Round 6 - MCE British Superbike Championship - Brands Hatch GP - Race Day
Race day soon rolled around and MCE British Superbike fans were met by sunshine, following overnight downpours. Thankfully the weather remained clear and bright throughout the day and Club MCE members were able to capitalise on this and headed down to the Brands Hatch paddock for their priority pit walk on one of the busiest turnouts of 2015 so far.
MCE Policy holders also roared around the Brands Hatch circuit on their exclusive pillion, Safety car and sidecar laps - which never fail to delight!
Our very own Big Ed also took to the Monster Energy stand and revealed his hidden talent of guitar playing - the packed stand listened to a medley of rock classics as well as a rendition of 'God Save the Queen' which complimented the 'King of Brands' rumours around the circuit perfectly!
The excitement continued when race one arrived in what turned out to be an incident packed first race. PBM rider Stuart Easton crashed out in the early stages in what looked like an almighty crash leading to parts of his bike ending up in a tree. Thankfully the rider was soon sitting up and talking to medics. Things went from bad to worse for the PBM Kawasaki team as Shakey Byrne also crashed out in a high-speed incident. He walked away from the scene and was able to race in race two with only bumps and bruises.
It was Josh Brookes who was able to finish on the podium, able to separate himself from the pack of chasing duo Cooper and Ellison. This podium will be not only Brookes' first win of the season, but also Cooper's first podium in the MCE BSB series. Bridewell finished in fourth, followed by Laverty and Hopkins. Mossey, Linfoot, Westmoreland and McConnell made up the top 10.
Byrne, Brookes and Cooper secured the fastest time in race one and went on to be eligible to compete in the 'King of Brands' challenge, however after a slight tease from Brookes as he paused at the back of the grid, all of the riders continued to the front and decided to not take the risk. Shakey made a great start and seemed to be comfortable in first, however Brookes was able to overtake on the 8th lap and took the lead. An interesting battle developed following this between Byrne and Cooper as the young rider was never far away from the PBM riders back wheel and looked as if he was unwilling to settle for third.
Brookes finished with his second win of not only the day, but also the season so far. He went on to say that the bike was looking to be at a level when he can now consistently win races, which will prove interesting as we pass the halfway stage. Byrne and Cooper made up the podium, followed by Ellison, Laverty and McConnell.
It's been a truly great weekend of racing and here at MCE we can't wait to see what the next round can offer, no doubt even more thrills and spills and shedloads of Club MCE experiences! Next stop, Thruxton!
19.07.2015 - Big Ed