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BSB Brands Hatch GP Qualifying | Tommy Bridewell takes pole at Brands Hatch

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Tommy Bridewell, BeerMonster Ducati, Ducati Panigale V4 R, 2023 BSB, Brands Hatch, action [credit - Tim Keeton/Impact Images]

Tommy Bridewell claimed his second pole position of the British Superbike Championship season at Brands Hatch on Saturday afternoon with the BeerMonster Ducati rider coming out on top in qualifying ahead of Ryan Vickers (LAMI OMG Racing Yamaha) and Josh Brookes (FHO Racing BMW).

Due to the high risk of rain, the planned Superpole qualifying was shelved and instead, it was the traditional Superpole wet procedure with a 12-minute session for the 15 riders, Charlie Nesbitt, Max Cook and Jack Kennedy the three riders to progress from Q1.

With steady rain falling, Leon Haslam (ROKiT BMW Motorrad) was the first out of the pits, but he aborted his first, flying lap to return to the pits and so it was Christian Iddon (Oxford Products Ducati) who was first to top the leaderboard with a 1’44.926 but he was soon shuffled back to fourth by Vickers, Charlie Nesbitt (MasterMac Honda by Hawk Racing) and Kyle Ryde on the second OMG machine.


Bridewell was next to go quickest in the tricky conditions, despite a big slide coming onto the start and finish straight, with an advantage of 1.6s over Vickers although that was halved by Iddon next time around.

Vickers then went quickest with a lap of 1’40.493s only for Bridewell to reassert his authority on his next lap, a time of 1’39.953s giving him a half second advantage and with four minutes to go the order was Bridewell, Vickers, Ryde, Iddon, Peter Hickman and FHO Racing team-mate Brookes.

The top spot continued to change hands, Vickers back in front with three minutes remaining and Danny Kent (Lovell Kent Racing Honda) was another rider on the move, jumping up to third with two minutes to go. Haslam was back out on track though and his first lap saw him relegate Kent to fourth. That soon became fifth with Kennedy also gaining places on the Mar-Train Racing Yamaha.

Bridewell was the man continuing to gain time though and his penultimate lap of 1’37.751s sent him 1.3s clear of Vickers and although the Yamaha man brought the gap down to under half a second, Bridewell’s final lap of 1’37.523s meant he ended qualifying 0.643s quicker than his nearest rival.

Brookes took third with Kennedy’s late charge rewarded with a strong fourth place ahead of Haslam and Kent. Glenn Irwin (BeerMonster Ducati), Ryde, Jason O’Halloran (McAMS Yamaha) and Hickman completed the top ten.

2023 British Superbike Championship [BSB] | Brands Hatch | Race 1 Results | Round 6 / 11
1Ryan VickersGBRLAMI OMG RacingYamaha R17 Laps
2Danny KentGBRLovell Kent RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R+0.152
3Christian IddonGBROxford RacingDucati Panigale V4+2.173
4Jack KennedyIRLMar-Train RacingYamaha R1+3.431
5Jason O'HalloranAUSMcAMSYamaha R1+4.566
6Leon HaslamGBRROKiT BMW MotorradBMW M 1000 RR+4.941
7Tommy BridewellGBRBeerMonster PBMDucati Panigale V4+5.817
8Storm StaceyGBRStarline RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR+17.412
9Peter HickmanGBRFHO RacingBMW M 1000 RR+17.814
10Glenn IrwinGBRBeerMonster PBMDucati Panigale V4+18.018
11Max CookGBRCheshire Mouldings FS-3Kawasaki ZX-10RR+18.040
12Charlie NesbittGBRMasterMac by HawkHonda CBR1000RR-R+18.121
13Josh BrookesAUSFHO RacingBMW M 1000 RR+19.270
14Lee JacksonGBRCheshire Mouldings FS-3Kawasaki ZX-10RR+22.735
15Kyle RydeGBRLAMI OMG RacingYamaha R1+24.663
16Josh OwensGBRCrendon by HawkHonda CBR1000RR-R+26.240
17Dean HarrisonGBRDAO RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR+1 Lap
18Jack ScottGBRRapid CDH RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR+1 Lap
19Luke MosseyGBRTactix L1 RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR+1 Lap
20Bradley PerieGBRVisionTrack RacngKawasaki ZX-10RR+1 Lap
21Franco BourneGBRHonda RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R+1 Lap
22Tito RabatESPMcAMSYamaha R1+1 Lap
23Liam DelvesGBRTAG RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R+1 Lap
24Tom NeaveGBRHonda RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R+1 Lap
DNSDanny BuchanGBRSYNETIQ BMW MotorradBMW M 1000 RR

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