Bradley Perie won the feature Quattro British Supersport Championship race at Brands Hatch on Sunday afternoon which also gave the Appleyard Macadam Yamaha team victory in their final outing.
Perie took his seventh win of the season ahead of Lee Johnston (Ashcourt Racing Yamaha) and Richard Cooper (BPE by Russell Racing Yamaha).
Perie led off the line and continued to edge away in the early laps, his lead over Cooper after three laps almost three quarters of a second. Johnston slotted into third ahead of Perie’s teammate Harry Truelove, Jamie van Sikkelerus (MPM by Routz Racing Yamaha) and Tom Booth-Amos (Gearlink Kawasaki).
Johnston moved ahead of Cooper for second on lap five and they were more than two seconds clear of the six-rider battle for fourth that now comprised Truelove, van Sikkelerus, National Junior Superstock champion Max Cook (Binch Racing Yamaha), Booth-Amos, Rhys Irwin (Astro-JJR Triumph) and Damon Rees on the second Ashcourt machine.
Meanwhile, back at the front, Perie – who’s advantage was up to 1.2s at one stage – saw his lead cut to 0.7s by a charging Johnston and as they started the eighth lap, it was down to just 0.237s. Cooper was also closing in and was only half a second further back.
Johnston took the lead for the first time going into Hawthorn half way round lap eight and it was now most definitely a three-way battle for the race win, Cooper having firmly latched onto Perie’s back wheel.
Further back van Sikkelerus was up into fourth ahead of the impressive Cook with Truelove dropping back to sixth ahead of Booth-Amos, Irwin, Luke Jones (Highsparks Motorsport Ducati), Rees and Luke Stapleford (Gearlink Kawasaki) as eight riders now disputed fourth. Scott Swann was out though having crashed the third Gearlink machine.
Perie went back into the lead on lap nine and upped the pace enough to see Cooper drop off the back of him and Johnston. Indeed, Perie had a second wind and was also edging away from Johnston once more with his lead almost a second with four laps to go.
He didn’t look back and pulled away continually over the final few laps and eventually came home 2.508s ahead of Johnston with Cooper joining them on the podium in third.
Truelove sealed fourth with a move on Booth-Amos on the final lap and they were followed over the line in quick succession by van Sikkelerus, Irwin, Rees, Cook and Stapleford. Mason Law was the first GP rider home in 11th overall.