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Tommy Hill and Shakey Byrne take races 2 and 3 at Brands Hatch

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Swan Yamaha's Tommy Hill celebrated victory at his home circuit as he took the third and final race victory of the weekend at Brands Hatch after edging ahead of Samsung Crescent Racing Suzuki's John Hopkins as the pressure now mounts ahead of the Cadwell Park round Showdown decider on August Bank Holiday.

Earlier in the day HM Plant Honda's Shane 'Shakey' Byrne secured his first race win since Thruxton at Brands Hatch as he fended off Hill in race two of the three race weekend. Australian Josh Brook was the winner of the opening race the day before.

"That was probably the best ride of my season," Hill said of the fianl race win. "I knew I needed to get off the line and Hopper and Shakey kept the pressure on me; I just had to bite the screen and keep pushing to try and get a bit of an advantage. The three of us keep raising the bar and we just need to keep doing that at every round. We are in the top six now and we can concentrate on the podium credits at Cadwell Park and then fighting for the wins over the final three rounds. I need to thank the Swan Yamaha team, it was a shame about yesterday but now we are looking forward to Cadwell Park and the Showdown."

Hill again took the hole shot into Paddock Hill Bend from Hopkins and Byrne on the opening lap with the trio closely followed by Michael Laverty. Hill was desperate to maintain his position at the front of the field after missing out in the earlier race and was pushing hard ahead of Hopkins as Laverty and Byrne were embroiled in a battle for third place and the final podium position.

Race one winner Josh Brookes had his final race of the weekend ended prematurely when the Relentless Suzuki by TAS was shown the black/orange flag for smoke and he was forced to retire on the fifth lap.

Hill and Hopkins meanwhile were in close contention at the front of the field, but Byrne and Laverty were scrapping for third place, with the Swan Yamaha rider trying to pass at Druids on the twelfth lap, but Byrne held a tight line and Laverty was forced to settle back in to fourth. Laverty was shadowing his HM Plant Honda rival and made several attempts to pass but Byrne was defending hard.

The second HM Plant Honda of Ryuichi Kiyonari was trying to make amends from his fourth row start and despite being outside the top ten at the end of the opening lap he had a resurgent race to work up the order to sixth as the Japanese ace then attacked Michael Rutter hard on the final lap but the Rapid Solicitors-Bathams Ducati rider held on to the position.

Gary Mason took seventh place ahead of Joan Lascorz in eighth with Peter Hickman and Jon Kirkham rounding out the top ten. Graeme Gowland scored a hat trick of Mirror.co.uk BSB Evo race wins holding off team-mates Glen Richards and Jake Zemke.
Shane Byrne walked away with a win after his race two victory
After a day of drama Shane 'Shakey' Byrne was happy to greet the chequred flag first in race two.

"If anyone had an idea on how tough it had been so far this weekend then they would know how much this win means for myself and the HM Plant Honda team," Byrne said.

"Yesterday we had drama after drama and it was just one of those days but we were on the front row for the race which was the main thing. Tommy and I had a great battle and it was very similar to the first round we had here. We both stayed up which was the main thing as we were a bit on the edge at times. I am sure all three of us will be fighting it out in race three."

On the opening lap Hill got off to a flying start from the pole position to lead into Paddock Hill Bend from Joan Lascorz, Michael Rutter and Byrne. The Rapid Solicitors-Bathams Ducati rider stole second place into Paddock Hill Bend and the move saw Lascorz run wide giving Byrne the chance to move through to third on the run to Druids on the second lap.

Hill was still leading the chasing pack but on the third lap John Hopkins began to move up the field, passing Lascorz at Hawthorn Bend to move fourth and tuck in behind title rivals Hill, Rutter and Byrne. The HM Plant Honda standings leader made a move on Rutter a lap later at Druids to elevate himself up to second and he began piling the pressure on Hill.

Byrne made several attempts to take the lead, but it wasn't until lap six that he was able to put a move on his Swan Yamaha rival, with a determined pass up the inside at Surtees to take the lead from Hill, Rutter and Hopkins.

