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Camier cruises to sixth victory
31 May 2009
Leon Camier continued his relentless charge towards the 2009 ViSK.com British Superbike Championship title by doubling up at Thruxton for victory number six.
An even more formidable performance than in race one, Camier assumed the lead at the end of the opening lap to romp away to victory by a clear three seconds from team-mate James Ellison.
Managing an average speed of 111mph over the course of the race, Camier produced a better start on this occasion but was still beaten in Allard by Ellison. Nonetheless, he'd simply slipstream past again on the run up to Club, Camier leaning his fellow Yamaha rider out wide to put an immediate buffer between the two.
From here, Camier would be untroubled to the flag as attention instead turned to those disputing the bottom step of the podium.
In the early stages it was Simon Andrews who held the position, the Kawasaki rider getting a mighty start from tenth to harass Ellison for several of the early laps.
However, it became clear he didn't quite have the pace to match the Donington Park race winner and he was soon swallowed up by Stuart Easton on lap nine.
Andrews would slip a further two places to sixth on lap ten when he was out-dragged by a charging Josh Brookes and Michael Rutter. Indeed, Brookes was putting in a particularly good performance on the HM Plant Honda having already hauled himself past team-mate Glen Richards for the first time this season on lap six.
The former World Supersport rider's charge didn't end there, quickly catching Easton in the battle for third and muscling his way through on lap 12 to move onto the provisional podium.
Spurred on by a late race fade for second place Ellison, Brookes was on the tail of the Yamaha by the final lap, but despite a determined attempt to overtake him using some 'original' race lines, he would have to settle for what remains a strong third place.
Easton kept a watching brief in fourth to consolidate his third position in the standings, while Rutter ended a successful first outing on the Worx Crescent Suzuki in fifth, the ex-Rob Mac Yamaha rider no doubt very well placed to assume Sylvain Guintoli's place in the team until his return.
Andrews held on for sixth for both his and the MSS Colchester Kawasaki's best weekend this season, while Richards and Ian Lowry got the better of Karl Harris in the closing stages, the Hydrex rider having endured an off whilst attempting to pass Andrews.
Julien Da Costa completed his second top ten of the day, ahead of John Laverty, Gary Mason – again let down by his start – Graeme Gowland, Martin Jessopp and Peter Hickman.
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