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Cadwell Park highs for Lowes

Sunday, August 26 2012

WFR Honda are celebrating their first pole position of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship season this afternoon as Alex Lowes set the pace to head off defending champion Tommy Hill at his home circuit to a rapturous response from the team and the trackside crowd.

Lowes had been impressive throughout all three stages of qualifying and in the final session he pushed on to take the advantage from Hill, who had been fastest in all three free practice sessions, to score his second pole position and the team's first in the championship.

Lowes said: "That was a mega session for me, I had been a bit worried how it might go at the start as it started wet then was drying but I have been really enjoying riding this weekend. The WFR Honda team have done a great job and we know we are capable of two good races tomorrow. I am really buzzing after that and tomorrow we will be pushing for those championship points."

The Q1 session was declared wet and was therefore extended to 25 minutes and as the track continued to dry it was a fast-moving opener to qualifying as eight different riders had a spell at the top of the times before Lowes set the fastest lap in the last minute. Samsung Honda's Jon Kirkham had been at the top of the time sheets in the initial stages, before improving with every lap to keep himself inside the top eight.

Splitlath Redmond Racing's Mark Aitchison then put the Aprilia to the top of the times ahead of Luke Quigley, with the GBmoto Honda rider then taking the advantage before Hill and Karl Harris moved ahead to push them down the order. Lowes' last lap put him fastest in Q1 from Kirkham, Michael Rutter with a last lap improvement on the MSS Bathams Kawasaki and James Westmoreland.

In Q2 there was disappointment for the Tyco Suzuki team as Alastair Seeley and Josh Brookes both missed out on Q3, and will start from eleventh and twelfth respectively. Ian Lowry and Chris Walker who are both bidding for positions in the Showdown also missed the top ten cut with the pair ending the session in fourteenth and fifteenth for the Padgetts Honda and Pr1mo Bournemouth Kawasaki racing teams.

As Lowes headed off champion Hill for pole a resurgent Kirkham continued to challenge for the front row as the Samsung Honda rider scored his first front row starting position since the opening round at Brands Hatch when he was victorious. Kirkham demoted his team-mate Michael Laverty to row two with Harris giving the Quattro Plant Kawasaki team their best qualifying result of the season in fifth.

MSS Bathams Kawasaki's Danny Buchan continued to impress in his rookie season as he claimed sixth in only his second outing on the Superbike whilst team-mate Rutter's session ended in disaster when he slipped off at the Gooseneck to end tenth. Peter Hickman held seventh for Buildbase BMW ahead of the second WFR Honda of James Westmoreland. Splitlath Redmond Racing also celebrated their best session of the season, moving into Q3 for the first time with Aitchison qualifying in ninth. 

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship, Cadwell Park, qualifying result:

  1. Alex Lowes (WFR Honda) 1m:27.505s
  2. Tommy Hill (Swan Yamaha) +0.029s
  3. Jon Kirkham (Samsung Honda) +0.179s
  4. Michael Laverty (Samsung Honda) +0.481s
  5. Karl Harris (Quattro Plant Kawasaki) +0.496s
  6. Danny Buchan (MSS Bathams Kawasaki) +0.651s
  7. Peter Hickman (Buildbase BMW) +0.747s
  8. James Westmoreland (WFR Honda) +0.829s
  9. Mark Aitchison (Splitlath Redmond Racing) +1.027s
  10. Michael Rutter (MSS Bathams Kawasaki) +8.391s

Click here for full qualifying results

Adult admission is £30 on Monday (main raceday). Children aged 12 and under are admitted free. For more information visitwww.cadwellpark.co.uk or call 0843 453 9000.