiths Racing BMW) completed the points finishers.
BSB race one results at Brands Hatch GP:
1. Shane Byrne GBR Be Wiser Ducati Panigale R 18 laps, 26m 56.039s
2. Dan Linfoot GBR Honda Racing CBR1000RR +0.365s
3. Leon Haslam GBR JG Speedfit Kawasaki ZX-10R +0.737s
4. Peter Hickman GBR Smiths Racing BMW S1000RR +0.795s
5. Josh Brookes AUS Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha YZF-R1 +1.535s
6. James Ellison GBR McAMS Yamaha YZF-R1 +1.717s
7. Jason O'Halloran AUS Honda Racing CBR1000RR +2.102s
8. Christian Iddon GBR Tyco BMW S1000RR +3.631s
9. John Hopkins USA Moto Rapido Ducati Panigale R +3.708s
10. Bradley Ray GBR Buildbase Suzuki GSX-R1000 +3.792s
11. Jake Dixon GBR RAF Reserves Kawasaki ZX-10R +3.857s
12. Luke Mossey GBR JG Speedfit Kawasaki ZX-10R +3.955s
13. Michael Laverty GBR McAMS Yamaha YZF-R1 +4.341s
14. Tommy Bridewell GBR Team WD-40 Kawasaki ZX-10R +6.775s
15. Lee Jackson GBR Smiths Racing BMW S1000RR +6.925s
16. Glenn Irwin GBR Be Wiser Ducati Panigale R +9.188s
17. Billy McConnell AUS Quattro Plant FS-3 Kawasaki ZX-10R +1 lap
18. James Westmoreland GBR Gearlink Kawasaki ZX-10R +1 lap
19. Andrew Reid GBR Tyco BMW S1000RR +1 lap
20. Martin Jessopp GBR Ridersmotorcycles BMW S1000RR +1 lap
Did not finish:
Aaron Zanotti GBR Platform Hire Yamaha YZF-R1
Taylor Mackenzie GBR Bennetts Suzuki GSX-R1000
Sylvain Guintoli FRA Bennetts Suzuki GSX-R1000
Shaun Winfield GBR Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha YZF-R1
Did not start:
Jakub Smrz CZE Lloyd & Jones/PR Racing BMW S1000RR