Posted: 30 Aug 2011
RACE 1 – LAVERTY SEALS SHOOTOUT SPOT
Ulsterman Michael Laverty sealed his place in the 2011 British Superbike Championship title shootout by taking his second win of the season at Cadwell Park. The Lincolnshire circuit played host to a massive crowd for this holiday event and the racing proved to be outstanding.
On form Tommy Hill set pole position in qualifying and looked favourite for first blood of the weekend. Unfortunately, there was a fly in the ointment in the shape of his Swan Yamaha team-mate Michael Laverty.
It was Laverty who snatched the lead from the off and stayed there despite serious attack from Hill. The pair went on to record a lonely one-two race. Just as it looked like Hill was ready to challenge for the lead, down came the rain and the race was red flagged while the drizzle eventually stopped.
The race was declared complete giving Laverty the win. Josh Brookes was placed third but cruelly had the result taken away and was disqualified by officials after he was judged to have been at fault during a collision with Ducati rider Michael Rutter.
The crash hampered the preceding pack but allowed Shane Byrne to take fourth position. But with Brookes disqualified he was bumped up to third position ahead of Kirkham and Kiyonari.
RACE 2 – SWAN YAMAHA DELIVERS ANOTHER 1-2 FINISH
Race 2 looked to be a repeat performance of Race 1 when Laverty took the early lead but hill fought back on lap two to take the lead and never got the fight back he expected.
Instead, Honda HM Plant man Byrne looked to have the better of Laverty and Hill when he passed Laverty then harried Hill. The Yamaha pairing eventually pulled clear to leave Byrne third, Josh Brookes fourth and Hickman fifth.
So with Hill, Byrne, Laverty and Brookes assured of Showdown placement, the last race of the day could decide who follows them…
RACE THREE – HIL TAKES WIN AND THREE OUT OF THREE FOR SWAN
Tommy Hill and his Yamaha R1 sealed Swan Yamaha’s total domination of the extended weekend with another win. Laverty looked to be on course to set up another 1-2 finish but was knocked back by Josh Brookes in the closing minutes.
The upshot of this race not only saw Hill take three wins from four races, and the fastest lap of the race, but Kiyonari booking his place in the Showdown even though he came away from the last race with a dismal seventh place