Dan Linfoot put in a champions ride at Brands Hatch on Sunday afternoon to not only take his ninth win of the season in the Pirelli National Superstock Championship but with it the 2023 title.
The former BSB race winner only needed four points to clinch the crown but, after a steady start from ninth on the grid, worked his way to the front and after taking the lead on lap six of 14, he never looked back.
Continuing with the form shown all season on the Optimum Bikes Racing Honda, Linfoot quickly opened a lead over the rest of the field and eventually went on to take a commanding 3.4s win over season-long rival Richard Kerr (AMD Motorsport Honda).
Kerr wasn’t quite able to match the pace of his more experienced rival but took second from Joe Talbot (JR Performance Racing Honda) at Druids on lap 11 and took his ninth podium of the season, ending the season 36 points adrift of Linfoot. For the second year running, he was also the only rider to score points in every race.
Talbot completed his strong end to the year in third just ahead of Alastair Seeley (Synetqiq BMW) although the positions were reversed in the final championship standings with former champion Seeley edging out Talbot by 15 points.
Saturday’s race winner Billy McConnell took fifth in the race and in the championship on the C&L Fairburn Properties/Jackson Racing Honda with Luke Hedger taking sixth in the race on the MAD Racing Kawasaki.
Lewis Rollo (IN Competition Aprilia), Ben Luxton (Luxton Racing Honda), Nathan Harrison (Quayside Racing Honda) and James Hillier (LAMI OMG Racing Yamaha) completed the top ten in Sunday’s final race with Rollo taking sixth overall in the championship.
|2023 National Superstock Championship [SSTK] | Brands Hatch | Race 2 Results | Round 11 / 11|
|1||Dan Linfoot||🇬🇧||Optimum Bikes Racing||Honda CBR1000RR-R||14 Laps|
|2||Richard Kerr||🇮🇪||AMD Motorsport||Honda CBR1000RR-R||+3.432|
|3||Joe Talbot||🇬🇧||JR Performance Racing||Honda CBR1000RR-R||+3.821|
|4||Alastair Seeley||🇬🇧||SYNETIQ BMW||BMW M 1000 RR||+4.721|
|5||Billy McConnell||🇦🇺||C&L Fairburn Jackson Racing||Honda CBR1000RR-R||+4.882|
|6||Luke Hedger||🇬🇧||MAD Racing||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||+11.747|
|7||Lewis Rollo||🇬🇧||IN Competition||Aprilia RSV 4||+11.778|
|8||Ben Luxton||🇬🇧||Ben Luxton Racing||Honda CBR1000RR-R||+17.998|
|9||Nathan Harrison||🇬🇧||Quayside Racing||Honda CBR1000RR-R||+25.257|
|10||James Hillier||🇬🇧||LAMI OMG Racing||Yamaha R1||+25.357|
|11||Ash Beech||🇬🇧||Jones Dorling Racing||Honda CBR1000RR-R||+25.416|
|12||Scott Swann||🇬🇧||Swann Racing||Yamaha R1||+27.490|
|13||Sam Cox||🇬🇧||Sam Cox Racing||BMW M 1000 RR||+32.234|
|14||Joe Francis||🇬🇧||GR Motorsport||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||+37.824|
|15||Joe Sheldon-Shaw||🇬🇧||Forward Vision Racing||Suzuki GSX-R1000R||+37.899|
|16||Max Symonds||🇬🇧||Symonds Racing||Yamaha R1||+37.971|
|17||John McGuinness||🇬🇧||Milenco by Padgetts||Honda CBR1000RR-R||+39.740|
|18||Kieran Smith||🇬🇧||Corkie Racing||Honda CBR1000RR-R||+40.699|
|19||Brent Harran||🇿🇦||WSE Racing||BMW M 1000 RR||+40.817|
|20||Matty Whelan||🇬🇧||Milestone by ATS Racing||Suzuki GSX-R1000R||+42.317|
|21||Joe Moore||🇬🇧||Clearline Racing||Suzuki GSX-R1000R||+44.885|
|22||Ryan Dixon||🇬🇧||Ryan Dixon Racing||Yamaha R1||+45.082|
|23||Callum Bey||🇬🇧||EightZero Racing||Suzuki GSX-R1000R||+45.244|
|24||Rory Parker||🇬🇧||RP Racing||Honda CBR1000RR-R||+53.767|
|25||Richard White||🇬🇧||Trackdudes Hilltop||BMW M 1000 RR||+1m >|
|26||Sam Osborne||🇦🇺||MSG Racing - AF Scaffolding||Suzuki GSX-R1000R||+1m >|
|27||Clayton Grover||🇬🇧||Grover Stunts & Exclusive Fishing||Yamaha R1||+1m >|
|28||Martin Ruitenbeek||🇳🇱||Holland Motorstore Racing||Yamaha R1||+1m >|
|29||Scott McFarlane||🇬🇧||True Heroes Racing||Suzuki GSX-R1000R||+1 Lap|
|30||Peter Eccles||🇬🇧||LAP Racing||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||+1 Lap|
|DNF||Connor Thomson||🇬🇧||Sound Advice Hearing Racing||Kawasaki ZX-10RR|
|DNF||Matt Truelove||🇬🇧||TAG Racing||Honda CBR1000RR-R|
|DNF||Tim Neave||🇬🇧||Marvel MCL Motorsport||Honda CBR1000RR-R|
|DNF||Jake Campbell||🇬🇧||MAD Racing||Kawasaki ZX-10RR|
|DNF||Phil Rooke||🇬🇧||Fly a Spitfire Racing||Kawasaki ZX-10RR|