BSB: Ray continues to shine with Brands pole

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Bennetts British Superbike man of the moment Bradley Ray will start tomorrow’s opening race at Brands Hatch on pole position after pipping champion Shane Byrne in this afternoon’s qualifying session.

The Buildbase Suzuki ace, who won both races at Donington Park two weeks ago, outpaced the veteran by 0.097 seconds to clinch the top spot.

James Ellison completes the front row for the Anvil Hire TAG racing squad ahead of former team-mate Michael Laverty and JG Speedfit Kawasaki’s Leon Haslam.

Tommy Bridewell rounds out row two for Halsall Racing Suzuki  with Jake Dixon, Jason O’Halloran, who was able to get back out after a tip off in Q2 and Tarran Mackenzie lining up on row three.

Tyco BMW’s Christian Iddon narrowly missed out on Q3 and will line up tenth ahead of the second Buildbase Suzuki of Richard Cooper.

Double race winner at the indy circuit last year, Luke Mossey will start 13th after running out of fuel towards the end of Q2.

It was a disastrous session for McAMS Yamaha’s Josh Brookes who didn’t even make it through to Q2 as he continues to struggle for grip, he’ll start the first race 20th.

Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

Former sports reporter covering British Superbikes, World Superbikes and road racing