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Hill heads Swan 1-2 in FP3

28 August 2011

Tommy Hill continued his fine form ahead of qualifying for the ninth MCE British Superbike Championship round at Cadwell Park by topping third free practice.

The Swan Yamaha rider had been fastest in FP1, the only other dry practice session, and was once again in charge during FP3, maintaining a comfortable two tenth gap back to his team-mate Michael Laverty, who leapt up to second in the closing minutes.

Shane Byrne was third fastest on the HM Plant Honda, ahead of Josh Brookes and Peter Hickman, the Tyco Honda rider putting in a good performance around his home circuit. Continuing his good form from Brands Hatch, Martin Jessopp was a strong sixth on the Rapid Bathams Ducati, while Graeme Gowland led the EVO series in seventh position overall.

Elsewhere, the fight for a top six shootout spot intensified as Ryuichi Kiyonari – who currently holds that crucial sixth place – was only 15th best, while Jon Kirkham and Michael Rutter were ahead in eighth and ninth. Another strong contender for the top six, Gary Mason, was 16th fastest.

While qualifying will decided grid positions for the first of the races on Bank Holiday Monday, the opening race of the weekend will be determined by grid positions from last month's cancelled Oulton Park race.

As such, Hill will start from pole position, with Laverty and Brookes making up the remainder of the smaller than usual front row. Mason, Rutter and Byrne make up row two, while Kiyonari starts back in 15th.


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