Brookes secures front row start for opening Brands Hatch battle
Anvil Hire Yamaha’s Josh Brookes will start today’s first MCE British Superbike race from second on the grid, after a last lap dash in Q3 with his team mate Shaun Winfield improving in time, posting his fastest lap of the weekend to line up in 25th
Q1 saw Brookes fly out of the blocks, posting a strong enough time to send him safely into the second session in second place. Shaun consistently improved in time, posting a 1:28.7, his fastest lap of the weekend, seeing him line up in 25th for this afternoon’s first race.
The second session saw Josh once again lead the pack out of pit lane, posting an almost identical lap time sending him straight into the final session, the eight minute dash for pole.
After a mid session red flag following a crash for John Hopkins, Brookes headed out for the final six minutes of the session ready to achieve a solid grid slot. He crossed the line with seconds to spare, giving him a final shot at pole position.
The Bringelly man posted two great last sectors, which saw him cross the line and post a 1:27.707, his fastest lap of the weekend to secure second on the grid for this afternoon’s first race.
After the session, a pleased Josh Brookes said: “All weekend we’ve had fairly strong pace, we’ve not led any sessions but we’ve still been there. The important thing for me is that our race pace is quite good, the temperature is up so I didn’t have any issues running the SC0, I’ve ran it all year.
“The bike is working well and it’s consistent in the lap times it can do. Unfortunately for me the way I like to ride is to get out first, get a clear lap and just ride my own piece of track and not be interfered by other riders, but that went against me in Q3, I was on my second flying lap when the red flag came out so the tyre had already done a lap and a half at what is considered to be a fast pace. Then I went back out again and it wasn’t until my last lap that I managed to put a lap together correctly that was my best time of the weekend.”
Shaun Winfield added: “We’ve made changes to the bike this weekend that has worked well, certainly for qualifying. I’ve posted my fastest lap time of the weekend but me and the team are still working hard to find the best possible setup for race one this afternoon.
“I’ve got to get my head down from the start, make some hard moves and get away with the group. My goal is still points, and I feel we’ll get there and I can’t wait for this afternoon.”