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
|1||77||James Ellison||JG Speedfit Kawasaki||45.310|
|2||96||Jakub Srmz||Lloyds British Moto Rapido||45.567|
|3||23||Ryuichi Kiyonari||Buildbase BMW||45.587|
|4||25||Josh Brookes||Milwaukee Yamaha||45.646|
|5||67||Shane Byrne||PBM Kawasaki||45.676|
|6||5||Stuart Easton||PBM Kawasaki||45.762|
|7||22||Jason O'Halloran||Honda Racing||45.823|
|8||24||Christian Iddon||Bennetts Suzuki||46.018|
|9||2||Broc Parkes||Milwaukee Yamaha||46.330|
|10||44||Jack Kennedy||Team WD40 Kawasaki||46.366|
|11||46||Tommy Bridewell||Tyco BMW||45.960|
|12||83||Danny Buchan||Be Wiser Kawasaki||45.997|
|13||43||Howie Mainwaring||Quattro Plant Tec-Care Kawasaki||46.024|
|14||47||Richard Cooper||Anvil Hire Tag Racing Kawasaki||46.095|
|15||27||Robin Harms||Motodex Performance First Racing||46.113|
|16||21||Josh Waters||Bennetts Suzuki||46.166|
|17||9||Chris Walker||Be Wiser Kawasaki||46.171|
|18||6||James Westmoreland||JG Speedfit Kawasaki||46.200|
|19||40||Martin Jessopp||Riders Motorcycles BMW||46.333|
|20||99||Filip Backlund||Anvil Hire Tag Racing Kawasaki||46.478|
|21||12||Luke Mossey||Quattro Plant Tec-Care Kawasaki||46.347|
|22||60||Peter Hickman||RAF Reserves BMW||46.349|
|23||11||Taylor Mackenzie||Team WD40 Kawasaki||46.392|
|24||19||Michael Rutter||Gearlink Kawasaki||46.489|
|25||7||Michael Laverty||Tyco BMW||46.647|
|26||86||Daniel Johnson||Morello Racing Kawasaki||46.660|
|27||66||Ian Hutchinson||PBM Kawasaki||46.661|
|28||28||Victor Cox||Morello Racing Kawasaki||46.685|
|29||8||Shaun Winfield||Anvil Hire Tag Racing Kawasaki||46.708|
|30||3||Billy McConnell||Smiths Racing BMW||47.433|