Posted: 15 Oct 2012
Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne has clinched the 2012 British Superbike Championship title at the Brands Hatch triple-header this weekend – his third Superbike title in his career to date.
The three-times British Superbike Champion, racing at his home circuit in Kent, took all three wins over the weekend to romp to the BSB crown.
In race one, Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki rider Byrnes took the lead on the opening lap from Alex Lowes and Michael Laverty. The three riders were all keen to taste the victory Champagne at the final round of the 2012 series, and put on a fantastic display of racing action for the thousands of spectators in attendance at the Kent circuit.
However, fellow title fighters Tommy Hill and Josh Brookes were also desperate to pick up those valuable championship points. When disaster struck for Lowes on lap 13 and the race was red-flagged, Hill and Brookes were clear to collect their places on the rostrum.
In race two, Byrne got another fantastic start from the line, again leading the field on the opening lap from Lowes, Laverty and Brookes. Despite the safety car being deployed on lap three when Tristan Palmer crashed out of contention at Paddock Hill Bend, Byrne maintained his advantage until the chequered flag.
Meanwhile Brookes capitalised on a mistake by Lowes at Graham Hill Bend, enabling him to move into third place. He then made another move on second placed Barry Burrell at Druids after the safety car was deployed for the second time when James Westmoreland crashed at Clearways. Laverty completed the third step of the podium for race two.
Ahead of the final race of the day, the championship was still undecided, but double victor Byrne had his sights set firmly on the prize. The Kawasaki rider may not have had the best start to the race, as Brookes took the holeshot, but his consistently quick laps ensured that he could make his move for the top spot on the penultimate lap. Brookes also clinched his third podium of the day in second, while Hill scooped third.
Race one result
Race two result
Race three result
2012 British Superbike Championship final standings