James Ellison took the victory in an incident packed opening race of the seventh round of the ViSK British Superbike Championship in association with Pirelli before his Airwaves Yamaha team-mate, series leading Leon Camier, took the win next time out in a rain aborted race.
Chris Walker made the early running aboard his Motorpoint Henderson Yamaha while pole-starter Camier was baulked as Richard Cooper tumbled in front of him at the first turn of the first lap. Camier, who all but stopped, carved through the pack from twenty third to be running in eighth place.
Walker was taken by MSS Colchester Kawasaki rider on the fourth lap, with Tommy Hill, on his debut with the Worx Crescent Suzuki team running third from Josh Brookes on the HM Plant Honda with Hydrex Honda’s Karl Harris just ahead of Buildbase Kawasaki rider John Laverty.
Then, with seven laps remaining, the opening race was red-flagged after a multiple bike tangle going into the hairpin. Brookes, running hot into the tight hairpin, lost control and tipped off, taking out Andrews and in a split second, a further five riders went down.
“I though I had a good opportunity, but the back wheel came up and I couldn’t brake,” explained Brookes who sustained ligament injuries to his right thumb. “I made a mistake and feel bad about taking the other guys out and I hope they will forgive me.”
Ellison, who was running seventh at the time, found a way through, just ahead of Camier, and as they took a one-two finish, with Graeme Gowland credited with third place ahead of Michael Rutter.
“I’d expected a podium finish and was feeling confident, but I’ll take the win whatever,” said Ellison as he enjoyed his second victory of the campaign while Camier reflected: “I’d made a dreadful start with Richard crashing in front of me but was attacking the riders in front of me and picking up places and was going well.
“I think I would have run out of laps to get into the top three, but for once here, luck was with me in the end – the last two years had been horrendous, so I am happy to take these points,” added Camier.
Heavy rain delayed the start of the second race and when it got underway, Walker again made the running with local rider Cooper aboard the Co-ordit Yamaha pushing him hard. Camier and Ellison were just adrift.
Camier eased through to take the lead on the ninth lap and was running two seconds up on Ellison when the rains intensified and with water standing on the track, race officials red-flagged the action, declaring the result after 15 laps.
Camier took his eleventh victory of the season, but received only half points, to end the day with a 299.5 – 224 points lead over Ellison who finished second ahead of Walker, Laverty, Cooper, Rutter and Harris.
In the chase for the Mirror.co.uk Cup, Gary Mason, the series leader, took the victory in the opening race aboard his Quay Garage Honda, finishing ahead of Tommy Bridewell, Peter Hickman and Tom Tunstall. Cooper took the honours in the second race from Hickman, Gilbertson, Tunstall and Mason.
The MCRCB/MSVR Judicial panel met to examine the incident that stopped the opening BSB race. Brookes was given a two event ban, with a further one event ban suspended for two events. Television footage of the incident was reviewed, statements taken from marshals, Brookes was interviewed and his bike inspected.
“It was concluded that he had been guilty of reckless riding and riding in a manner not compatible with general safety,” explained a statement from the championship’s judicial panel. With no appeal lodge, the penalty was confirmed.
Results – round seven
Race one – 22 laps
James Ellison (Airwaves Yamaha) 21m 01.786s
Leon Camier (Airwaves Yamaha) +4.345s
Graeme Gowland (Motorpoint/Henderson Yamaha) +7.401s
Michael Rutter (SMT Honda) +9.701s
Julien Da Costa (MSS Colchester Kawasaki) +12.870s
Gary Mason (Quay Garage Honda) +13.405s
Steve Brogan (HM Plant Honda) +15.617s
Ian Lowry (Relentless Suzuki by TAS) +17.531s
David Johnson (Team Maxxis Yamaha) +18.568s
Tristan Palmer (Buildbase Kawasaki) +20.443s
Race two – 15 laps
Leon Camier (Airwaves Yamaha) 15m 34.550s
James Ellison (Airwaves Yamaha) +2.032s
Chris Walker (Motorpoint/Henderson Yamaha) +3.738s
John Laverty (Buildbase Kawasaki) +4.385s
Richard Cooper (Team Co-Ordit Yamaha) +5.134s
Michael Rutter (SMT Honda) +6.604s
Karl Harris (Hydrex Honda) +8.580s
Tommy Hill (Worx Crescent Suzuki) +18.674s
Steve Brogan (HM Plant Honda) +27.661s
Julien Da Costa (MSS Colchester Kawasaki) +27.904s
Leon Camier 299.5pts
James Ellison 224
Stuart Easton 173
Glen Richards 103
Josh Brookes 99