News 19 Jul 2011

Brookes satisfied with second place in the rain at Oulton BSB round

Brookes grabbed second in an abbreviated day as Oulton.

Brookes grabbed second in an abbreviated day at Oulton.

Australia’s Josh Brookes continued his good run of form with a second successive British Superbike podium with second place at Oulton Park in race one before the meeting was abandoned due to standing water on the circuit.

The second race is now re-scheduled to run as part of an exciting triple-header at Cadwell Park on August 27- 29. The very same day, the Top-Six Shoot-Out will be decided for the final three rounds of the Championship.

The opening Superbike race was run in wet and tricky conditions and while others faltered, Brookes bravely forced his way through from the third row of the grid, setting numerous fastest laps in the process.

Unfortunately the safety car was deployed at half-race distance, unsettling his momentum when already up to fourth place – and possibly looking on course for his debut win for the team.

When the race got back underway on lap 10, Brookes immediately moved up to second place, but then felt it better to air on the side of caution, guaranteeing himself 20 valuable championship points and a couple of podium credits.

“It was not nice out there today, but we’re obviously happy with another strong podium,” said Brookes.

“From my grid position I had to take a few risks to get up to where I was when the safety car came out, but I wasn’t prepared to gamble again as I’d already had too many moments. I saw Shakey having problems and Hopper obviously went down so I just backed it off and brought the big GSX-R1000 home.”

Brookes is excited about the re-scheduling heading into Cadwell, a personal favourite track, but knows that it is racing and anything can happen.

“The second race being cancelled could play into our favour as I like Cadwell, but you can’t count your chickens,” Brookes added.

Before Cadwell Parks triple header, Brookes will prepare for round eight of the series in two weeks at Brands Hatch, hoping to continue his strong form of late.