Brand Hatch WSB live updates
5.15pm. European Superstocks Part 2:
Chris Burns emphatically won the second part of the delayed European Superstock race to take the overall win by three and a half seconds from Murphy. Third was McCulloch, after a race long duel with Andy Notman. Fifth was Tortorogi, sixth Quigley, seventh Vizziello, eigth Romaneli, ninth Fourreau, and tenth Vankeymeulen.
4.20pm. World Superbikes. Race Two:
Colin Edwards completed the double at Brands with another perfect race. Hodgson and Bayliss got away first and second, but it only took Edwards one lap to find a way past the injured reigning world champion. Two laps later it was Hodgson’s turn, and despite fighting back at Clearways, there seemed little he could do to stop the relentless Edwards.
Bayliss and Hodgson contented themselves with fighting for second place as Edwards extended his lead. Bayliss eventually claimed second place in front of Hodgson.
The main excitement of the race was the four-way battle behind the podium positions. Bostrom, Xaus, Haga and Chili duked it out for most of the race. Bostrom took fourth, with Haga brave enough to lead Xaus over the line. Chili followed in seventh ahead of the three Brits, Walker, Rutter and Byrne.
It was a disappointing race for James Toseland, who crashed out on lap 14, and Dean Ellison, who destroyed his bike on the final lap.
The results were:
1.) Edwards 2.) Bayliss 3.)Hodgson 4.) Bostrom 5.) Haga 6.) Xaus 7.) Chili 8.) Walker 9.) Rutter 10.) Byrne 11.) Borja 12.) Lavilla 13.) Antonello 14.) Richards 15.) Borciani 16.) Martin 17.) Izutsu 18.) Parkes 19.) Sanchini 20.) Heckles 21.) Clementi
dnf: Ellison, Toseland, Pedercini, Stey, Goddard.
3.20pm. World Supersport:
The final leg of the World Supersport race has finally been completed, and it was worth waiting for. A fantastic five way dice over the final few laps lifted everyone after the amount of restarts.
It was between eventual winner Fujiwara, MacPherson, Curtain, Casoli and Foret, with some amazing overtaking which belied the fact MacPherson was five seconds adrift on aggregate time and Curtain had already suffered a stop-go penalty.
2.40pm. World Supersport:
Unbelievably, the race has had to be red-flagged yet again after leader Fabian Foret lost his Ten-Kate Honda in roughly the same place as fellow Frenchman Stephane Chambon in the first leg of the race.
Foret was looking behind to check on Fujiwara and Casoli when his rear tyre ran onto the kerb and he lost grip. His bike eventually slide to the side of the track, narrowly missing much of the field as Foret rolled to a stop on the track.
This is the third red-flag of the day, and after the European Superstock was also halted, there is no news yet as to the schedule for the rest of the afternoon.
There was some good news for British fans, in that Jamie Whitham is reported to have a suspected broken arm. This is better than expected after such a huge crash.
1:55pm. World Supersport:
The race has again been red-flagged after Jamie Whitham had a major fall. He was coming onto the start-finish straight when he started a high-speed wobble, catapulting him half out of the seat before both he and the bike hit the armco.
As yet, Whitham is still being treated at the side of the track, but we’ll post more news as soon as we can get it.
The second re-start will take place at 2.09pm
1:35pm: World Supersport:
The World Supersport race has just become the second race of the day to be red-flagged after race leader Stephane Chambon crashed at the foot of the approach to Druids.
Fortunately the diminutive Frenchman wasn’t badly injured. He had taken the lead from the start, ahead of compatriot Fabian Foret, Katsuaki Fujiwara and Britain’s Jamie Whitham.
The re-start may be good news for Iain MacPherson, who lunched his front row grid position and had dropped down to tenth.
Chambon was not the only faller in the short six lapper. Cogan also fell, crashing out of ninth.
12:40pm: World Superbike Race One:
Texan Colin Edwards rode a faultless race to take victory in the first race at Brands. It was Neil Hodgson who got the best start and led into paddock, ahead of Bayliss and Rutter, but Edwards was in a determined mood. The American moved past Rutter into third, and then muscled his way into second entering Dingle Dell.
The first three of Hodgson, Edwards and Bayliss pulled clear of the chasing pack, which at one point featured James Toseland in fourth.
On the third lap Edwards too the lead through Stirling, and despite Hodgson’s best efforts to close, the Honda rider was able to build a gap of around one second and maintain it until the end.
With Bayliss fading, the action was in the chasing group from fourth to ninth. James Toseland dropped back through the pack to ninth, but it was Chris Walker and Michael Rutter who were providing the action. Xaus, Haga and Rutter all passed Toseland in the space of two laps.
Any of the three could have taken fourth, but it was not to be for Rutter who crashed at Graham Hill bend on lap nineteen, leaving the final six laps clear for a duel between Haga and Xaus. Haga managed to power past the Spaniard on lap 20, only to have the favour repayed at Dingle Dell. Haga eventually managed to retake fourth and held it to the line, despite Xaus trying everything he could, including, in the run to the line, punting Haga from behind. Both riders were extremely fortunate to stay on to finish, but Haga later crashed on the slowdown lap.
Chris Walker gave the fans something more to cheer about, passing Ben Bostrom to take sixth. Toseland eventually took ninth, Byrne tenth, Ellison fourteenth and Mark Heckles seventeenth.
1.) Edwards 2.) Hodgson 3.) Bayliss 4.) Haga 5.) Xaus 6.) Walker 7.) Bostrom 8.) Chili 9.) Toseland 10.) Byrne 11.) Borja 12.) Antonello 13.) Izutsu 14.) Ellison 15.) Lavilla 16.) Borciani 17.) Heckles 18.) Goddard 19.) Martin 20.) Richards.
DNF: Rutter, Sanchini, Parkes, Pedercini, Stey, Clementi
10:45am: European Superstock race:
A dramatic race was red-flagged on only the fourth lap due to a major accident in the leading group of four riders. The group, consisting of Brogan, Burns, Murphy and Iannuzzo, were bunched up exiting Stirling corner when Brogan fell. Burns and Murphy managed to avoid the fallen Brogan, but Iannuzzo struck the fallen rider, launching himself and his Corona Suzuki into the air. The bike landed heavily on top of the Italian, who is having a terrible weekend, having been involved in a car accident on Saturday night. He was, incredibly lucky not to be injured further as the rest of the field flew past the wreckage at race pace, inches past the rider, who had landed in the middle of the track.
The red flag was eventually brought out a lap later, and the race will be run after the second superbike race.
10:05am: Supersport warm-up
The times are headed by Cogan, Casoli, Carlacci, Pitt and Whitham in a warm-up marred by Brit Rob Frost crashing on the " back " part of the circuit. MacPherson is currently eighth quickest, with Smart fourteenth, Ellison nineteenth and Frost twentieth.
9:40am: Superbike warm-up
Warm-up is underway on what must be the hottest day of the year. There’s a huge crowd at Brands, and it’s a sea of orange Hodgson supporters, and green Walker supporters. The car parks are spilling out across the Kent fields but traffic so far has been surprisingly good.
Colin Edwards is the fastest man in the morning warm-up, with a 1:26.519. Bayliss is second quickest, with Xaus, Chili, Hodgson, Toseland, Rutter, Bostrom, Haga, Borja, Walker, Richards, Borciani, Lavilla, Antonello, Martin, Ellison, Byrne, Sanchini, Izutsu, Heckles, Parkes, Pedercini, Goddard, Clementi and Stey.
Kelvin Reilly, who fell in the European Superstock warm-up, has been airlifted to hospital for checks.