Be Wiser Ducati’s Josh Brookes edged fellow Bennetts British Superbike Showdown contender off top spot in this afternoon’s second free practice session at Brands Hatch, with the Australian just 0.038s ahead.
On a drying track, laptimes dropped significantly from this morning and Brookes was five seconds off his own lap record with a 1’28.873 compared to the FS-3 Kawasaki man’s 1’28.911 but then rain began to fall so he was unable to improve.
Tyco BMW’s Christian Iddon came back from a crash to bag third on the timesheet and is only four-tenths off the pace but fourth-placed man Scott Redding is a country-mile off the pace.
The championship leader put in 14 laps on the Panigale V4R but finished 1.232s behind team-mate Brookes while Peter Hickman took his Smiths BMW to fifth and is two-tenths behind Redding.
Oxford Ducati’s Tommy Bridewell hopped into sixth with his last flying lap but only completed three others, so a 1.626s gap is not as bad as it looks.
Quattro Kawasaki’s Ben Currie took seventh place with James Ellison’s OMG Suzuki one further back. Gino Rea put the MV Agusta in ninth with Isle of Man TT legend Dean Harrison tenth.
Jason O’Halloran put his McAMS Yamaha in 11th, one ahead of this morning’s fastest man Joe Francis on the LLoyd and Jones BMW. Alex Olsen, Josh Owens and Andrew Irwin rounded out the top 15.