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BSB Brands Hatch GP Race 1 | Ryan Vickers storms to maiden BSB win in truncated race

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Ryan Vickers, Danny Kent, LAMI OMG Yamaha, Lovell Kent Honda, Yamaha R1, Honda CBR1000RR-R, 2023 BSB, Brands Hatch GP, action, wet [credit - Tim Keeton/Impact Images]

Ryan Vickers claimed his maiden British Superbike Championship victory at Brands Hatch on Saturday with the LAMI OMG Racing Yamaha rider winning a shortened Sprint race ahead of Danny Kent (Lovell Kent Racing Honda) and Christian Iddon (Oxford Products Ducati).

Pole man Tommy Bridewell (BeerMonster Ducati) took the holeshot and he led at the end of the first lap from Vickers, Kent, Leon Haslam (ROKiT BMW Motorrad), Jason O’Halloran (McAMS Yamaha) and Iddon with Glenn Irwin on the second BeerMonster Ducati running in eighth. Josh Brookes had had a disastrous opening lap though and dropped back to 11th on the FHO Racing BMW.

Vickers moved into the lead second time around at Stirling’s with Kent following him by Bridewell shortly afterwards and whilst Haslam still ran in fourth, Iddon and Jack Kennedy (Mar-Train Racing Yamaha) were fifth and sixth, the front pack bunching up.


A lap later though, the front two of Vickers and Kent had pulled away by a second although Vickers had a big moment coming out of Surtees. Iddon was now up to third having overtaken both Haslam and Bridewell. The latter was beginning to lose time on each lap and by lap five had dropped back to seventh.

Back at the front and Vickers still led Kent at half-race distance, the gap between the two still only 0.209s, whilst they were still more than a second clear of Iddon. Kennedy was now up to fourth with Haslam and O’Halloran close behind. Bridewell still ran in seventh, a further second back.

However, the red flag came out at the start of the eighth lap due to track contamination, Haslam’s BMW believed to be smoking with the black/orange flag being shown at the same time to the former champion.

With the rain continuing to fall, the decision was made not to re-start the race which meant Vickers was awarded the win from Kent and Iddon with Kennedy, like Vickers and Kent, taking his best BSB position in fourth.

O’Halloran took fifth ahead of Haslam, Bridewell, Storm Stacey (Starline Racing Kawasaki), Peter Hickman (FHO Racing BMW) and Irwin with Brookes back in 13th and Kyle Ryde 15th although with two-thirds race distance not having been completed only half points were awarded so they didn’t lose as much ground in the title race as they potentially could.

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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