BROOKES BOLTS TO BRANDS VICTORY
Josh Brookes fends off a hard challenge from Glenn Irwin to take the top step of the Bennetts British Superbike Race One at Brands Hatch.
The Australian lined up on the grid with an R1 in classic livery, marking the 20 year anniversary of Yamaha UK. His teammate, Tarran Mackenzie, also saw the new livery bring success to his side of the McAms Yamaha garage by starting from fourth on the grid. The man looking to challenge the two Yamaha riders was Northen Irishman, Irwin, trying to score as many points as he can to secure a showdown place.
Brookes bolted off the line alongside Irwin both scrapping for first place throughout the first lap. However, despite Irwin’s challenges the Australian would remain untouched during the rest of the race out front.
Rookie, Mackenzie, also looked strong by continuing his competitive form from this weekend and settling in third not far in front of BMW’s Christian Iddon and hot title contenders Dixon and Haslam. Constant swapping and changes between Iddon and Mackenzie saw both riders encounter problems that would prevent them from a podium place in race one. With Iddon dropping back through the pack and Mackenzie dropping his R1 through the gravel on the penultimate lap, this left Haslam to salvage third place and extend his championship lead.
Knockhill winner, Jake Dixon, was close enough to take advantage of Iddon’s decrease in pace and snatch fourth place to not let Haslam gain too much of a lead.