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Lowes secures Superbikes crown as Brookes completes Brands Hatch hat-trick
4:27pm Tuesday 22nd October 2013 in Sport
ALEX Lowes celebrated a maiden British Superbike Championship title win for Samsung Honda at Brands Hatch on Sunday.
Lomas made history to become the youngest winner of the crown after finishing ahead of Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne.
Josh Brookes was again victorious, as he made it a hat trick of victories for Tyco Suzuki as he edged out an advantage on track as he led from the start.
But all the drama was between Lowes and Byrne.
On the opening lap, Byrne carved his way through from the eighth row to be running seventh on the fourth lap with Lowes in fourth.
The atmosphere was electrifying as Lowes moved to third on the fifth lap, but Byrne was closing in and was fourth by lap six.
The pair then had Jon Kirkham ahead of them and Lowes made a move on the Buildbase BMW rider at Surtees and Byrne made a move at Pilgrims Drop and they were inseparable again.
A lap later and Byrne made a move on his rival Lowes at Surtees to move ahead in the title battle but a moment at Clearways cost him and Lowes tried to pass into Paddock Hill Bend but the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki rider held the line.
Byrne held the advantage until the 16th lap when Lowes made a move down the inside at Graham Hill Bend.
Byrne was pushing to make a pass but Lowes had the edge and on the final lap a slide from Byrne at Druids cost him.
Despite pushing hard he was unable to get back ahead of his Samsung Honda rider and Lowes claimed second place to lift the crown.
An incident-filled earlier race had left the title fight wide open ahead of the last race of the season, with Lowes and Byrne dramatically crashing out as Brookes claimed a sensational win.
The changing conditions made it a tough choice for the teams ahead of the race but at the start Byrne hit the front at Paddock Hill Bend.
However, as the pack streamed up to Druids James Westmoreland had pushed the Buildbase BMW to the front of the field.
The drama started early for standings leader Lowes as he crashed his Samsung Honda on the exit of Druids on the opening lap, leaving him dejected.
James Ellison had hit the front of the pack by Surtees on lap one ahead of Westmoreland and Halsall Racing Kawasaki's Lee Costello in third.
The former Superstock contender soon made a move on his Buildbase BMW rival and behind Matteo Baiocco on the Rapido Sport Racing Ducati had also got off to a lightning start.
Ellison was holding the lead until he ran wide at Druids on the fifth lap and he rejoined in third as his Milwaukee Yamaha team-mate Tommy Bridewell crashed out unhurt at Druids.
Byrne was down in ninth as the track conditions continued to change but the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki rider dramatically then slid out of contention at Druids a lap later.
Costello was still holding the lead at the front from Ellison and Westmoreland but Brookes was taking advantage of the track conditions as he was closing in on the lead pack.
The Australian had been as far as 15 seconds adrift in the early stages of the race but he soon pushed himself into contention.
Ellison then moved into the lead on the 15th lap, pushing Costello to second, but the Halsall Racing Kawasaki rider fought back to reclaim the lead.
The leading pair though had been sensationally closed by Brookes and the Tyco Suzuki and it came down to the final lap of the race to decide the podium.
Brookes first passed Ellison and then had his sights set on Costello and despite some attempts to make a move it wasn't until Clearways for the last time that the Australian moved into the lead to claim his second win of the weekend.
Costello held on to second to claim his first podium position in MCE BSB and to equal the Halsall Racing Kawasaki team's best result with Ellison completing the podium line up.
Westmoreland held on to fourth ahead of Chris Walker who scored a top five position for Quattro Plant Bournemouth Kawasaki after a battle with PJ Jacobsen on the Tyco Suzuki and Dan Linfoot on the Lloyds British GBmoto Honda.
Jon Kirkham, Jakub Smrz and Freddy Foray completed the top ten.
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