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Alastair Seeley turns the corner to halt Stuart Easton's double bid

By Roy Harris

Two breathtaking British Supersport Races at a sun-soaked Brands Hatch yesterday saw Carrickfergus rider Alastair Seeley take a win and a second place to maintain his 40-point lead in the championship.

The opening 10 lap sprint race ended in a last lap spectacular with Seeley, Stuart Easton, Ben Wilson and Graeme Gowland locked together; at the final bend Seeley and Easton went in side by side but the Gearlink Kawasaki man went a bit wide allowing Easton through to win by a 10th of a second.

In the 16-lap feature race, Easton, Gowland and Seeley soon relegated first lap leader Ben Wilson back to fourth, as they went at it hammer and tongs.

On lap five, Seeley, going for the lead, ran wide onto the grass and dropped back to sixth.

Undeterred he took up the gauntlet and lapping half-a-second quicker than his rivals he fought back to hit the front on lap 11.

On the last lap, such was the fierceness of the battle he dropped back to third at one stage before nipping ahead at the penultimate corner to snatch victory over Mar-Train Yamaha rider Easton by four one thousandths of a second with Gowland third.

Seeley said after the sensational race: "I lost five points this morning, but gained five this afternoon. When I was on the grass I never thought I could get the two second gap back, but just kept chipping away and the leaders came back to me."

A disconsolate Easton said: "It is points that matter. I had one weak point at Stirlings Bend and that is where Alastair passed me in both races. I got him back in race one on the last bend, but I could not manage it in the last race."

In the Superbikes, Newtownards domiciled Tyco Suzuki rider Josh Brookes got his first victory of the season, as championship leader Shayne Byrne, on home turf, dramatically cart-wheeled out of contention attempting a pass on Brookes.

Brookes said: "I'm really proud. I have been trying as hard as the winners up to now and it was a surprise to win. We kept working as a team to bridge the gap and today we pushed 'Shakey' till he fell."

He wasn't wrong as Byrne picked himself up to lead race two from start to finish with Brookes fourth this time out

At Scarborough yesterday Ulster Grand Prix bound Dean Harrison rode to a brilliant treble including the feature Cock o'the North race while Ballyclare rider Jamie Hamilton followed Harrison home in each.

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