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Double win gives Hill ‘Showdown’ advantage
30 August 2011
Tommy Hill will take a slim advantage into the 2011 MCE British Superbike Championship title showdown as he firmed his status as title favourite with wins six and seven of the season at Cadwell Park.
Hill has shown an impressive fight-back over the course of a season having lost ground as a result of an injury sustained during the second round at Oulton Park, the Swan Yamaha rider having now finished no lower than second in nine of the last ten races.
It is form Hill continued to show at Cadwell Park as he bounced back from trailing team-mate Michael Laverty in the shortened first race of the weekend to win the next two races convincingly.
Notching up an additional eight podium credits, it means Hill heads into the three-round shootout with a seven point advantage over Shane Byrne - despite being 20 points adrift in terms of the now irrelevant overall points' standings.
Delighted with his performance at Cadwell Park, one that saw Swan Yamaha win all three races, Hill is particularly pleased to be heading up the order heading into the showdown for the second season in succession.
"It is another fantastic result for Swan Yamaha and I knew it would be a long race so to win that one was great and I am really chuffed. I just rode my own race and it is crucial to get every lap inch perfect here but the boys kept the pressure on me throughout. It was a great job by the Swan Yamaha team after finishing second [in the first race] so we wanted to repeat that in the last race.
“In the final race I knew I had to try and make a move on Michael because I had unfinished business from yesterday's red flagged race, so I made a move because until then I hadn't quite had the power to get ahead of him in the slipstream.
“I also did my fastest lap of the race with just two laps remaining so I was even happier with that! My thanks have to go to the team as this has been a great weekend and now we have the lead going into the Showdown.”
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