Josh Brookes –1’05.868
Scott Redding –1’05.940
Jason O’Halloran –1’05.981
Be Wiser Ducati’s Josh Brookes will lead a team one-two off the front row of today’s first Bennetts British Superbike race after powering to pole ahead of Scott Redding.
The PBM riders controlled the final stages of qualifying this afternoon after looking to use team tactics to their advantage.
Brookes led Redding out of the gates as they both clocked 1’06.0s laps to head the order before Redding clocked the fastest lap of the weekend, a 1’05.940, before O’Halloran split the Ducatis to go second quickest.
But after a lap running tip and tail, Brookes eclipsed his team-mate to clinch pole position with a 1’05.868.
And despite their last attempts, McAMS Yamaha’s O’Halloran and Mackenzie had to settle for third and fourth ahead of Oxford Racing’s Tommy Bridewell and OMG Suzuki man Luke Mossey.
Buildbase Suzuki’s Luke Stapleford heads row three ahead of Quattro Plant JG Speedfit Kawasaki stand-in Hector Barbera and Santander Salt TAG Racing’s Dan Linfoot.
Jason O’Halloran – 1’05.973
Tarran Mackenzie – 1’06.068
Josh Brookes – 1’06.089
Brookes averted crisis just after exiting pit lane as he saved a moment under braking to run wide at Redgate, but it was immediate disaster for Christian Iddon as he was spat off his Tyco BMW in the middle of Coppice, prompting red flags.
When action got back underway just over five minutes later, Mackenzie went fastest before being beat by McAMS compatriot O’Halloran,as Brookes slotted into second ahead of Bridewell and Stapleford.
Stapleford was relegated to fifth just as Joe Francis ran on at Redgate. But it was a scramble in the PBM garage as Redding’s crew shoved him out of the pit box with less than two minutes remaining in a bid to bolster his move to Q3.
Former MotoGP man Barbera made good on his recruitment to the JG Speedfit squad as the Spaniard went ninth quickest, leaving fellow Kawasaki man Buchan out in 10th and team-mate Glenn Irwin languishing in a lowly 16th.
Jason O’Halloran – 1’06.296
Danny Buchan – 1’06.331
Josh Brookes – 1’06.392
Fores shot to the top early on before being eclipsed by O’Halloran, but it was disaster for the Spaniard’s team-mate, Andrew Irwin, moments into the session as he dumped his Fireblade at the Old Hairpin.
Iddon and Brookes powered into second and third early on as Mackenzie, Barbera and Mossey followed them into the top eight, while Ray made a charge with just over five minutes to go to salvage his session and move into Q2 contention.
Meanwhile Buchan was knocked out of advancement as he was nudged back behind 18th-placed Joe Francis. But Buchan gained a massive 17 places the very next lap to go second quickest, while EHA Racing’s Allingham stormed up to fifth just a few seconds later.
Back in the fight for survival, Ellison was knocked onto the bubble as Ray was shoved back to 19th. But they were both axed from Q2 as Francis jumped up to 15th at the very last second.