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Camier doubles up at Knockhill
5 July 2009
Leon Camier produced another strong performance to take his second win of the day this afternoon at Knockhill and further cement his position as the runaway leader in the 2009 ViSK.com British Superbike Championship.
Camier had been on form throughout the weekend - and while he briefly dropped behind Stuart Easton at the start of the second race, he soon passed the Hydrex Honda man and set about hauling in pole sitter, Josh Brookes.
Camier eventually took the lead at the end of lap 7, and while he slipped back almost straight away, he soon grabbed P1 for good on lap 8 and then slowly pulled away.
Indeed the Airwaves Yamaha man eventually finished almost 5 seconds in front and unsurprisingly he was happy with the result, especially as GSE Racing had never took 'gold' at the Scottish circuit until today.
"I need to send massive thanks to the whole of the Airwaves Yamaha team," Camier told the official BSB website, "as they had never won at Knockhill before this weekend so to do the double is even more special for everyone.
"It was difficult to concentrate at certain points but it is a great result for the whole team and I don't intend on slowing down any time soon."
Camier now has 267 points on the board, while his team-mate, James Ellison is his closest rival, albeit only on 189 - 78 adrift.
Meanwhile, having lost the lead on lap 8, Brookes went on to easily take the runners-up spot for HM Plant Honda.
James Ellison nabbed the final spot on the podium, having fought his way passed Michael Rutter early on and then overhauling Stuart Easton, when the Hydrex Honda star made a mistake passing a backmarker with around one third of the race still to go.
Chris Walker rounded out the top five, while his team-mate, Graeme Gowland was seventh, making Simon Andrews, who finished sixth for Colchester Kawasaki, 'the meat in the Motorpoint/Henderson Yamaha sandwich'.
Further down the pack, Julien Da Costa came in eighth, followed by Tom Bridewell and Gary Mason. Bridewell passed Mason at Leslie's late on to ensure he once again ended up P9 and more importantly came out top in the Mirror.co.uk Cup category.
In total 19 riders were classified at the finish of the 30 laps and there were four retirements - namely John Laverty, who crashed out on lap 4, while technical problems stopped Ian Lowry (lap 8) and Karl Harris (lap 20).
Michael Rutter also failed to finish for Worx Crescent Suzuki. He had been running fifth, until he went off at the Real Radio Hairpin on lap 21. He then sat on the sidelines and watched the remainder of the race.
The 2009 ViSK.com British Superbike Championship now continues in two weeks time when the competitors head to Mallory Park.
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