Brookes takes title fight with Redding down to the wire with race two win

Josh Brookes will take the Bennetts British Superbike Championship title fight down to the wire against Scott Redding in the final race of the weekend at Brands Hatch this afternoon after he claimed victory in race two following a dramatic dogfight between the Be Wiser Ducati teammates on the last lap.

At the start of the race, Brookes took the advantage from Jason O'Halloran and Christian Iddon with Tommy Bridewell in close contention. Redding was fighting back but running wide at Druids dropped him back into seventh and he had work to do to catch his title rival.

Brookes was trying to make a break but Christian Iddon had become his next challenger on lap three when he fired the Tyco BMW ahead of O’Halloran. However, Iddon was soon under pressure as Bridewell had moved into third place for Oxford Racing Ducati and was up to second by the end of the fourth lap.

Redding was carving his way through the chasing group and by lap seven he was into third place with a move on Iddon into Paddock Hill Bend. However he had to fight for the place with Iddon briefly reclaiming the positon before the championship leader dived back ahead.

The leading trio then were a breakaway pack with Brookes ahead of Bridewell and Redding in third, but the former MotoGP rider was attacking hard and he waited until there were just two laps remaining to make his move.

Redding then had Brookes in his sight for the victory, but the 2015 champion wasn’t giving up without a fight and the pair’s battle for supremacy went down to the wire on the final lap.

As the pair crossed the line inseparable going into Paddock Hill Bend for the final time, Redding made a move to claim the lead, but Brookes was determined and he made a lunge at Druids to regain the advantage.

Redding was looking for an opportunity but Brookes had the measure of his teammate as the pair crossed the line separated by just 0.119s, with Bridewell claiming third place.

Tarran Mackenzie had moved into fourth place behind for McAMS Yamaha to bounce back from his crash yesterday, pushing Iddon back into fifth with Danny Buchan holding sixth place ahead of O’Halloran.

Peter Hickman was eighth in the penultimate race of the season with Andrew Irwin and Taylor Mackenzie completing the top 10.

Bennetts British Superbike Championship, Brands Hatch, Race two result:

  1. Josh Brookes (Be Wiser Ducati) 1:25.890s
  2. Scott Redding (Be Wiser Ducati) +0.119s
  3. Tommy Bridewell (Oxford Racing Ducati) +0.796s
  4. Tarran Mackenzie (McAMS Yamaha) +7.240s
  5. Christian Iddon (Tyco BMW) +8.236s
  6. Danny Buchan (FS-3 Racing Kawasaki) +8.753s
  7. Jason O'Halloran (McAMS Yamaha) +9.771s
  8. Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW) +12.478s
  9. Andrew Irwin (Honda Racing) +18.246s
  10. Taylor Mackenzie (Tyco BMW) +20.862s

Bennetts British Superbike Championship standings ahead of the final:

  1. Scott Redding (Be Wiser Ducati) 681
  2. Josh Brookes (Be Wiser Ducati) 667
  3. Tommy Bridewell (Oxford Racing Ducati) 616
  4. Danny Buchan (FS-3 Racing Kawasaki) 580
  5. Tarran Mackenzie (McAMS Yamaha) 556
  6. Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW) 547

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