Author: Oli Rushby Pics: Impact Images Posted: 05 Sep 2015
Shane Byrne took his 67th British Superbike victory at Oulton Park this afternoon, leading the race from lights to flag while championship rival Josh Brookes fought through from the back of the grid.
Having blown an engine in qualifying, Brookes shot off the line to make up a dozen positions in the first five corners while at the front, Byrne got off to the ideal start, leading into Old Hall bend from Tyco BMW’s Tommy Bridewell with James Ellison third.
Having seen Byrne build a one second lead in the first three laps, Bridewell upped the pace but as he closed in on the reigning champion a technical problem forced him out of the race.
James Westmoreland and Howie Mainwaring were early fallers, aiding Josh Brookes’ charge through the pack. By the eighth lap, the Aussie was on the back of the battle for fourth scrapping with potential showdown contenders Dan Linfoot and Luke Mossey. Brookes moved through on lap nine and maintained position despite a massive moment coming out of the Shell Oils hairpin.
With clear track ahead, he tried to close on the leading trio but having set a lap fast enough to secure a spot on the front row of the grid for tomorrow’s race, he settled for a steady fourth place.
Riding with a broken wrist, James Ellison pulled in Byrne in the closing stages but the PBM Kawasaki man just had the edge, crossing the line less than second ahead of Ellison and Be Wiser Kawasaki’s Danny Buchan, who celebrated his first ever British Superbike podium finish.
Dan Linfoot took an important fifth place to increase his chance of a place in the showdown ahead of Quattro Plant Tec-Care Kawasaki’s Luke Mossey.
With Christian Iddon having crashed out in the closing stages, Richard Cooper beat team mate Lee Jackson to the line to take seventh, with the BMWs of Michael Laverty and Peter Hickman rounding out the top ten.