Round 12 - MCE British Superbike Championship - Brands Hatch GP - Race One
Peter Hickman has won his second race of the 2016 MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship in an incident filled first race which saw Leon Haslam crash out and Byrne move 27 points clear with two races remaining.
It was Iddon who made the best start before a string of events that will ensure this goes down as as one of the longest MCE BSB races in history.
Broc Parkes highsided in the early stages and James Rispoli ran wide to avoid him still lying in the track and crashed out in the process - both riders were uninjured. Soon after Filip Backlund and Howie Mainwaring-Smart also crashed out, Backlund was able to walk to the medical centre however Howie suffered a broken wrist in the incident and has gone to the medical centre for a full check up.
When the race restarted following the red flag O'Halloran took the lead and Haslam had a fantastic start, his Championship rival had a comparatively poor one and dropped down the order. Haslam's work was undone however as the race was oncemore red flagged due to patches of rain falling on the circuit and it being declared a wet race.
When the race restarted for the final time Haslam pushed too hard and crashed out at Druids on the very first lap, jeopardising his Championship chances with Byrne finishing the race in sixth and in the process moving 27 points clear.
Iddon led the race, however Hickman and Ellison pushed him back, Ellison then took the lead but then crashed out a few laps later. The safety car was sent out for the incident and the pack bunched together, however Hickman flew when the action resumed and took the win.
Iddon finished second with Irwin celebrating his second podium finish of the year. Linfoot finished fourth followed by Bridewell and Byrne. Hopkins, Jackson, Seeley and Smrz made up the top ten.
15.10.2016 - Big Ed