Ellison breaks lap-record to take pole at Brands Hatch

James Ellison smashed the lap-record around the Brands Hatch Indy Circuit to take pole position for round two of the 2015 MCE British Superbike Championship.

Ellison’s lap-time of 45.310 was enough to beat Gregorio Lavilla’s old record of 45.460, which has stood since the 2007 season.

Ellison will be joined on the front row by Jakub Smrz, who impressed on his Lloyds British Moto Rapido Ducati machine, and Buildbase BMW’s Ryuichi Kiyonari.

Josh Brookes heads row two ahead of the PBM Kawasaki duo of Shane Byrne and Stuart Easton.

Jason O’Halloran stepped up to the challenge following Dan Linfoot’s wrist injury to put his Honda Fireblade seventh on grid. He will start alongside Christian Iddon and Milwaukee Yamaha’s Broc Parkes on row three.

Team WD40 Kawasaki rider, Jack Kennedy, put in one of the performances of the weekend to put himself 10th on the grid, despite having suffered from a huge hiside during free practice this morning.

It was Brookes who topped Q1 with a lap-time of 45.643 ahead of Kiyonari and Ellison.

The first session didn’t go to plan for Smiths Racing BMW rider, Billy McConnell, who had to stop out on track due to suspected gearbox problems. McConnell did return to the track with five minutes remaining but was unable to put in a competitive lap-time and ended up down in 30th position.

Q1 also brought an end to Michael Laverty’s (25th) and Peter Hickman’s (22nd) day, along with Taylor Mackenzie (23rd) on the Team WD40 Kawasaki machine.

Michael Rutter (24th) also went out in Q1 on his return to the series with the Gearlink Kawasaki team.

Q2 saw Ellison go quickest of the pack with a lap-time of 45.403, just 0.043s quicker than the impressive Iddon.

Tommy Bridewell’s (11th) session came to end after he encountered traffic on his final lap, with Danny Buchan (12th) joining him back in the pit-lane. The Be Wiser Kawasaki rider suffered a huge hiside during free practice this morning and will have been riding in some pain.

Into Q3 and it was the two Milwaukee Yamaha riders, Brookes and Parkes, who battled for the pole position, with both riders going quickest early on.

Srmz then went to the top of the timing sheets, before Ellison popped up to break the lap-record around the 1.2mile Indy circuit.

Nobody could get close to the JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider who has been looking strong and comfortable around the track all weekend so far.

Race one at Brands Hatch gets underway at 13:30 tomorrow, with race two then scheduled to begin at 16:30.

Brands Hatch Indy Qualifying Result

177James EllisonJG Speedfit Kawasaki45.310
296Jakub SrmzLloyds British Moto Rapido 45.567
323Ryuichi KiyonariBuildbase BMW45.587
425Josh BrookesMilwaukee Yamaha45.646
567Shane ByrnePBM Kawasaki45.676
65Stuart EastonPBM Kawasaki45.762
722Jason O'HalloranHonda Racing45.823
824Christian IddonBennetts Suzuki46.018
92Broc ParkesMilwaukee Yamaha46.330
1044Jack Kennedy Team WD40 Kawasaki46.366
1146Tommy BridewellTyco BMW45.960
1283Danny BuchanBe Wiser Kawasaki45.997
1343Howie MainwaringQuattro Plant Tec-Care Kawasaki46.024
1447Richard CooperAnvil Hire Tag Racing Kawasaki46.095
1527Robin HarmsMotodex Performance First Racing46.113
1621Josh WatersBennetts Suzuki46.166
179Chris WalkerBe Wiser Kawasaki46.171
186James WestmorelandJG Speedfit Kawasaki46.200
1940Martin JessoppRiders Motorcycles BMW46.333
2099Filip Backlund Anvil Hire Tag Racing Kawasaki46.478
2112Luke MosseyQuattro Plant Tec-Care Kawasaki46.347
2260Peter HickmanRAF Reserves BMW46.349
2311Taylor MackenzieTeam WD40 Kawasaki46.392
2419Michael RutterGearlink Kawasaki46.489
257Michael LavertyTyco BMW46.647
2686Daniel JohnsonMorello Racing Kawasaki46.660
2766Ian HutchinsonPBM Kawasaki46.661
2828Victor CoxMorello Racing Kawasaki46.685
298Shaun WinfieldAnvil Hire Tag Racing Kawasaki46.708
303Billy McConnellSmiths Racing BMW47.433