Billy McConnell took his second win of the season in the Pirelli National Superstock Championship on Saturday afternoon when the C&L Fairburn Properties/Jackson Racing Honda rider defeated Alastair Seeley (Synetiq BMW) by 5.5s at Brands Hatch.
But a final corner, final lap manoeuvre by Richard Kerr (AMD Motorsport Honda) on championship leader Dan Linfoot (Optimum Bikes Racing Honda) for sixth, means the title will go down to the final race of the season tomorrow.
Donington Park double winner Joe Talbot (JR Performance Racing Honda) led in the early stages of the wet race from Seeley, McConnell and Lewis Rollo (IN Competition Aprilia) as the front four pulled away from fifth-placed Linfoot but changes came on lap five of the 12-lap race when Seeley and McConnell pushed Talbot back to third.
A lap later Rollo crashed at Druids, without injury, and on lap seven, McConnell hit the front for the first time having slid up the inside of Seeley on the way into Paddock Hill Bend. He never looked back and an out a clear winner with Seeley and Talbot equally comfortable in second and third.
Further back, Ben Luxton (Luxton Racing Honda) and Scott Swann (Swann Racing Yamaha) came through for fourth and fifth respectively and although Linfoot kept Kerr at bay for much of the race, the Irishman dug deep to overtake Linfoot on the run to the line and keep his championship hopes alive, 31 points now between the duo with 35 available in the final race.
Ashley Beech (Jones Dorling Racing Honda), Matt Truelove (TAG Racing Honda) and Luke Hedger (MAD Racing Kawasaki) completed the top ten.
|2023 National Superstock Championship [SSTK] | Brands Hatch | Race 1 Results | Round 11 / 11|
|1||Billy McConnell||🇦🇺||C&L Fairburn Jackson Racing||Honda CBR1000RR-R||12 Laps|
|2||Alastair Seeley||🇬🇧||SYNETIQ BMW||BMW M 1000 RR||+5.500|
|3||Joe Talbot||🇬🇧||JR Performance Racing||Honda CBR1000RR-R||+8.527|
|4||Ben Luxton||🇬🇧||Ben Luxton Racing||Honda CBR1000RR-R||+11.899|
|5||Scott Swann||🇬🇧||Swann Racing||Yamaha R1||+11.985|
|6||Richard Kerr||🇮🇪||AMD Motorsport||Honda CBR1000RR-R||+21.318|
|7||Dan Linfoot||🇬🇧||Optimum Bikes Racing||Honda CBR1000RR-R||+21.393|
|8||Ash Beech||🇬🇧||Jones Dorling Racing||Honda CBR1000RR-R||+28.204|
|9||Matt Truelove||🇬🇧||TAG Racing||Honda CBR1000RR-R||+28.428|
|10||Luke Hedger||🇬🇧||MAD Racing||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||+32.294|
|11||Tim Neave||🇬🇧||Marvel MCL Motorsport||Honda CBR1000RR-R||+32.302|
|12||James Hillier||🇬🇧||LAMI OMG Racing||Yamaha R1||+55.712|
|13||Richard White||🇬🇧||Trackdudes Hilltop||BMW M 1000 RR||+59.698|
|14||Joe Francis||🇬🇧||GR Motorsport||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||+1m >|
|15||Max Symonds||🇬🇧||Symonds Racing||Yamaha R1||+1m >|
|16||Nathan Harrison||🇬🇧||Quayside Racing||Honda CBR1000RR-R||+1m >|
|17||Brent Harran||🇿🇦||WSE Racing||BMW M 1000 RR||+1m >|
|18||Rory Parker||🇬🇧||RP Racing||Honda CBR1000RR-R||+1m >|
|19||Sam Cox||🇬🇧||Sam Cox Racing||BMW M 1000 RR||+1m >|
|20||Clayton Grover||🇬🇧||Grover Stunts & Exclusive Fishing||Yamaha R1||+1m >|
|21||John McGuinness||🇬🇧||Milenco by Padgetts||Honda CBR1000RR-R||+1m >|
|22||Matty Whelan||🇬🇧||Milestone by ATS Racing||Suzuki GSX-R1000R||+1m >|
|23||Kieran Smith||🇬🇧||Corkie Racing||Honda CBR1000RR-R||+1m >|
|24||Sam Osborne||🇦🇺||MSG Racing - AF Scaffolding||Suzuki GSX-R1000R||+1m >|
|26||Peter Eccles||🇬🇧||LAP Racing||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||+1 Lap|
|26||Martin Ruitenbeek||🇳🇱||Holland Motorstore Racing||Yamaha R1||+1 Lap|
|27||Jake Campbell||🇬🇧||MAD Racing||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||+1 Lap|
|28||Phil Rooke||🇬🇧||Fly a Spitfire Racing||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||+1 Lap|
|DNF||Callum Bey||🇬🇧||EightZero Racing||Suzuki GSX-R1000R|
|DNF||Lewis Rollo||🇬🇧||IN Competition||Aprilia RSV 4|
|DNF||Ryan Dixon||🇬🇧||Ryan Dixon Racing||Yamaha R1|
|DNF||Joe Sheldon-Shaw||🇬🇧||Forward Vision Racing||Suzuki GSX-R1000R|
|DNF||Joe Moore||🇬🇧||Clearline Racing||Suzuki GSX-R1000R|
|DNF||Connor Thomson||🇬🇧||Sound Advice Hearing Racing||Kawasaki ZX-10RR|