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Hill fastest as Harris pushes to the finish

Sunday, August 26 2012

Swan Yamaha's Tommy Hill topped the times in the third and final free practice session of the weekend but the defending champion was pushed all the way by a closing Karl Harris on the Quattro Plant Kawasaki in the final minutes.

Hill continued to push hard as he bids to extend his minimal advantage this weekend but behind him the positions continued to shuffle as Harris bided his time to move second ahead of Alex Lowes in the final minutes of the session. WFR Honda's Lowes performance proved that he is going to be fighting for his best result of the season as he bids to move inside the top six ahead of the Showdown.

Samsung Honda's Michael Laverty claimed fourth position ahead of qualifying with Tyco Suzuki's Josh Brookes waiting until the final stages to move himself up to the top five after a difficult opening day on track yesterday. Buildbase BMW's Peter Hickman again broke into the top six; he moved sixth fastest before he tipped off unhurt at Mansfield.

The second Tyco Suzuki of Alastair Seeley also had a solid session in seventh ahead of MSS Bathams Kawasaki's Danny Buchan who had crashed out earlier in the session unhurt. Jon Kirkham and Michael Rutter completed the top ten.

Noriyuki Haga was determined to improve today, however he crashed out at Mansfield sustaining a left shoulder ligament injury and has subsequently been declared unfit.

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

  1. Tommy Hill (Swan Yamaha) 1m:27.653s
  2. Karl Harris (Quattro Plant Kawasaki) +0.280s
  3. Alex Lowes (WFR Honda) +0.406s
  4. Michael Laverty (Samsung Honda) +0.499s
  5. Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki) +0.810s
  6. Peter Hickman (Buildbase BMW) +0.882s
  7. Alastair Seeley (Tyco Suzuki) +0.903s
  8. Danny Buchan (MSS Bathams Kawasaki) +0.972s
  9. Jon Kirkham (Samsung Honda) +1.003s
  10. Michael Rutter (MSS Bathams Kawasaki) +1.081s

Click here for full session results.

Adult admission is £13 on Sunday (BSB qualifying) and £30 on Monday (main raceday). Children aged 12 and under are admitted free. For more information visit www.cadwellpark.co.uk or call 0843 453 9000.