BSB: Leon Haslam takes Championship WIN.


Leon Haslam has celebrated his first Bennetts British Superbike Championship title victory, crossing the line at Brands Hatch in sixth place. Glenn Irwin won the race, while Jake Dixon and Tarran Mackenzie completed the podium.

At the start of the race Glenn Irwin launched off the line to lead the pack into Paddock Hill Bend from Dixon and Mackenzie with Peter Hickman and Andrew Irwin in close contention. Superbike rookie Mackenzie had a big moment on the McAMS Yamaha on the third lap and that dropped him down the order.

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On the fifth lap Richard Cooper and Tommy Bridewell crashed out unhurt at Druids, the pair had been running inside the top eight, with Jason O’Halloran crashing out a lap later at Graham Hill Bend. Meanwhile at the front Andrew Irwin moved into second place on the seventh lap to put both of the Be Wiser Ducatis ahead of the chasing pack. Dixon wasn’t giving up without a fight though an he stalked the younger Irwin brother before making a decisive move with four laps to go.

Mackenzie then had Andrew Irwin in his sights too and he went for a dive down the inside at Surtees with two laps remaining to fire the McAMS Yamaha back into podium contention. At the front though Glenn Irwin had the edge to hold off Dixon and Mackenzie to the chequered flag as Andrew Irwin equalled his best finish of the season.

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Peter Hickman held on to fifth place for Smiths Racing BMW ahead of Haslam who had done enough to become British champion with 2015 title-winner Josh Brookes and James Ellison with Danny Buchan edging out Michael Laverty to complete the top ten.

Bennetts British Superbike Championship, Brands Hatch, Race One result:

Glenn Irwin (Be Wiser Ducati)

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Jake Dixon (RAF Regular & Reserves Kawasaki)   +1.901s

Tarran Mackenzie (McAMS Yamaha) +2.462s

Andrew Irwin (Be Wiser Ducati) +3.597s

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Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW) +5.122s

Leon Haslam (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) +6.185s

Josh Brookes (McAMS Yamaha) +8.954s

James Ellison (Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha) +10.808s

Danny Buchan (FS-3 Racing Kawasaki) +15.198s

Michael Laverty (Tyco BMW) +20.702s

Bennetts British Superbike Championship standings after Brands Hatch, Race 1:

Leon Haslam (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) 664

Jake Dixon (RAF Regular & Reserves Kawasaki) 613

Glenn Irwin (Be Wiser Ducati) 579

Josh Brookes (McAMS Yamaha) 566

Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW) 560

Bradley Ray (Buildbase Suzuki) 538

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