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National SSTK Brands Hatch GP Race 2 | Linfoot bounces back with fifth win of 2023

Dan Linfoot, Optimum Bikes, Honda CBR1000RR-R, 2023 SSTK, Brands Hatch GP, action [credit - Tim Keeton/Impact Images]

Dan Linfoot bounced back from his first race crash to dominate the second Pirelli National Superstock Championship race of the weekend at Brands Hatch.

The Optimum Bikes Honda rider defeating Alex Olsen (Cumins by Team IWR Honda) by almost three seconds with Alastair Seeley (Synetiq BMW) taking third.

Joe Talbot (JR Performance Racing Honda) grabbed the initiative off the line and together with Linfoot, Seeley and Richard Kerr (AMD Motorsport Honda) made an early break, the quartet opening up a half second advantage over the chasing pack, which was led by Olsen.


Lap three saw one of the fancied runners, Billy McConnell (C&L Fairburn Properties/Jackson Racing Honda), crash on the exit of Druids and by then, Linfoot was in the lead and a half a second clear of Seeley with Talbot relegated to third. That then became fourth as Kerr, recognising the break championship rival Linfoot was making, claimed third.

Linfoot doubled his advantage next time around with third placed Kerr now 2.3s in arrears whilst Olsen moved up to fourth at the expense of the fast-starting Talbot. Further back, Lewis Rollo had taken over sixth on the IN Competition Aprilia.

Olsen grabbed third from Kerr at Surtees on lap six but at the front, Linfoot continued to pull clear and with five laps to go, his advantage over Seeley crept above two seconds for the first time.

The former BSB race winner continued to control proceedings for the remainder of the race, easing off on the final lap to take the chequered flag by 2.7s for his fifth win of the season but it was Olsen who claimed second after he overtook Seeley at Sheene Curve on the penultimate lap.

Kerr had a lonely ride into fourth and now sits ten points behind Linfoot in the championship standings whilst Talbot and Rollo took fifth and sixth respectively. Ashley Beech, Brayden Elliott, Luke Hedger and Ben Luxton completed the top ten.

2023 National Superstock Championship [SSTK] | Brands Hatch | Race 2 Results | Round 6 / 11
1Dan LinfootGBROptimum Bikes RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R14 Laps
2Alex OlsenGBRCumins by Team IWRHonda CBR1000RR-R+2.706
3Alastair SeeleyGBRSYNETIQ BMWBMW M 1000 RR+3.729
4Richard KerrIRLAMD MotorsportHonda CBR1000RR-R+9.225
5Joe TalbotGBRJR Performance RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R+16.162
6Lewis RolloGBRIN CompetitionAprilia RSV 4+17.628
7Ash BeechGBRJones Dorling RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R+21.649
8Brayden ElliottAUSDAO RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR+22.159
9Luke HedgerGBRMAD RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR+22.176
10Ben LuxtonGBRBen Luxton RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R+23.607
11David AllinghamGBRSMS RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R+23.866
12Conor CumminsGBRMilenco by PadgettsHonda CBR1000RR-R+25.851
13Shaun WinfieldGBRTAG RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R+32.036
14James HillierGBRLAMI OMG RacingYamaha R1+32.400
15Simon ReidGBRC&L Fairburn Jackson RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R+36.790
16Kieran SmithGBRCorkie RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R+42.276
17Sam CoxGBRSam Cox RacingBMW M 1000 RR+43.364
18Joe MooreGBRClearline RacingSuzuki GSX-R1000R+44.528
19Max SymondsGBRSymonds RacingYamaha R1+47.566
20Callum BeyGBREightZero RacingSuzuki GSX-R1000R+50.420
21Max MorganGBRMSS PerformanceKawasaki ZX-10RR+1m 00.388
22Matty WhelanGBRMilestone by ATS RacingSuzuki GSX-R1000R+1m 01.537
23Connor ThomsonGBRSound Advice Hearing RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR+1m 03.610
24Phil RookeGBRFly a Spitfire RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR+1 Lap
25Scott McFarlaneGBRTrue Heroes RacingSuzuki GSX-R1000R+1 Lap
26Jason BurrillGBRBurrill RacingBMW M 1000 RR+1 Lap
DNFRichard WhiteGBRTrackdudes Hilltop MotorcyclesBMW M 1000 RR
DNFJoe FrancisGBRSTAUFF GR MotorsportKawasaki ZX-10RR
DNFJoe Sheldon-ShawGBRTeam SBRKawasaki ZX-10RR
DNFJorel BoerboomNLDG&S RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR
DNFBilly McConnellAUSC&L Fairburn Jackson RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R
DNSMatt TrueloveGBRTAG RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R
DNSBrent HarranZAFOptimum Bikes RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R
DNSScott SwannGBRSwann RacingYamaha R1

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