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Byrne in charge with Brands Hatch GP double

Shane Byrne has been crowned King of Brands after a dominant double victory at Brands Hatch GP.

Submitted by Haydn Cobb on Sun, 23/07/2017 - 18:01

Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]

Shane Byrne has been crowned King of Brands by clinching a second straight double victory weekend in the MCE British Superbike championship.

The Be Wiser Ducati rider eased to victory after seeing his nearest challengers Dan Linfoot and Josh Brookes crash out in separate falls during race two and by half-distance the defending BSB champion had been handed a healthy time advantage over James Ellison in second place.

With it Byrne controlled his pace to ease to victory and with it his fourth straight win to tighten his grip on the BSB championship after claiming the championship lead with his opening race win earlier in the day.

After following Linfoot in the blast off of the start line, Byrne made short work of getting to the front with a dive up the inside at Hawthorns on the opening lap and quickly set to work building a gap on the chasing pack.

With the Be Wiser Ducati rider setting a new fastest lap Brookes got past Linfoot on lap three before disaster struck for the Honda rider a lap later when he low-sided off at Druids.

But the pressure was still on Byrne when Brookes claimed his own new fastest lap record with a 1m 24.873s to close within half a second of the defending BSB champion. However, Brookes saw his race ended early when he tucked the front end of his Anvil Hire Yamaha at Surtees to tumble out of contention.

With Byrne and Brookes setting a rapid pace at the front before the Australia rider crashed out, Byrne found himself with a useful cushion on James Ellison at the midway stage of the race.

Using his wealth of BSB experience around Brands Hatch, Byrne maintained his advantage over the chasing Ellison to clinch his 17th BSB win at his home circuit and with it a double-double to strengthen his grip on the BSB title tussle.

With Ellison second, Christian Iddon held on to third place on his injury comeback for Tyco BMW as Peter Hickman narrowly missed out on the BSB podium again for Smiths Racing BMW.

JG Speedfit Kawasaki's Leon Haslam held off team-mate Luke Mossey for fifth place ahead of sole remaining Honda of Jason O'Halloran.

Standout rookie Bradley Ray continued to impress for Buildbase Suzuki ahead of McAMS Yamaha's Michael Laverty as Jake Dixon completed the top ten on the RAF Reserves Kawasaki.


BSB race two results from Brands Hatch GP:

1. Shane Byrne GBR Be Wiser Ducati Panigale R 20 laps, 28m 36.034s 
2. James Ellison GBR McAMS Yamaha YZF-R1 +5.787s 
3. Christian Iddon GBR Tyco BMW S1000RR +6.167s 
4. Peter Hickman GBR Smiths Racing BMW S1000RR +8.039s 
5. Leon Haslam GBR JG Speedfit Kawasaki ZX-10R +10.079s 
6. Luke Mossey GBR JG Speedfit Kawasaki ZX-10R +10.530s 
7. Jason O'Halloran AUS Honda Racing CBR1000RR +10.866s 
8. Bradley Ray GBR Buildbase Suzuki GSX-R1000 +13.246s 
9. Michael Laverty GBR McAMS Yamaha YZF-R1 +14.002s 
10. Jake Dixon GBR RAF Reserves Kawasaki ZX-10R +14.983s 
11. John Hopkins USA Moto Rapido Ducati Panigale R +17.861s 
12. Tommy Bridewell GBR Team WD-40 Kawasaki ZX-10R +30.857s 
13. Lee Jackson GBR Smiths Racing BMW S1000RR +30.890s 
14. Glenn Irwin GBR Be Wiser Ducati Panigale R +31.158s 
15. Taylor Mackenzie GBR Bennetts Suzuki GSX-R1000 +31.614s 

16. Billy McConnell AUS Quattro Plant FS-3 Kawasaki ZX-10R +31.680s 
17. Sylvain Guintoli FRA Bennetts Suzuki GSX-R1000 +32.772s 
18. Andrew Reid GBR Tyco BMW S1000RR +38.113s 
19. Martin Jessopp GBR Ridersmotorcycles BMW S1000RR +1.423s 
20. Aaron Zanotti GBR Platform Hire Yamaha YZF-R1 +1m 02.211s 

Did not finish: 

James Westmoreland GBR Gearlink Kawasaki ZX-10R
Josh Brookes AUS Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha YZF-R1
Dan Linfoot GBR Honda Racing CBR1000RR 

Did not start: 

Shaun Winfield GBR Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha YZF-R1
Jakub Smrz CZE Lloyd & Jones/PR Racing BMW S1000RR

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