Petrol spills postpones Brands Hatch superbike opener

10:11 10 April 2012

Shane Byrne

Shane Byrne

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Last day of action at British Superbike Championships halted by petrol spill on track at Brands Hatch.

The opening round of the British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch has been called off after a petrol spill on the track.

The spill happened in the first round of races at the Kent track on Easter Monday, where in the opening race local rider Shane Byrne finished seventh.

Samsung Honda’s Jon Kirkham celebrated victory in damp conditions at the track in the first race of the day, after overtaking Alastair Seeler, riding for Tyco Suzuki, on the final corner.

Byrne managed to take the lead after a crash in the opening lap left a gap at the front.

But he couldn’t hold off the challenge of Kirkham, and MSS Bathams Kawasaki’s Michael Rutter, and was forced down the field.

At the end of the tenth lap Padgetts Honda’s Luca Scassa crashed out of sixth place on the run up to Druids, he was unhurt in the crash but missed out on the opening points of the season.

Two laps later and Dan Linfoot slid off at Paddock Hill Bend causing the Nissan GTR Safety Car to be deployed.

At the restart Seeley put himself among the front runners and stole the lead going into the final laps.

Seeley then held the lead until the closing stages, when his Tyco Suzuki began to slide out of Clearways for the final time which gave Kirkham the chance he needed to cut ahead with the pair separated by just 0.136 seconds across the line at the finish.

Byrne finished in seventh after being passed by Ian Lowry, Gary Mason, and Tommy Bridewell in the closing stages.

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