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HM Plant Honda's Cal Crutchlow, who is on crutches in the paddock, has taken the win in today's second superbike race at Brands Hatch. After running behind the safety car for four laps when Malcolm Ashley crashed, Crutchlow pulled the pin on the re-start and got away.
However, the race was stopped when Tom Sykes' Rizla Suzuki let go on the run up to Hawthorne Bend on the same lap, he lobbed it and it was called a result. Shane Byrne was second with Leon Camier third and Michael Laverty fourth.
Crutchlow's team-mate Haslam, who led for the first half of the race, made a mistake at Surtees on lap nine, ran across the grass and re-joined in 11th place, just ahead of Scott Smart.
After the opening scraps, things began to setle and the leaders became a group of three, a lonely Michael Laverty ran in fourth followed by a triple Ducati battle of Michael Rutter, Leon Camier and Shane Bryne. 
Battling side-by-side at one point Rutter was sandwiched in between the two Airwaves Ducatis mid-corner at Surtees. On lap four Rutter lost out when Byrne moved ahead at Clearways and Camier followed shortly after.
The instant Shakey was ahead he was on the move towards the leaders, who were  three seconds ahead, dealing with Michael Laverty along the way. On lap seven, Haslam was still pulling away and it looked like Crutchlow was falling into the clutches of Tom Sykes, but consistently Shane Bryne kept setting the fastest lap time. 

The Ashley crash caused some confusion with Byrne undecided whether he was sitting in second or third place behid the safety car and for a while he ran in front of Sykes but due to team orders, he moved back down a position. 

As the safty car came, Race Director Stuat Higgs increased race distance by three laps. However, on lap 18 the engine of second place man Tom Sykes blew, dumping oil onto his back tyre and the track (and Leon Camier) which threw him off immediately. Uninjured, he frantically waved and warned the marshals, a la Kevin Schwantz at Doninton Park.


The race was red flagged and results declared with limping Cal Crutchlow, Shane Bryne and Leon Camier taking the top three places.  It wasn't a successful race for Rizla Suzuki as retirements also included Astushi Watanabe.

Chris Burns of the STP team couldn't make it a Cup double as he didn't finish the race and the win was finally taken by John Laverty after successfully beating Luke Quigley of PDM Racing and Martin Jessopp of Riders Racing.

Bennetts British Superbikes race two - conditions dry

1 Cal Crutchlow HM Plant Honda 30.31.299
2 Shane Byrne Airwaves Ducati 30.31.409
3 Leon Camier Airwaves Ducati 30.32.047
4 Michael Laverty Relentless Suzuki 30.33.620
5 Michael Rutter NW200 Ducati 30.34.205
6 Leon Haslam HM Plant Honda 30.34.396
7 Stuart Easton MSS Kawasaki 30.34.420
8 James Ellison Hydrex Honda 30.35.446
9 Billy McConnell MSS Kawasaki 29.05.045
10 Scott Smart Hawk Kawasaki 29.05.307
11 Tristan Palmer Tena Honda 29.05.706
12 Guy Martin Hydrex Honda 29.05.950
13 John Laverty NW200 Ducati 29.06.399
14 Aaron Zanotti Red Viper Honda 29.06.776
15 Luke Quigley PDM Suzuki 29.07.077

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