BSB Brands Hatch Race 2 Results: Brookes resists rampant Redding

BSB Brands Hatch - Race 2 Results: Josh Brookes rebuffs a final lap overtake by Scott Redding to keep his title hopes alive into the final race of the year

Josh Brookes - Be Wiser Ducati [Ian Hopgood Photography]

The 2019 British Superbike Championship title battle will go down to the wire after Josh Brookes resisted a charging Scott Redding to keep the pressure on his rival heading into the final race of the year at Brands Hatch.

A race that built in tension right up to a thrilling final lap battle between the two Be Wiser Ducati riders, Redding clawed himself back into contention from a poor start to mount a fierce final lap attack in his quest for the win that would have put him right on the cusp of the championship.

Indeed, a poor start and a wide run through Druids on lap one initially had Redding down in eighth place as Brookes held the lead from pole position and though progress was initially slow, the ex-MotoGP rider was up to third by lap seven of 20 to set off in pursuit of Brookes and Tommy Bridewell ahead.

Stalking the duo for several laps, Redding made his move on Bridewell stick on lap 18 before sizing up Brookes for a smart block pass into Paddock Hill Bend as they entered the final lap.

However, the Australian responded straight back with an untidy but determined retake of the lead into Druids – one that pushed them both wide – before resisting his team-mate to the chequered flag.

A crucial result for Brookes, had Redding completed the win then he’d need a mere 15th place finish in race three to be crowned champion even if the Australian won it.

Even so, the odds are still stacked in Redding’s favour as he takes a 14-point lead into the final race meaning he needs a fifth place to be assured of the title. 

Bridewell followed home in third place to confirm a top three finish in the overall standings, while Tarran Mackenzie mounted a strong ride to finish fourth, ahead of Christian Iddon, Danny Buchan and Jason O’Halloran.

Peter Hickman, Andrew Irwin and Taylor Mackenzie completed the top ten.

BSB Brands Hatch GP - Race 2 Results

BSB Brands Hatch GP - Race Results (2)
1Josh Brookes (S)AUSBe Wiser Ducati PBMDucati Panigale V4 R20 Laps
2Scott Redding (S)GBRBe Wiser Ducati PBMDucati Panigale V4 R+0.119
3Tommy Bridewell (S)GBROxford Racing DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R+0.796
4Tarran Mackenzie (S)GBRMcAMS YamahaYamaha R1+7.240
6Christian IddonGBRTyco BMWBMW S1000RR+8.236
6Danny Buchan (S)GBRFS-3 Racing KawasakiKawasaki ZX-10RR+8.753
7Jason O'HalloranAUSMcAMS YamahaYamaha R1+9.771
8Peter Hickman (S)GBRSmiths Racing BMWBMW S1000RR+12.478
9Andrew IrwinGBRHonda RacingHonda CBR1000RR+18.246
10Taylor MackenzieGBRTyco BMWBMW S1000RR+20.862
11Xavi ForesESPHonda RacingHonda CBR1000RR+22.513
12Dan LinfootGBRSantander Salt TAG YamahaYamaha R1+22.616
13Alex OlsenGBRSmiths Racing BMWBMW S1000RR+23.537
14Bradley RayGBRBuildbase SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R100R+26.267
15Luke MosseyGBROMG Racing SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R100R+30.331
16Luke StaplefordGBRBuildbase SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R100R+33.523
17James EllisonGBROMG Racing SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R100R+33.679
18Dean HarrisonGBRSilicone Engineering RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR+36.095
19Hector BarberaESPQuattro Plant JG SpeedfitKawasaki ZX-10RR+45.198
20Claudio CortiITAWD-40 Racing KawasakiKawasaki ZX-10RR+46.022
21Matt TrueloveGBRRacedays YamahaYamaha R1+52.339
22Billy McConnellAUSOMG Racing SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R100R+56.166
23Josh OwensGBRCDH RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR+58.346
24Gino ReaGBRBike Devil SwedaMV Agusta F4+2 laps
25Shaun WinfieldGBRSantander Salt TAG YamahaYamaha R113 Laps
26Sam CoventryGBRTeam 64 KawasakiKawasaki ZX-10RR7 Laps
27Joe FrancisGBRPR Racing Lloyds & JonesBMW S1000RR6 Laps
28Ryan VickersGBRRAF Regular & ReservesKawasaki ZX-10RR2 Laps
29Ben CurrieAUSQuattro Plant JG SpeedfitKawasaki ZX-10RR0 Laps