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Brookes fastest in final seconds

Saturday, April 30 2011

Relentless Suzuki's Josh Brookes topped the times in the opening free practice session at Oulton Park this morning in the final seconds to displace championship leader Tommy Hill, who had been fastest for the majority of the session on the Swan Yamaha.

Hill set a time of 1m:36.987s with less than 20 minutes of the session remaining to put himself at the top of the times with Kiyonari running second until Michael Laverty went second fastest with less than two minutes remaining.

Kiyonari then got bumped further down the order in the closing minutes as Josh Brookes went second fastest, but the Relentless Suzuki by TAS rider was not done and his final lap toppled Hill by 0.143s. That left Brookes to finish the session fastest ahead of Hill and Kiyonari.

Jon Kirkham was the fastest of the Samsung Crescent Racing Suzukis in fourth as he moved up a place to fourth in the final two minutes to push Laverty back to fifth. The MSS Colchester Kawasakis had been running inside the top five, with Gary Mason nudged to sixth in the closing stages whilst Stuart Easton wasn't far adrift in seventh.

John Hopkins was eighth fastest on his first visit to the circuit; he had done some familiarisation laps a few weeks' ago, but this was his first chance to get a real feel of the Cheshire circuit. Shane 'Shakey' Byrne moved up the order to ninth as the session concluded with Mirror.co.uk BSB Evo contender Alex Lowes putting in a strong performace to finish the session in tenth.

Buildbase BMW's John Laverty will not take part in this weekend's second round following his finger injury sustained at Brands Hatch, however following surgery during the week he is aiming to return at Croft.

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship, Oulton Park, free practice one:

1. Josh Brookes (Relentless Suzuki by TAS) 1m:36.844s
2. Tommy Hill (Swan Yamaha) +0.143s
3. Ryuichi Kiyonari (HM Plant Honda) +0.162s
4. Jon Kirkham (Samsung Crescent Racing) +0.286s
5. Michael Laverty (Swan Yamaha) +0.459s
6. Gary Mason (MSS Colchester Kawasaki) +0.776s
7. Stuart Easton (MSS Colchester Kawasaki) +0.798s
8. John Hopkins (Samsung Crescent Racing) +0.852s
9. Shane Byrne (HM Plant Honda) +0.853s
10. Alex Lowes (WFR Honda) +1.109s

You can purchase tickets for the Oulton Park round of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship this weekend on the gate with adult admission £12 on Sunday and £30 on Monday, children 12 and under go free. For further ticket information click the link below or call 0843 453 9000.