News 24 Aug 2015

Brookes masterful in Cadwell Park BSB sweep

McConnell breaks through for first podium in race one.

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Josh Brookes delivered an imperious performance at Cadwell Park with a double race win to maintain his winning momentum in the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship with just the triple-header at Oulton Park now remaining before the title-deciding Showdown.

The Milwaukee Yamaha rider had blitzed the lap record to secure his third pole start of the season and he carried his pace into the two races with two superb victories.

In the opening race the Australian had hit the front of the pack ahead of Luke Mossey on the Quattro Plant Kawasaki, but his charge was briefly halted when the Nissan GT-R Safety Car was deployed after Be Wiser Kawasaki’s Danny Buchan crashed at the Mountain.

Brookes re-established his advantage when the race resumed, setting the fastest lap of the race as he claimed the victory ahead of Peter Hickman who enjoyed his first podium finish of the season at his home circuit, aboard the RAF Reserves BMW.

Billy McConnell powered the Smiths BMW team and himself to their first ever podium in the top class as the reigning Motorpoint British Supersport champion finished third after an incredible last lap move on Tommy Bridewell at the bottom of the Mountain.

Bridewell was pushed all the way by his Tyco BMW team-mate Michael Laverty and Shane Byrne, whose woes continued for a second round as he struggled in sixth place on the PBM Kawasaki.

Brookes provided an action replay next time out, leading the pack while behind him Hickman returned to the podium in second place with a neat move at Mansfield on the final lap to ease Bridewell back into third ahead of Byrne, Mossey and McConnell.

Bennetts Suzuki’s Josh Waters rode to a pair of 17th places at Cadwell Park, while Jed Metcher was a non-scorer for PR Racing Kawasaki after exiting race one. Countryman Benjamin Currie was also a non-finisher in the Superstock 600s.

Brookes now leads Byrne by 39 points in the overall standings and just four in the all-important Podium Points score. The leading pair have both already qualified for the final three round Showdown, but the scrap for the final four places is set to intensify in the decisive triple-header next round at Oulton Park on 4-6 September.

2015 British Superbike Championship
Round eight – Cadwell Park

Superbike race one results:
1. Josh Brookes (AUS)
2. Peter Hickman
3. Billy McConnell (AUS)
4. Tommy Bridewell
5. Michael Laverty
6. Shane Byrne
7. Luke Mossey
8. Richard Cooper
9. Christian Iddon
10. Dan Linfoot
17. Josh Waters (AUS)

Superbike race two results:
1. Josh Brookes (AUS)
2. Peter Hickman
3. Tommy Bridewell
4. Shane Byrne
5. Luke Mossey
6. Billy McConnell (AUS)
7. Richard Cooper
8. Danny Buchan
9. James Westmoreland
10. Dan Linfoot
17. Josh Waters (AUS)

Superbike championship standings:
1. Josh Brookes (AUS) 316
2. Shane Byrne 277
3. James Ellison 147
4. Tommy Bridewell 141
5. Stuart Easton 139
6. Michael Laverty 126
7. Dan Linfoot 105
8. Jason O’Halloran (AUS) 103
9. Richard Cooper 93
10. Luke Mossey 90
11. Billy McConnell (AUS) 88
20. Broc Parkes (AUS) 38
23. Josh Waters (AUS) 21

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