Blistering Byrne bags Donington double
An outstanding 10th round of the MCE British Superbike Championship at Donington Park saw defending champion Shane 'Shakey' Byrne rattle off a tremendous double success, take a new lap record and a healthy lead in the BSB standings after the first weekend of the Title Showdown.
"I've been in this position before, 27 points in the championship lead and had to fight all the way to the final race," Byrne said.
"Yes it was a good day for us where tyre choice was critical.
"I got to the front and set a steady pace conserving my tyres to the final third of the race.
"It worked well and was a great start to the showdown for the PBM Be Wiser Ducati team."
In race one Tyco BMW pair Christian Iddon and Michael Laverty finished eighth and tenth respectively with Glenn Irwin 13th.
Race two saw James Ellison, Haslam and Byrne battle for the lead and almost colliding on lap eight before Haslam hit the front only to slide off on lap 13 having just lost the lead to Byrne.
Dan Linfoot finished in second with Iddon racing through to a fine third position at the chequered flag.
Irwin finished in tenth position, while Laverty could only manage 13th.
In a restarted Superstock 1000cc race the anticipated needle match race between Taylor Mackenzie and Ian Hutchinson never got going, the Tyco BMW rider went close to high siding on the opening lap allowing the rival Buildbase BMW of the young Scot to race to victory and the championship.
Brad Ray was another double winner in the Supersport races, with 20-year old Tarren Mackenzie second in both to take an eight-point lead into the next round of the championship at Assen.
David Allingham from Eglinton continues to ride superbly, finishing fifth and fourth with four races remaining, while Andrew Irwin - sixth in race one - had to start from the pit lane in race two finishing in twelfth position.
In Motostar, Co Donegal rider Richard Kerr finished third in race one, but crashed out uninjured in race two with Eugene McManus ninth.
KTM Junior Cup champion Aaron Wright finished first, second and third in the three races at the weekend with teenager Scott Swann took fourth, fifth and sixth to finish third overall in the championship.