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  • Race
    Analysis

Snetterton 300

  1. Leon Haslam (JG Speedfit Kawasaki)
  2. Jake Dixon (Lee Hardy Racing)
  3. Josh Brookes (McAMS Yamaha)
  4. Danny Buchan (FS-3 Racing Kawasaki)
  5. Glenn Irwin (Be Wiser Ducati)
  • Pole Position - Bradley Ray (Buildbase Suzuki)
  • Fastest lap - Glenn Irwin (Be Wiser Ducati)

Snetterton 300

Race Analysis - Fuelled By Xpress Coffee

Sunday 17th June 2018 - Snetterton - British Superbikes Race 1

Grid: 1 Ray 2 Brookes 3 G Irwin 4 Dixon 5 Haslam 6 Linfoot 7 Mossey 8 Buchan 9 Laverty

After a six week break, the British Superbike Championship made a welcome return at the Snetterton 300 circuit in Norfolk and with reigning champion Shane Byrne sidelined following a huge testing crash it was Brad Ray who was the closest challenger to championship leader Leon Haslam.  Ray certainly began the weekend well taking pole position aboard his Buildbase Suzuki ahead of Josh Brookes’ McAMS Yamaha, Brookes looking rejuvenated following his fortnight at the Isle Of Man TT.  Glenn Irwin completed the front row on his BeWiser Ducati Panigale.

Of the front three it was Ray who made the best start with Glenn Irwin grabbing second from Brookes on the run towards Riches.  As the field approached Wilson’s hairpin for the first time Andrew Irwin, Glenn’s brother subbing for the injured Byrne, left his braking much too late and clattered into the luckless Honda Racing pair of Dan Linfoot and Jason O’Halloran, both returning from injuries themselves, as well as the Tyco BMW of Michael Laverty bringing the safety car out.

When the race resumed, Ray and Irwin pulled a gap at the front with Brookes, Jake Dixon and Leon Haslam battling over third place.  By lap 8, Haslam was beginning to show the form that had brought him three consecutive wins as he nipped underneath Dixon at Riches to take fourth and then passed Brookes for third under braking for Nelson’s a lap later.  Haslam’s teammate Luke Mossey was not faring so well, however, as a brake issue caused him to run straight on at the end of the back straight with rib injuries sustained in the subsequent fall causing him to miss race two.

The lead changed hands for the first time in the race on lap 10 as long time leader Ray lost the front and slid out of the race with Irwin inheriting first place and Haslam closing quickly.  Irwin held the lead for four laps before Haslam made his move, again at Nelson’s to take the lead.  Dixon was showing strong late race pace on his RAF Regular & Reserves Kawasaki having first caught Brookes, then made a mistake to lose a second and then re-caught the Yamaha within a lap to take third around the outside of Coram on the final lap.  Brookes cut back inside into the final corner but Dixon got the better run off the final corner to take the third step on the podium.

Haslam meanwhile took a notable victory, his first ever at Snetterton, to increase his championship lead on the JG Speedfit Kawasaki.  Irwin secured a strong second ahead of Dixon, Brookes and the FS-3 Racing Kawasaki of Danny Buchan, the Essex rider having another impressive weekend.  Tarran Mackenzie secured his best result of the season with sixth on the second McAMS Yamaha ahead of the newly crowned Senior TT champion Peter Hickman’s Smiths BMW with James Ellison, Christian Iddon and Richard Cooper completing the top ten.

Sunday 17th June 2018 - Snetterton - British Superbikes Race 2

Grid: 1 G Irwin 2 Ray 3 Haslam 4 Brookes 5 Dixon 6 Ellison 7 Tarran Mackenzie 8 Taylor Mackenzie 9 Buchan

Following his win in race one, Leon Haslam was unable to capitalise on his front row start in race two as he bogged down on the Kawasaki and dropped to sixth.  Brad Ray took the holeshot with Brookes in second but the Australian soon took the lead with a move inside Ray at Agostini’s.  Haslam began his fightback by sitting up Glenn Irwin at Wilson’s hairpin to follow Ellison through before a furious Ellison lost the front and crashed, putting paid to what had been an improved showing this weekend.

