Brands Hatch GP - TRIPLE HEADER
FINAL POLE POSITION OF 2018 TO DIXON IN DRAMATIC DATATAG QUALIFYING
Jake Dixon claimed the final Bennetts British Superbike Championship pole position of the season at Brands Hatch this afternoon, bouncing back from a tip off in the second stage of Datatag Qualifying at Druids.
The opening session got underway with drama as Glenn Irwin topped the session for Be Wiser Ducati ahead of Dixon and Richard Cooper, but it was disaster for Christian Iddon, Mason Law and Jason O'Halloran all crashing out and ending their sessions prematurely.
As Q2 got underway crashes for Martin Jessopp, Dixon and Luke Mossey bought out the red flag as the Racesafe marshals cleared the track and all three were able to head back out to complete the session after their teams repaired the damage.
As the session resumed Leon Haslam went to the top of the times as he bids for his first British title this afternoon ahead of rival Dixon and the Irwin brothers led by Andrew.
The final places in Q3 were frantically fought for with James Ellison looking like he would make the cut and then Josh Brookes fired himself back into contention to push the Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha rider into the drop zone.
In Q3 though Dixon fired himself to the top despite the best efforts from both Glenn Irwin and Tarran Mackenzie who complete the front row ahead of Andrew Irwin and Tommy Bridewell with Peter Hickman completing row two.
Haslam will start eighth on the grid as he aims to seal the title in the opening race this afternoon.
Bennetts British Superbike Championship, Brands Hatch, Datatag Qualifying:
- Jake Dixon (RAF Regular & Reserves Kawasaki) 1m:24.699s
- Glenn Irwin (Be Wiser Ducati) +0.177s
- Tarran Mackenzie (McAMS Yamaha) +0.200s
- Andrew Irwin (Be Wiser Ducati) +0.637s
- Tommy Bridewell (Moto Rapido Ducati) +0.739s
- Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW) +0.745s
- Richard Cooper (Buildbase Suzuki) +0.759s
- Leon Haslam (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) +0.776s
- Josh Brookes (McAMS Yamaha) +0.862s