Hill was then looking to make a return attack and it looked like he would make it stick on the tenth lap on the run into Hawthorn Bend, but Byrne held the position. A few laps later and Hill dived down the inside at Paddock Hill Bend on the brakes, but ran wide alongside Byrne and the pair cut it back on the run up to Druids with Byrne able to retake the lead. The HM Plant Honda rider withstood the pressure to take the win and move back ahead in terms of the all important Podium Credits with Hill claiming second and Hopkins third.

Michael Laverty charged through from his fifth row start to claim fourth for the Swan Yamaha team after passing Rutter with four laps remaining as the Rapid Solicitors-Bathams Ducati rider dropped to fifth in the closing laps.

Yesterday's race winner Josh Brookes finished sixth on the Relentless Suzuki by TAS after clawing his way up through the field. The Australian was running 13th by the end of the second lap but a determined race saw him lead an epic battle for sixth which ended with Lascorz in seventh and Martin Jessopp in eighth after he made a last lap move on Kirkham. Peter Hickman was also in the dice and he ended tenth for Tyco Honda. The Mirrror.co.uk BSB Evo race was won again by Graeme Gowland on the WFR Honda who had another impressive race ahead of Glen Richards and Barry Burrell.

Main Photo: Tommy Hill leads the field away
Credit: www.britishsuperbike.com/


MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship, Brands Hatch GP, race three result:
1 Tommy Hill (Swan Yamaha)
2 John Hopkins (Samsung Crescent Racing Suzuki) +4.113s
3 Shane Byrne (HM Plant Honda) +5.236s
4 Michael Laverty (Swan Yamaha) +5.409s
5 Michael Rutter (Rapid Solicitors-Bathams Ducati) +10.705s
6 Ryuichi Kiyonari (HM Plant Honda) +11.049s
7 Gary Mason (MSS Colchester Kawasaki) +13.689s
8 Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki WSB) +13.950s
9 Peter Hickman (WFR Honda) +19.382s
10 Jon Kirkham (Samsung Crescent Racing Suzuki) +19.770s

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship, Brands Hatch GP, race two result:
1 Shane Byrne (HM Plant Honda)
2 Tommy Hill (Swan Yamaha) +0.580s
3 John Hopkins (Samsung Crescent Racing Suzuki) +1.853s
4 Michael Laverty (Swan Yamaha) +4.016s
5 Michael Rutter (Rapid Solicitors-Bathams Ducati) +6.891s
6 Josh Brookes (Relentless Suzuki by TAS) +14.036s
7 Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki World Superbike) +17.006s
8 Martin Jessopp (Rapid Solicitors-Bathams Ducati) +17.175s
9 Jon Kirkham (Samsung Crescent Racing Suzuki) +17.180s
10 Peter Hickman (Tyco Honda) +17.375s

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship, Brands Hatch Grand Prix, race one result:
1 Josh Brookes (Relentless Suzuki by TAS)
2 Michael Rutter (Rapid Solicitors-Bathams Ducati) +2.072s
3 Gary Mason (MSS Colchester Kawasaki) +2.322s
4 John Hopkins (Samsung Crescent Racing Suzuki) +6.022s
5 Chris Walker (Pr1mo Racing Kawasaki) +8.111s
6 James Westmoreland (Motorpoint Yamaha) +10.783s
7 Graeme Gowland (WFR Honda) +11.626s
8 Michael Laverty (Swan Yamaha) +18.849s
9 Jon Kirkham (Samsung Crescent Racing Suzuki) +22.729s
10 Glen Richards (WFR Honda) +26.227s

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship standings after Brands Hatch:
1 Shane Byrne (HM Plant Honda) 255
2 John Hopkins (Samsung Crescent Racing Suzuki) 231
3 Tommy Hill (Swan Yamaha) 210
4 Michael Laverty (Swan Yamaha) 163
5 Josh Brookes (Relentless Suzuki by TAS) 146
6 Ryuichi Kiyonari (HM Plant Honda) 135

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