Alistair Seeley is back on track after Josh Elliott duel
A scintillating battle between Tyco BMW's Alastair Seeley and fellow Ulster rider Josh Elliott during the 16-lap Pirelli Superstock 1000 race set Brands Hatch alight yesterday.
The pair dived past each other lap after lap, but at the final corner on the final lap, Elliott, in a last ditch passing manoeuvre on the inside of Seeley, was way too hot running into the gravel trap and crashed out uninjured, but hugely disappointed.
In winning the race, Carrick rider Seeley halved Elliott's championship lead to 22 points behind his Ballinamallard rival.
A delighted Seeley, scoring his first win since Oulton Park in May, said afterwards: "That was one hell of a race. In the first half of the season we had a few issues, but I hope now with this result we can push on and do this every meeting.
"I knew it was going down to the last lap and I know how to defend a lead here, but I had a moment at Dingle Dell when the back came round and I lost a bit of drive.
"Josh had a big lunge up the inside at the last bend and I saw him head for the kitty litter. It was a real hard race and we are now back in the championship hunt. I hope you all enjoyed watching that."
Meanwhile Tyco BMW team-mate Michael Laverty, back from his MotoGP outing in Germany last weekend, could not turn his front row start into podium results when he scored two fifth positions in the British Superbike races, both of which were won by Ulster-based Aussie Josh Brookes, giving the Milwaukee R1 Yamaha its first BSB victories of the season.
Laverty's Tyco BMW team mate Tommy Bridewell finished fourth in race one, but crashed out of race two.
It wasn't such a good weekend for Carrick's Glenn Irwin, having crashed out of Saturday's sprint race and then only managing to bring his Gearlink Kawasaki home in eighth position, losing valuable championship points to the weekend double winner Luke Stapleford yesterday.
Irwin's younger brother Andrew upheld family honour by finishing third in the Superstock 600cc race.
In sharp contrast it was a tremendous day for Newtownabbey rider Andy Reid who brought his Monster Energy Yamaha home in third position in both Supersport races after close battles with his American team-mate James Rispoli.
Reid commented after yesterday's podium: "The two leaders were away at the front and it was only when James came past that I really got going. These were two positive results considering I missed the last round at Knockhill recovering from a broken heel."
In the latest Adelaide Masters action at Mondello Park, Derek Sheils remains unbeaten this season with a treble victory in the Superbike class at the weekend while Robert English won the opening two Supersport races and Nikki Coates was victorious in race three.
Mar Train Yamaha rider Dean Harrison scored a double at Scarborough during the Cock 'o the North meeting by winning the Supersport and Superbike races - the meeting abandoned at half distance following a huge oil spill during the sidecar race.