Marvelous Mossey grabs pole at Brands hatch


Luke Mossey grabbed pole position at Brands Hatch this afternoon after bouncing back from a technical problem in Q2 to beat Shane Byrne in the Superpole session.

Mossey put in a superb lap-time of 1:25.383 to beat Byrne by +0.111s. He and Byrne will be joined on the front row by Tommy Bridewell, with Broc Parkes, Glenn Irwin and Leon Haslam completing the second-row.

Lee Jackson, Richard Cooper and Jason O’Halloran round-out the front three rows. O’Halloran had been inside the top two all day but crashed out of Superpole.

Q1 ended with Byrne on top thanks to a lap-time of 1:25.097, which was +0.429s quicker than O’Halloran. There was one crash in the opening session, with James Rispoli going down at Westfield.

Michael Laverty left it very late in the session to get himself in the top 18 places, putting in his quickest lap of the session as the timer hit zero.

Notable eliminations from Q1 included Jack Kennedy (20th), Billy McConnell (22nd), Ryuichi Kiyonari (23rd) and Filip Backlund (26th).

There was drama at the beginning of Q2 as the red flag was brought out after a small engine blow-out for Jakub Srmz on the Smiths Racing BMW. Mossey also seemed to be suffering from some form of mechanical issue and cruised back to the pits.

Once the action got back underway it was Byrne who once again topped the timing sheets, this time with a lap-time of 1:25.052. O’Halloran finished the session as runner-up once again, with Irwin rounding out the top three.

Danny Buchan crashed out at Surtees as the session came to a close and failed to make it through to Superpole.

Q2 was also the end of the day for James Ellison (10th), Laverty (11th), Peter Hickman (12th) and John Hopkins, who finished in 15th place.

Superpole began with Bridewell on his Suzuki and the number 46 posted a target time of 1:25.707. Mossey, who survived his technical scare in Q2, was next up and he put in a hot lap to go top with a 1:25.383.

Jackson was unable to beat the two riders in front of him on his lap and he was beaten by Haslam, who slotted into third with a 1:25.893.

Buildbase BMW’s Cooper failed to beat any of the riders who went out before him and stayed fifth. Parkes was next up and the Australian managed to go third with a 1:25.785.

Irwin slotted into fourth before O’Halloran headed out onto the circuit. He had been on form all day but the Honda Racing man lost the front and crashed out of the session.

Qualifying favourite Byrne headed out onto the circuit knowing that his closest rival had crashed. The four-time champion was unable to do anything about Mossey’s time though and ended the session in second place.