Brands Hatch GP Race Report

Hickman Just Misses Out On Brands Hatch Podium

Gloucester-based Smiths Racing BMW enjoyed a strong weekend of racing at round six of the MCE British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch this weekend with Peter Hickman giving the team a brace of fourth place finishes in the two races to strengthen his standing in one of the top six Showdown positions.

Lee Jackson was adept in the changeable conditions as he ran inside the top 15 in both races. He started the first race from the fifth row and battled hard to score a point in 15th. The second encounter saw him enjoy a race long battle with Tommy Bridewell and Billy McConnell with never more than a few tenths of a second covering the trio. Indeed, Taylor Mackenzie and Glenn Irwin also closed in to make it a five-way battle for 12th and although it was Bridewell who grabbed the position on the final lap, Lee was only 0.033s behind in 13th and he added another three points to his ever-increasing 2017 tally.

#14 Lee Jackson Smiths Racing BMW MCE British Superbike Championship

Lee Jackson: “The weekend started slowly and I was quite down after FP1 on Friday but I went away to have a think about things and after that, things started to fall into place. All of the changes we made were in the right direction but I got boxed in at the first corner of the first race and I was only able to get back up to 15th for just a single point. I opted for the inside line at Paddock Hill for race two and had a good first few laps, holding people off. I made a slight mistake at Druids which saw me lose the tow to tenth place and 13th saw me pick up some more points.”

Rebecca Smith, Team Manager: “The test we had at Cadwell Park prior to this weekend was a big help and allowed us to test some parts which we wouldn’t normally have had time for. They definitely helped both riders and although we’re disappointed not to have picked up at least one podium, Peter was in great form all weekend and two fourth places sees us maintain a top six position and pull more points on the seventh placed rider. Lee also made good strides forward and can consider himself a little bit unfortunate not to have scored more points. He’s running consistently in the top 15 now though and edging closer to the top ten so that’s what we’ll be aiming for next time out.”

MCE British Superbike Championship race one (18 laps)
1 Shane Byrne (Ducati)
2 Dan Linfoot (Honda)
3 Leon Haslam (Kawasaki)
4 Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW)
5 Josh Brookes (Yamaha)
6 James Ellison (Yamaha)
15 Lee Jackson (Smiths Racing BMW)

MCE British Superbike Championship race two (20 laps)
1 Shane Byrne (Ducati)
2 James Ellison (Yamaha)
3 Christian Iddon (BMW)
4 Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW)
5 Leon Haslam (Kawasaki)
6 Luke Mossey (Kawasaki)
13 Lee Jackson (Smiths Racing BMW)

MCE British Superbike Championship standings (after six rounds)
1 Byrne 190pts
2 Mossey 161
3 Haslam 159
4 O’Halloran 133
5 Brookes 129
6 Hickman 119
17 Jackson 24

Round seven of the MCE British Superbike Championship takes place at Thruxton over the weekend of 4/6 August and for further information, please visit www.smithsracing.co.uk and www.britishsuperbike.com.

Pictures courtesy of Jon Jessop Photography:  Peter Hickman (60) and Lee Jackson (14) in action at Brands Hatch.

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