As the race progressed, a five rider lead group of Brookes, Ray, Haslam, Dixon and Irwin pulled a gap on the rest of the field with the first decisive moment coming on lap 10 as Irwin made a late move inside Ray at Wilson’s, Ray tried to fight back immediately at the following corner before losing the front under braking and taking both himself and Irwin out of the race.

This left Haslam, Brookes and Dixon fighting for the podium places with Hickman, Linfoot and Buchan fighting over fourth.  With three laps to go, Haslam moved inside Brookes at Riches to take the lead with Dixon again showing pace late in the race and closing right onto the back of Brookes.  Brookes was determined to take his first win of the season, at a track he always goes well at and he took the lead from Haslam at the last corner.  Haslam got the better run towards the line though with the two riders banging handlebars as Brookes fought desperately to keep Haslam from passing him.  The contact only succeeded in slowing Brookes however as Dixon grabbed second on the line behind race winner Haslam with the Australian taking third.  Dan Linfoot was an impressive fourth on his return from injury with Buchan, Hickman and Cooper completing the top seven.  The two Tyco BMW’s of Iddon and Laverty were next up with Andrew Irwin keeping his nose clean in the second race, taking a well earned tenth place.

Reporter @RobKelly18

 

Race Prize (1 place)

1st Place WIN Hospitality Experience, SPINE Sunglasses & Iron Maiden Beer

2 Hospitality Tickets + SPINE Sunglasses + Trooper Beer

Circuit & Suite Entry Tickets
Privileged Parking
Tea / Coffee on arrival & throughout the day
Danish on arrival
Two Course Buffet Lunch
Afternoon Tea (Yes more food & cakes!)
Soft Drinks & Complimentary Bar throughout, serving Bitter, Cider & Lager with White-Rose & Red Wine.
Race Day Schedules & Programmes
Complimentary Wi-Fi

A pair of SPINE Sunglasses

WiN a crate of Iron Maiden Beer (Trooper) 2 x Glaasses and Bottle Opener

Race Prize (2 place)

2nd Place WIN Mac Tools Ratching Bit Driver Set

Ratching Bit Driver Set

MAC Tools SBDR123SA - 123-PC Ratching Bit Driver Set

Mac-Grip™ handle magnetic ratcheting screwdrive
Bits made of S2 steel for long lasting durabilit
Packaged in blow-molded case for easy storage and organization

Innovation that makes Mac Tools Great To Work With

Race Prize (3 place)

3rd Wins Team 6t9 Bundle

Team 6t9 Prize Bundle

The prize bundle includes:
1 x  Aerosol Hi Speed Chain Lube (RED)
1 x  Aerosol Silicone Shine (CRYSTAL)
1 x  Aerosol Lubricating Oil (CLEAR)
1 x Aerosol Penetrating De Watering Spray (BROWN)
1 x Aerosol Foam Degreaser (ORANGE)
1 x 1L Bottle Motorbike Wash (NAVY)

 

Race Prize (4 place)

4th - 10th Wins Iron Maiden Beer or Team / Game Branded Merchandise

Iron Maiden Beer or Team / Game Branded Merchandise

Win a case of Fully Charged Iron Maiden - Trooper Beer 
A case includes:
6 x 500ml bottles
A Trooper bottler opener
2 x Trooper Glasses

Branded Game Wear / Branded Team Wear
inc: T-shirts
Hoodies
Backpack
+more

Leaderboard Snetterton 300

1 Simon Binns 21
2 Gavin Richardson 21
3 Ian Hince 21
4 Rob Kelly 21
5 dean Millard 19
6 Scott McKenzie 19
7 Kathryn Hillman 19
8 Sue Smith 17
9 Chris Swinton 17
10 Michelle Millard 17