BSB Brands Hatch Race Two: Byrne Holds Off Brookes


Shane Byrne will leave Brands Hatch with maximum points after completing a double victory on the Indy circuit in race two on Easter Monday. The Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki rider came under late pressure from Josh Brookes but proved better at negotiating traffic in the closing laps and that ultimately proved the difference.

Byrne made a cracking start from the middle of the front row and led a PBM 1-2 early on ahead of teammate Stuart Easton but a star-studded group was forming in the wake of the Scotsman’s Kawasaki. The GBmoto Kawasakis of James Ellison and Chris Walker were in the thick of things again but eventually it was Brookes that emerged to take the challenge to Byrne after passing Ellison for second four laps from home.

With the Australian catching at a vast rate of knots, traffic would prove to be the deciding factor in the fight for victory and when Byrne dived up the inside of Peter Baker at Paddock Hill bend, he suddenly had a rider between himself and the Yamaha behind. Brookes would find a way round the 55 year old on the run towards Druids but in a race of such fine margins, the damage had been done and Byrne would hold on for victory.

Ellison claimed third for his second podium finish of the day while Ryuichi Kiyonari made up for the disappointment of race one by finishing fourth in the second. Chris Walker got the better of Stuart Easton to take fifth with James Westmoreland won a fierce battle for seventh ahead of Dan Linfoot, Tommy Bridewell and Ben Wilson.