Brands BSB: Leon Haslam takes his first win at Brands Hatch on Kawasaki

Leon Haslam took the win after an incredible battle, and his first with Kawasaki at Brands Hatch with Bridewell and O’Halloran joining the 2018 Champion on the podium.

It was a great start for Andrew Irwin who hit the front early on but was soon passed by Honda’s Jason O’Halloran who had a great opening few corners.

Leon Haslam then came back through the pack after being pushed a little bit wide at turn 2 passing Irwin into Paddock Hill Bend but Irwin got the drive to re-pass the Champion into Druids hairpin. But the great performance for Irwin came to an end after highsiding on entry to the downhill Graham Hill Bend.

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Photo Credit: British Superbike Gallery

At the front, Leon Haslam picked his way passed O’Halloran before being followed through by Moto Rapido Ducati of Bridewell.

As the track and tyres started to fall away the battle at the front was getting hot with O’Halloran, Haslam, Bridewell, Iddon and Dixon all battling for the lead with James Ellison closing up.

A disappointing end saw for James Ellison after catching the leading 5, the Cumbrian got spat off his Tag Yamaha at Paddock Hill Bend, whilst Tyco BMW’s Laverty also high-sided at the back of the circuit.

Jake Dixon managed to take the lead passing O’Halloran and Haslam but tucked the front into Clearways ending his race with 6 laps to go.

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Photo Credit: British Superbike Gallery

After losing 2 riders from the leading group, Haslam, O’Halloran and Bridewell started to open the gap over Iddon and Cooper.

Haslam took the lead into turn 1 but O’Halloran took advantage of Haslam’s slide into Surtees.

With 3 laps to go Haslam and O’Halloran swapped positions 3 times with Haslam taking the advantage at turn 1 on lap 18 whilst Richard Cooper got passed Iddon and into 4th.

Haslam started to pull the pin putting daylight between himself and the Honda who had Bridewell’s Ducati to deal with. Bridewell got the drive down the Cooper Straight on lap 18 passing the Honda into Surtees.

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Photo Credit: British Superbike Gallery

Haslam eventually took the flag with Bridewell and the new Riders Cup leader Jason O’Halloran in 3rd.

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