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Brookes wins dramatic race two as Byrne and Lowes crash out

Sunday, October 20 2013

An incident-filled second MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship race at Brands Hatch has left the title fight wide open ahead of the last race of the season with Alex Lowes and Shane 'Shakey' Byrne dramatically crashing out as Josh Brookes claimed a sensational win.

The changing conditions made it a tough choice for the teams ahead of the race but at the start Byrne hit the front at Paddock Hill Bend, however as the pack streamed up to Druids James Westmoreland had pushed the Buildbase BMW to the front of the field. The drama started early for standings leader Alex Lowes as he crashed his Samsung Honda on the exit of Druids on the opening lap, leaving him dejected.

James Ellison had hit the front of the pack by Surtees on lap one ahead of Westmoreland and Halsall Racing Kawasaki's Lee Costello in third. The former Superstock contender soon made a move on his Buildbase BMW rival and behind Matteo Baiocco on the Rapido Sport Racing Ducati had also got off to a lightning start.

Ellison was holding the lead until he ran wide at Druids on the fifth lap and he rejoined in third as his Milwaukee Yamaha team-mate Tommy Bridewell crashed out unhurt at Druids. Byrne was down in ninth as the track conditions continued to change but the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki rider dramatically then slid out of contention at Druids a lap later, with the standings remaining with still three points between Lowes and Byrne ahead of the final race this afternoon.

Costello was still holding the lead at the front from Ellison and Westmoreland but Josh Brookes was taking advantage of the track conditions as he was closing in on the lead pack; the Australian had been as far as 15 seconds adrift in the early stages of the race but he soon pushed himself into contention.

Ellison then moved into the lead on the fifteenth lap, pushing Costello to second, but the Halsall Racing Kawasaki rider fought back to reclaim the lead. The leading pair though had been sensationally closed by Brookes and the Tyco Suzuki and it came down to the final lap of the race to decide the podium. Brookes first passed Ellison and then had his sights set on Costello and despite some attempts to make a move it wasn't until Clearways for the last time that the Australian moved into the lead to claim his second win of the weekend. Costello held on to second to claim his first podium position in MCE BSB and to equal the Halsall Racing Kawasaki team's best result with Ellison completing the podium line up.

Westmoreland held on to fourth ahead of Chris Walker who scored a top five position for Quattro Plant Bournemouth Kawasaki after a battle with PJ Jacobsen on the Tyco Suzuki and Dan Linfoot on the Lloyds British GBmoto Honda. Jon Kirkham, Jakub Smrz and Freddy Foray completed the top ten. 

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship, Brands Hatch, race two result:

  1. Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki)
  2. Lee Costello (Halsall Racing Kawasaki) +0.196s
  3. James Ellison (Milwaukee Yamaha) +0.728s
  4. James Westmoreland (Buildbase BMW) +9.127s
  5. Chris Walker (Quattro Plant Bournemouth Kawasaki) +16.826s
  6. PJ Jacobsen (Tyco Suzuki) +17.198s
  7. Dan Linfoot (Lloyds British GBmoto Honda) +30.805s
  8. Jon Kirkham (Buildbase BMW) +41.399s
  9. Jakub Smrz (Padgetts Honda) +48.080s
  10. Freddy Foray (Samsung Honda) +51.836s

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship standings after Brands Hatch race two:

  1. Alex Lowes (Samsung Honda) 623
  2. Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) 620
  3. Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki) 596
  4. James Ellison (Milwaukee Yamaha) 578
  5. James Westmoreland (Buildbase BMW) 555
  6. Ryuichi Kiyonari (Samsung Honda) 522