Josh Brookes stormed through from 13th on the grid to take his first victory of the season in damp conditions at Brands Hatch. Tyre choice was crucial and many of the championship contenders came unstuck after making the wrong decision, necessitating a pit stop.

Brookes took the lead early on from wildcard Joan Lascorz who was another man to hit trouble and enjoyed a relatively trouble free ride at the front. John Hopkins held second but fell back into the clutches of Michael Rutter and Gary Mason who knocked him off the podium late in the race.

Chris Walker claimed his best result in over a year with fifth while James Westmoreland finished a strong sixth. Graeme Gowland also impressed to take seventh, and with it, the victory in the mirror.co.uk EVO class.

Polesitter Tommy Hill and series leader Shane Byrne were among those to come unstuck, with both finishing outside the points, but a late change to slicks enabled them to post lap times quick enough to secure a place on the front row of the grid for race two.

With Brookes unable to do so as he battled for victory, the Australian will start Sunday's opening race from the same place he started on Saturday, putting a slight dampener on his first win for Relentless Suzuki.

“The bike was perfect for the conditions and despite many other riders also on intermediate tyres; I didn’t have any problems at all; even on the first four or five laps when water was still visible. I was confident to push and I had to because I was starting from row four. It proves how good a team we have to work through these conditions, but I’m disappointed at having to start from the fourth row again tomorrow.”

The second of this weekend's three races will get underway at 13:15 on Sunday afternoon with Hill on pole from Lascorz, Byrne and Ryuichi Kiyonari, who also failed to score in race one.

 

Race One Result (15 Laps):

Pos Rider Nat Bike Team Time/Gap
1 Josh Brookes AUS Suzuki Relentless Suzuki by TAS 22:53.718
2 Michael Rutter GBR Ducati Rapid Solicitors-Bathams Ducati +2.072
3 Gary Mason GBR Kawasaki MSS Colchester Kawasaki +2.322
4 John Hopkins USA Suzuki Samsung Crescent Racing +6.022
5 Chris Walker GBR Kawasaki Pr1mo Racing +8.111
6 James Westmoreland GBR Yamaha Motorpoint Yamaha +10.783
7 Graeme Gowland (E) GBR Honda Team WFR +11.626
8 Michael Laverty GBR Yamaha Swan Yamaha +18.849
9 Jon Kirkham GBR Suzuki Samsung Crescent Racing +22.729
10 Glen Richards (E) AUS Honda Team WFR +50.648
11 Ian Lowry GBR BMW Buildbase BMW Motorrad +50.872
12 Patric Muff (E) SWI Honda Tyco Honda +51.114
13 Dan Kneen (E) GBR Kawasaki Marks Bloom Racing +53.014
14 Jake Zemke (E) USA Honda Team WFR +58.176
15 Barry Burrell (E) GBR BMW Buildbase BMW Motorrad +1 Lap
16 Shane Byrne GBR Honda HM Plant Honda +1 Lap
17 Ryuichi Kiyonari JAP Honda HM Plant Honda +1 Lap
18 Broc Parkes (WC) AUS Kawasaki Kawasaki World Superbike Team +1 Lap
19 Tommy Hill GBR Yamaha Swan Yamaha +1 Lap
20 Aaron Zanotti (E) GBR BMW Quattro Plant Spike Racing +1 Lap
21 Alex Lowes GBR Kawasaki MSS Colchester Kawasaki +2 Laps
22 Glenn Allerton (E) AUS BMW Doodson Motorsport +2 Laps
23 Martin Jessopp GBR Ducati Rapid Solicitors-Bathams Ducati +2 Laps
24 James Ellison GBR Honda Team Sorrymate.com +2 Laps
25 Peter Hickman GBR Honda Tyco Honda +2 Laps
26 Scott Smart (E) GBR Ducati Moto Rapido Ducati +2 Laps
Not Classified
Joan Lascorz (WC) SPA Kawasaki Kawasaki World Superbike Team +3 Laps
Hudson Kennaugh (E) RSA Aprilia Splitlath Motorsport +9 Laps
Karl Harris GBR Aprilia Splitlath Motorsport +13 Laps
Matteo Mossa (E) ITA Suzuki 777RR Motorsport +13 Laps