Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 28 December 2014

Seeley steers his way to a double-winning weekend over rival

Alastair Seeley was in sensational form at Brands Hatch over the weekend winning two British Supersport races by the narrowest of margins after titanic battles with arch-rival and championship leader Ben Wilson.

In race one on Saturday afternoon the Carrickfergus Relentless Suzuki by TAS rider and Wilson slugged it out around the 2.3mile Grand Prix circuit over 10-laps swapping places throughout, well clear of the rest of the field.

In the end it came to a dash to the line from the final bend and Seeley hung on to win by a hundredth of a second.

Yesterday’s race was re-started three times after red flag incidents and again it was Seeley and Wilson right at the top of their game trading places elbow-to- elbow at one stage as they fought over every inch of tarmac.

On the final lap Seeley rode defensively to thwart all Wilson’s attempts to pass and took the chequered flag three one hundredths of a second ahead to reduce Wilson’s championship lead to forty-three points.

A delighted Seeley said: “It was awesome to get two wins this weekend.”

Antrim’s John Simpson was the first Cup rider home in both races and heads that particular series by over 70 points.

Saturday was a good day for Relentless Suzuki by TAS when Josh Brookes won his first British Superbike race of the season for the team.

But Michael Laverty suffered in Saturday’s race with his choice of Intermediate tyres and could only finish eighth. The Swan Yamaha rider rode a super race in the second outing to finish fourth.

In the final race Laverty started from the front row and was involved in a scrap with Shayne Byrne for the final rostrum position losing out by two tenths of a second.

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