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Superbikes: Seeley and Donald just too hot for rivals

By Roy Harris

Alastair Seeley from Carrickfergus won the British Supersport race at Brands Hatch yesterday to open his 2011 account for the Relentless Suzuki by TAS team.

Cameron Donald was also in unbeatable form at Kirkistown, taking four wins from four starts to cap what was a sensational weekend for the Australian who remained unbeaten in the ten races he rode in at Bishopscourt and at Kirkistown.

Seeley, who had crashed spectacularly out of second position in the opening Supersport race at Brands Hatch on Saturday made amends yesterday taking his first win of the season on the all-new Relentless Suzuki by TAS 600cc machine. Seeley took the chequered flag five one hundredths of a second ahead of Jack Kennedy from Dublin and former North West 200 winner Steve Plater.

Seeley said: “I was a bit impatient on Saturday and ended up crashing out, but yesterday I was more than pleased to get that first win of the season under my belt in a real close race.”

Lee Johnston from Fermanagh was fourth and sixth in the two races while John Simpson from Antrim won the Cup class within the Supersport race yesterday after taking second on Saturday.

In the British Superbike Championship races Michael Laverty crashed out of race one whilst in the lead, bouncing back to finish fourth in race two of his debut for the Swan Yamaha team while brother John was also in the wars with a crash in race one.

Michael said: “I felt a bit sore after being able to walk away from what was a really big crash and luckily Tommy Hill and Shayne Byrne were able to avoid me.”

New Relentless Suzuki by TAS runner Australian Josh Brookes crashed heavily in race one at Paddock Hill Bend and suffered concussion forcing him out of race two.

In the 1000cc Superstock class Portadown rider Marshall Neill was ninth, while in Superstock 600 Glenn Irwin finished in sixth position.

At Kirkistown, Donald scored a double in both Supersport and Superbike classes on his Wilson Craig Honda’s, breaking the track lap record in his first Superbike race.

Donald said: “It has been an unbelievable weekend and I have to pay credit to Wilson, who has put together a strong package of machines for me this year.”

Kirk Jamison followed Donald home in both Superbike races while Matthew Percy and Michael Dunlop sharing third.

In the Supersport class Alistair Kirk crashed out of second position leaving Gary Jeffers to follow Donald home with William Dunlop third in race one, Kirk dusting himself down to take second to Donald in race two, Dunlop again third.

Korie McGreevey won both 125GP races from Paul Robinson, Marty Lennon won both Supertwin races and Stephen McAdoo won both Supersport 400cc events while Richard Glasgow and Mark Kelly were the winners of the 250GP races.

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