Josh Brookes takes victory in a stunning race 1 ahead of polesitter Glenn Irwin and championship leader Leon Haslam who inherited third after Tarran Mackenzie dropped his R1 in the closing stages of the 20 lap race.
Josh Brookes took the win in the opening British Superbike race at Brands Hatch as he placed his White and Red McAMS Yamaha in the top slot on the YZF-R1’S 20th birthday.
Josh started 2nd but stormed into the lead at Paddock Hill Bend ahead of Be Wiser Ducati’s Glenn Irwin.
The opening few laps was carnage as the train for the lead went back to Mossey in 6th position.
Honda Racing’s Dan Linfoot took an early tumble at Westfield and then was later followed back to the paddock by Luke Mossey who dropped his JG Speedfit Kawasaki at the final corner.
James Ellison’s season goes from bad to worse after pulling into the pits with a technical issue on his Anvil Tag Hire Yamaha.
With Mossey out of the pack, it was Brookes leading Irwin and Tarran Mackenzie leading the way.
In the final few laps, Tarran Mackenzie started to put Irwin under pressure but the Scott tucked the front as he tipped into hawthorns ending his race.
This left his teammate, Australian Josh Brookes to fend off Irwin in the final few laps with Haslam holding onto the third position.
Josh Brookes was able to withstand the pressure from Glenn Irwin on the final lap taking his first win in 2018 ahead of Irwin who is still looking for his first win in 2018 and championship leader Leon Haslam finished in 3rd extending his lead over Jake Dixon who ended the race in 3rd.
A few good rides further back with Hickman and Cooper coming home in 6th and 7th with Andrew Irwin in 9th.
Chrissy Rouse just missed out on a top 10 finish after putting his Suzuki in 11th place.
After his win in race 1, Josh Brookes moves back into the showdown spots.
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