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Cadwell BSB: Brookes beats Ray to pole position

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Qualifying three

Josh Brookes – 1’26.219

Bradley Ray – 1’26.443

Tommy Bridewell – 1’26.495

Josh Brookes blasted to pole position in this afternoon’s Bennetts British Superbike qualifying after beating Bradley Ray to the top spot.

Be Wiser Ducati’s Mountain master went under lap record pace to snag the top spot while Buildbase Suzuki’s only Q3 contender looks to finally have returned to form.

Scott Redding immediately hit the front with a 1’26.656 to lead Tommy Bridewell and Brookes, but Bridewell went straight to the top moments later before Brookes and Ray nudged him back as the Aussie clocked a 1’26.219 to bag provisional pole.

While the top six were all in the 1’26s bracket, Brookes held the lead as the chequered flag flew and no one could get within two tenths of a second.

Ray set a 1’26.443 to beat Bridewell to second on the grid by just 0.052s, leaving the second PBM of Redding to head row.

FS-3 Kawasaki’s Danny Buchan will line up fifth ahead of Jason O’Halloran, while Dan Linfoot will lead off row three ahead of the Tyco BMWs of Christian Iddon and Glenn Irwin.

Qualifying two

Josh Brookes– 1’26.442

Scott Redding – 1’26.585

Jason O’Halloran – 1’26.836

Brookes was straight back into the lead and straight into the 1’26s bracket with a 1’26.442 as he led Redding, who was right on his tail, just 0.143s adrift.

McAMS man O’Halloran led Buchan in third as the last of the front-runners in the 1’26s while Linfoot and Ray slotted into the top six just behind.

But it was soon another disaster for Vickers as he once again dropped the Lee Hardy Racing bike at the Hairpin just like he did in Q1.

Bridwell made his bid for Q3 a bit safer with less than 30s to go as he moved up to seventh, but local threat Hickman made a shock early exit on the Smith’s BMW as he dropped out in 11th after looking to be held up on his flyer by Bike Devil MV’s stand-in Gino Rea.

Eliminated

Andrew Irwin

Hickman

Stapleford

Fores

Truelove

Rea

Elliott

Mackenzie

Vickers

Qualifying one

Josh Brookes – 1’26.462

Scott Redding – 1’27.069

Danny Buchan – 1’27.070

Following his FP3 form, practice pace-setter Danny Buchan blasted straight to the top with Redding and Glenn Irwin in tow.

With just over 10 minutes to go in Q1, Ryan Vickers dumped his RAF Regular and Reserves machine at the Hairpin just moments before Santander Salt TAG Racing’s Linfoot dropped his R1 at Barn.

Brookes laid down a scorching 1’26.462 to hit the top of the times just after Redding pipped Buchan by 0.001s for second, but no one was able to come any closer to the leading PBM Ducati rider.

With a few minutes remaining, EHA Racing’s David Allingham crashed out of 22nd at the bottom of the Mountain and ended any hopes of going through to Q2.

But OMG Suzuki’s Elliott narrowly slid through as he went fast enough to take P18 from JG Speedfit Kawasaki’s Ben Currie, while just ahead the recovering McAMS Yamaha of Tarran Mackenzie also moved through by a hair in 17th place.

Eliminated

Currie

McConnell

Barbera

Harrison

Francis

Corti

Allingham

Coventry

Winfield

Hipwell

Rogers

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