Belfast Telegraph

Laverty leads all the way to earn British title shot

By Roy Harris

Michael Laverty secured a place in the six-man shoot-out for the MCE British Superbike Championship yesterday at Cadwell Park when the Swan Yamaha rider won the first race of the Bank Holiday triple-header.

Laverty snatched the lead on the run to the first corner and as he and team-mate Tommy Hill pulled away from the pack the Toomebridge rider held the lead until the race was red flagged five laps from the end following a slight rain shower.

“I’m pretty happy with that win as it is good for my championship chances,” said Laverty.

“I got a good start, ran a good pace and although I knew Tommy was right behind me I had more to come. It was the right decision to stop the race.”

Current championship leader Shayne Byrne was elevated to third position following the disqualification of Relentless Suzuki by TAS rider Josh Brookes after the Australian was involved in a pass on Michael Rutter on lap six that saw the former North West 200 winner forced to take to the grass and crash out.

Alastair Seeley lost ground in the British Supersport championship by finishing second to championship leader Ben Wilson in yesterday’s 12-lap race.

In the opening race of the Manx Grand Prix on Saturday evening it was an Ulster one-two in the Newcomers A Race with 20-year old Annaghmore rider Wayne Hamilton leading the three-lap race from start to finish, 20 seconds ahead of Kilrea’s William Davison.

Meanwhile at Nutts Corner Richard Rea, brother of World superbike rider Jonathan, won the feature Towers Cleaning King of the Corner race organised by the Mid Antrim Club by one second from Christian Elkin with Jamie Patterson third.

However, the weekend was tinged with sadness after the death of Adrian McFarland following a practice crash at the Terlicko circuit in the Czech Republic.

The 41-year-old from Plumbridge was a respected competitor for 20 years on the Irish scene with 23 Irish road race wins.

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