Camier was clearly the fastest man on track at Croft Biritsh Superbikes
Croft British Superbikes: Camier takes second BSB win
14 September 2008 14:07
Leon Camier has taken the win in the first race at the Croft round of the British Superbike championship.
The Airwaves Ducati rider didn't get a great star, going sixth in to the first corner, but he was clearly the fastest man on track all race and managed to work his way through the pack with consistantly good passes to take the lead on lap on lap 13 and hold it to the flag.
HM Plant Honda rider Leon Haslam got over his rear wheel chatter problems to put in a good race, eventually finishing second after leading the middle third of the race.
Tom Sykes, started out well, holding the lead until Haslam took it away on lap seven, but he was obviously struggling with the front end grip problem that had plagued him all weekend and couldn't keep up with Camier or Haslam.
He slipped back to fourth when Shane Byrne pushed past on lap 18 despite the Ducati rider having a dice with the grass. But Sykes put in an almost reckless pass on Byrne in the final corner, ploughing in to the side of the Airwaves Ducati man and almost pushing him off the track to take third.
The incident pushed Byrne back from third to fifth as second HM Plant rider Cal Crutchlow took advantage to make up for his mistake riddle race and snatch fourth.
Michael Rutter, who qualified in second place had a lonely race. He lost out on fifth place to Camier earlier on then rode the rest of the race in sixth place.
Shayne Byrne still has a chance of tying up the championship at croft if he can finish five points or more ahead of Sykes in race two.
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Full Croft BSB race one results