Posted: 09 Apr 2012
RACE ONE: KIRKHAM VICTORIOUS
Jon Kirkham has clinched victory in the opening round of the 2012 British Superbike Championship season at the Brands Hatch Indy circuit today.
Although Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne took the holeshot and remained at the front of the pack, Samsung Honda’s Kirkham capitalised on his second place qualifying position to slot in behind the veteran rider. MSS Bathams Kawasaki's Michael Rutter also mixed with the frontrunners, maintaining his third place position until the end of the race.
An incident involving Dan Linfoot resulted in the Safety Car being deployed, and when racing resumed, Alastair Seeley took the opportunity to push ahead of Rutter at Paddock Hill Bend – a move that paid off as he slipped into second position behind Kirkham. He then took the lead at Druids on lap 23 and held his position until the closing stages.
However, desperate to secure the first 2012 BSB win, Kirkham overtook the Tyco Suzuki rider to clinch victory – the pair were separated by just 0.136 seconds.
RACE 2: BSB RACE 2 POSTPONED
The second British Superbike Championship race at the Brands Hatch Indy circuit has been postponed following track contamination at the circuit.
However, the race will now take place at Oulton Park on Sunday 6 May – making the Bank Holiday at the Cheshire circuit a triple header BSB races.
British Superbike Championship Series Director Stuart Higgs said: "It was hugely disappointing that we had to postpone the second Superbike race at Brands Hatch last weekend. We evaluated all possible rescheduling options and determined that it will take place at the next round of the championship at Oulton Park over the May Bank Holiday weekend."