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Brands Hatch Jul 2018

23rd July 2018

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Well here I am again writing about this weekends action which came from Brands Hatch, it's the second visit there this season but this time on the longer GP circuit.

I sound like I'm repeating myself here but, it was wall to wall sunshine all weekend. Barring a couple of hours on Friday where we had those droplets fall from the sky, I think we call it rain. It's been that long since we had any.

Saturday was qualifying day for the Superbike bike riders. Luke and Gino were out to make a impression at the sharp end of the grid, but it was mixed results at the end of the day. Gino made it into Q2 and up until the last few minutes of the session he was well placed within the first 4 rows of the grid. But a flurry of quick times meant that he ended up down in 16th place and that's where he would start for race 1.

Luke made it into Q3 and he shot out of pole. He was producing fast laps himself but when the chequered flag came out he found himself in 6th place on the second row.

In the races on Sunday mixed results for the J&S riders. Gino  came home in 16th place in the first race and just missed out on scoring some more championship points. In the second race Gino was in a group of 5 riders and in the closing stages of the race all battling to score the final few points. At the end of the 20 laps he again was agonisingly close to scoring few more points but missed out again coming home in 17th place.

Luke is having a tough time at the moment and once again had a crash on lap 8 of the race which meant he was unable to rejoin and carry on. In the second race he was more comfortable and scored a few more points coming home in 13th place.

There was qualifying and races for the rest of the classes.  In the Supersport class we had Harry Truelove starting from 16th place for race one, he finished the 12 lap sprint race 15th overall but 13th in the Supersport class giving him a few more championship points on his new machine.

Jamie Perrin was back out on track after missing the 2 races at Knockhill. He started from 6th place for race 1, in a race long battle with Ross Twyman Jamie just missed out on a podium place to come home in 4th position.

Speaking of Ross lets move on to him. He produced a lap time of 1.28.093 which was 0.008 seconds slower than the pole time. That is ridiculously close, I don't even think I can describe how close that is. Ross came home in 3rd place and added another podium and more championship points to his name.

The last of the J&S riders in the Supersport class is David Allingham.  He started from 3rd on the grid for race one next to team mate Ross Twyman. David had a solid start to the race and was part of the break away group of 4 which included Ben Currie on the Kawasaki, Jamie Perrin and team mate Ross Twyman. Ben and David gapped the other 2 riders in the group and endured a race long battle together with the gap between them being no bigger than half a second. With one lap to go the race at the front hotted up. If it had not been for a red flag which halted the race one lap short of full distance, I'm sure that David would have tried to make a pass and gain his first win. But he was only 0.189 behind Ben as they crossed the line and finished in 2nd place to take his first podium of the year. In the process he set the fastest lap of the race which meant he would start the Sunday race from pole.

The races on Sunday were a little different for 2 of the J&S backed riders. With Jamie Perrin not being able to start the second race for a technical reason with his bike. Ross recorded a DNF for the first time this season.

Harry Truelove once again improved on his starting position and came home in 13th place overall but 11th in the Supersport class again scoring a few more points on his new bike.

David Allingham had a storming ride once again and was battling up the sharp end of the race. He was pushing and pushing at the front and came home a fantastic 3rd overall but more importantly was the first Supersport bike across the line the take his first Supersport win. It's a great achievement for the Yamaha rider. What makes it even more impressive that he has swapped back to the older 2015 Yamaha R6 machine, which he feels more comfortable on.

In the Superstock class we only had 2 riders in action. Andy Reid was not racing this weekend as his wrist has not fully healed yet after his crash at Knockhill last time out.

That left Billy McConnell and Joe Collier to fly the flag for their teams. Joe had a mixed qualifying session as he was lapping well and produced a time to put him 6th on the grid. If it had not been for a slower rider blocking him and forcing him off the track to crash with 10 minutes left of qualifying, this left the EHA team with a mammoth task to rebuild his bike in less than 3 hours before the first race!!!!

Billy on the other hand had a brilliant qualifying session and put his Buildbase Suzuki onto pole position.

The first Superstock race was split into 2 parts. Each part was 17 laps with a short break between the first and second part of the race.

Unfortunately Billy could not manage to replicate his result from qualifying. He crashed out on lap 3 of the first part of the race which meant his day was over and he could not take part in the second half of the race.

Joe on the other hand took advantage of the misfortune of Billy and some of the other riders to take the win in both half's of the first race. Which meant maximum points and closed the gap on the championship leaders.

The second race was a normal race which took place over 16 laps.

Joe was not able to recreate his race win from Saturday as he had a highside crash and brought down a few other riders in the process on lap 1. Which was a shame and bad way to end his weekend.

Billy on the other hand made up for his crash on Saturday and took the flag to claim another win this season. But it was only by a small margin of 0.075 of a second.

This weekends results have really tightened up the Superstock championship with Billy, Joe and Keith Farmer only split by 17 points.

In the Motostar championship Taylor Moreton was in action and started his first race from 18th on the grid. He had a fantastic race and moved through the field to come across the line in 13th overall but more importantly 4th in class.

The second race brought more points for Taylor as he finished the race 16th overall but 6th in his class. Once again gaining more experience and points for his championship.

Well that's it from me for this weekend, the next round comes from the super fast Thruxton circuit, which takes place over the weekend of 3rd-5th of August.

In the meantime why not checkout our new YouTube channel that we have, it has staff members pointing out their favourite bits of kit, even our very own staff members custom built bikes which have been built from the ground up as part of a restoration project!!!

More soon,

Dan