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Hill heads times in rain interrupted free practice two

Saturday, August 25 2012

Tommy Hill maintained his position at the top of the times in the second free practice session at Cadwell Park for the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship, which was interrupted by heavy rainfall.

MSS Bathams Kawasaki's Danny Buchan took the initial lead in the session from Padgetts Honda's Ian Lowry with Hill again moving up the order in dry conditions ahead of Tyco Suzuki's Alastair Seeley and Samsung Honda's Michael Laverty.

MSS Bathams Kawasaki's Michael Rutter again had a strong start to the session; he was fifth fastest as he moved ahead of Lowry and the first Pr1mo Bournemouth Kawasaki of Chris Walker.  Buchan ended the shortened session in eighth ahead of Gary Mason and Splitlath Redmond Racing's Mark Aitchison. It was another challenging session for Luca Scassa and Noriyuki Haga who both tipped off unhurt.

The session was red flagged when Shane 'Shakey' Byrne crashed at the Hairpin, he was taken to the medical centre where he was assessed for a shoulder injury. Heavy rainfall then promted the remainder of the session to be ended prematurely.

Hill said: "We were happy with our pace today; we made some changes in the second session and we also changed the engine but I had a bit of a nightmare to start with as I forgot to put my ear plugs in again and I can't explain what that is like but I only managed the one flying lap before I had to come in. That was a good lap and then the session was stopped with Shakey's crash and then we had a huge hailstorm. We still have some changes we want to try to the chassis in the last free practice session tomorrow morning before qualifying as we lost some time today with the weather but I am fairly happy."   

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

  1. Tommy Hill (Swan Yamaha) 1m:28.477s
  2. Alastair Seeley (Tyco Suzuki) +0.800s
  3. Alex Lowes (WFR Honda) +0.847s
  4. Michael Laverty (Samsung Honda) +0.885s
  5. Michael Rutter (MSS Bathams Kawasaki) +1.093s
  6. Ian Lowry (Padgetts Honda) +1.105s
  7. Chris Walker (Pr1mo Bournemouth Kawasaki) +1.152s
  8. Danny Buchan (MSS Bathams Kawasaki) +1.363s
  9. Gary Mason (Pr1mo Bournemouth Kawasaki) +1.472s
  10. Mark Aitchison (Splitlath Redmond Racing) +1.561s

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.