The MCE British Superbike Championship didn’t disappoint over the Easter bank holiday weekend at Brands Hatch.
For local favourite Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne it was a weekend of very mixed fortunes. In race one he came through the field to finish just outside the podium places in fourth.
Bradley Ray came home in 12th place with Jake Dixon not finishing the race after issues early on.
Then in the second race, he was looking quick and once he despatched Peter Hickman, banged in the fastest lap of the race as he closed on Leon Haslam.
Then with six laps to go, he zipped past Haslam, only to lose the bike coming into Clearways, losing his teammate in the gravel, two laps after Glenn Irwin had slid off.
This did benefit another Kent resident in Bradley Ray though, he worked his way through to an impressive 8th place at his home circuit in his rookie season. With Dixon coming home to finish his home race in 13th.
The support races threw up their usual thrills and spills of entertainment, ensuring that the fans got value for their money.
In the Supersport races with Ross Tywman P8 and Tom Ward P12 with Ryan Dixon 18th in race one. Ryan Dixon scored points in race two finishing in 14th place, with Twyman once again inside the top ten in 7th spot, Ward however was a non-finisher after an incident on lap five.
The final race of the weekend saw Twyman finish with a weekend best in fifth place, with Tom Ward P14 and Ryan Dixon grabbing the last point in 15th.
The Superstock 1000, Alex Olsen was once again in the top ten, with a 10th place finish in race one, with Rob McNealy P21 and James Edwards a DNF. In race two Olsen was once again in the top ten, with another tenth place finish. Edwards finished in P19 with McNealy a DNF.
In the KTM finance cup produced some further good results for Kent riders with Jack Nixon the younger brother of Ryan in the Supersport class, a double podium finisher with a brace of second places.
The sidecars saw a dominated weekend for the Reeves’ as they took victory in the opening race of the weekend, and then followed it up with a second on Monday afternoon.
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