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Hill and Laverty set the pace ahead of qualifying

Sunday, August 28 2011

Swan Yamaha's Tommy Hill topped the final free practice session at Cadwell Park as the countdown to qualifying and the opening race of the weekend continues and the battle to be inside the top six is about to intensify in Lincolnshire.

The final free practice had several changes at the top with Swan Yamaha's Tommy Hill then Michael Laverty both setting the pace early in the session. Relentless Suzuki by TAS rider Josh Brookes then returned to the top of the times with 30 minutes remaining, but just minutes later Hill had reclaimed the advantage.

Laverty left it until the final five minutes to move second fastest ahead of Shane 'Shakey' Byrne on the first of the HM Plant Hondas to put both Swan Yamahas at the head of the times. Byrne had moved up the order during the session but team-mate Ryuichi Kiyonari was only able to finish 15th fastest ahead of this critical weekend for his title hopes. He currently holds sixth place but in the final practice session rivals Jon Kirkham and Michael Rutter were both ahead of him in eighth and ninth respectively.

Martin Jessopp had a strong session to run sixth fastest behind Peter Hickman on the Tyco Honda who is seeking a strong result at his home circuit whilst Mirror.co.uk BSB Evo rider Graeme Gowland in seventh on the WFR Honda. Chris Walker on the Pr1mo Racing Kawasaki rounded out the top ten.

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship, Cadwell Park, free practice three result:

  1. Tommy Hill (Swan Yamaha) 1m27.686s
  2. Michael Laverty (Swan Yamaha) +0.152s
  3. Shane  Byrne (HM Plant Honda) +0.202s
  4. Josh Brookes (Relentless Suzuki by TAS) +0.467s
  5. Peter Hickman (Tyco Honda) +0.473s
  6. Martin Jessopp (Rapid Solicitors-Bathams Ducati) +0.884s
  7. Graeme Gowland (WFR Honda) +0.988s
  8. Jon Kirkham (Samsung Crescent Racing Suzuki) +1.175s
  9. Michael Rutter (Rapid Solicitors-Bathams Ducati) +1.313s
  10. Chris Walker (Pr1mo Racing Kawasaki) +1.638s

Qualifying to decide the race two grid gets underway at 11:45 with the opening race at 14:45.

Tickets for the August Bank Holiday round of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship at Cadwell Park cost £30 on Bank Holiday's Monday race day and £15 on qualifying day (Sunday). For more information and to book visit www.cadwellpark.co.uk or call 0843 453 9000.