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Hill eases to Oulton Park win

8 July 2012

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Tommy Hill has taken a second MCE British Superbike Championship win of the weekend at Oulton Park after yet another faultless lights-to-flag performance.

The Swan Yamaha rider has been in imperious form throughout the Oulton Park weekend and having won the first race of the triple-header weekend by a substantial margin, he made it look relatively easy once again during race two.

Starting from second position behind pole sitter Alex Lowes, Hill dived into the lead at the opening turn, followed up by team-mate Noriyuki Haga and Josh Brookes, while the slow-starting Lowes was shuffled down to eighth.

Indeed, the start would prove the most crucial moment of the race as Hill built on his advantage steadily over 18 laps to finish more than three seconds ahead of Tyco Suzuki's Brookes, the Australian emerging a fairly lonely second having dispatched of Haga on lap four.

Completing an identical podium to that of race one, Shane Byrne produced a late charge to pass both Michael Laverty and Haga with just two laps remaining to add a crucial podium credit to his tally, while Laverty and Haga followed closely in fourth and fifth respectively.

Having crashed out of the first race, Ian Lowry made some amends to finish in sixth position, but Haga's better result means the pair are now tied for the crucial sixth place in the overall standings.

Ahead of them, Supersonic BMW's Tommy Bridewell consolidated his new peak of fifth overall with a battling ride to seventh, ahead of Alastair Seeley and Lowes, who never really recovered from his poor getaway.

His WFR Honda team-mates Graeme Gowland and James Westmoreland followed in 10th and 11th, while Chris Walker, Peter Hickman, Patric Muff and Scott Smart rounded out the points' paying positions.

Elsewhere, Jon Kirkham's contentious relationship with Oulton Park continued as he crashed heavily at Shell, while Luca Scassa was another to take a nasty tumble when he fell at Island on the opening lap.

The third and final race of the weekend will see Brookes on pole position, ahead of Hill, Laverty and Haga, while Byrne, Lowry, Seeley and Lowes make up the second row.


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