Author: Bike Social Sports Reporter Posted: 19 Oct 2014
Shane Byrne celebrated winning the British Superbike title with his second victory of the day this afternoon ahead of a jubliant James Ellison and Milwaukee Yamaha's Tommy Bridewell, whose third position was enough to vault past team-mate Josh Brookes in the overall title standings.
Byrne took the holeshot in what was the only dry race of the weekend from the Milwaukee Yamahas of Brookes and Bridewell. Brookes snuck into lead into Stirlings on the third lap but Byrne fought back into Clearways pushing Brookes wide, the Aussie losing two positions and closing the pack up back to Stuart Easton in fifth.
Bridewell hit the rear end of Byrne into Druids promoting Ellison to second ahead of Brookes. A mistake for Byrne coming out of Surtees saw Ellison take the lead on the eighth lap. Byrne regrouped and shot back into the lead at Hawthorns on the following lap.
Tommy Bridewell slipped into second place into paddock hill at the start of the twelfth lap as a charging Howie Mainwaring crashed out.
A piece of advertising hoarding on the start finish straight brought the safety car out for two laps. Byrne bunched the pack up into clearways before shooting into paddock hill bend, with Josh Brookes losing out to Stuart Easton in the kerfuffle.
James Ellison retook second place from Tommy Bridewell on the sixteenth lap into Hawthorns with Byrne unable to get away at the front.
It was looking like it would be an intense final three laps but a crash for Aaron Zanotti and Christophe Ponsson brought out the red flag declaring Byrne the victor.
Ellison finished second ahead of Bridewell, who clinched third in the championship from his team mate. Stuart Easton’s fourth placed secured him the British Superbike Riders’ Cup. Josh Brookes and Dan Linfoot rounded out the top six.
Race 3 Result
Final Championship Standings