Sabre Sport’s Luke Mossey followed up his pole position with his third win of the season at Brands Hatch this weekend in the Metzeler National Superstock 600 Championship after a spectacular last lap which saw him paint to paint with returning rider Daniel Kneen of Marks Bloom Racing.
Mossey kept his lead into the first corner followed by Patrick McDougall of Beowulf Racing and Jess Trayler of MSS Colchester Kawasaki. It wasn’t long after that the safety car came out before the red flag due to an awful crash involving Michael booth of Team Rapid Solicitors and Robert Guinan of Bridgehouse/Options Racing.
Booth crashed mid pack on the start of Cooper’s straight and looked to escape without incident until one of the last riders Guinan, unfortunately hit Booth who was in the middle of the track causing him to crash as well. Guinan walked away, both him and Booth went to the medical centre, injuries unconfirmed.
The race restarted for 12 laps in original qualifying grid positions and it was gain Mossey who took the lead again followed by McDougall with Adam Lyon of MCT Suspension gaining from the restart putting him in third who slipped down the order to finish ninth overall.
McDougall hard work was all undone by him almost losing the rear forcing on the entry to Surtees which caused him to sit up and run straight to do some grass tracking. Even though he rejoined the grid last he worked his way up to 21st place picking up no points which will damage his championship title chase.
This moved Trayler up to third to immediately battle with Lyon for second place who fought as Mossey pulled away to have the best of a two second lead at one point in the race. Meanwhile returning from injury Kneen caused the biggest stir by joining the party and bringing Nikki Coates of MAP Raceways Yamaha Junior team who had one of his strongest weekend of the season so far.
Coates challenged Kneen in which they continued to swap places, but it was Kneen who successfully carried on to move ahead of the two riders in front putting himself in second place to hunt down the race leader Mossey. Coates continued to be strong throughout the race taking fifth place across the finish line.
The two green machines of Trayler and Jamie Hamilton of Gearlink Kawasaki were left to battle for third place as Kneen left them behind with Trayler taking third by 0.146s. This was still a successful result for the normally front runner Hamilton wo has struggled all weekend and qualified in ninth. Kneen hunted down Mossey diminishing his lead and to move ahead on lap nine. That is where the fight began.
After dicing with each other Mossey lead as they started the last lap, but Kneen determinedly took to the front, wondering if it was all over Mossey made a last dive into Clark Curve and with both riders not backing down they touched, leant on each other with which the machines became unsettled and were on the verge of crashing.
Mossey got ahead, Kneen had to back off slightly, looked over his shoulder but this meant he lost his drive out of the corner which Mossey had kept allowing him to take the win and put him second in the championship standings.
Luke Jones of MAP Raceways Yamaha Junior turned the weekend around to finish sixth after struggling this weekend and qualifying in 12th place. Mike McClean also of MAP Raceways Yamaha Junior team had his strongest weekend of the season scoring is first points in 12th place.
Nick Clark of Linxcel-Seton Tuning battled hard in the front group making the most of his sixth place qualifying, but it wasn’t to continue as he crashed at Sheene Curve after losing the front as he tried an outside manoeuvre. Other non finishers including Tom Young of CSS Motorsport, Jack Black of Blue 3 Racing/Buildbase and Daniel Frear of France and Li Asia Trading.