Lowry shrugs off injuries at Brands

Despite needing crutches to get around on foot, Ian Lowry gave a glimpse of what he can do on a Superbike at Brands Hatch after claiming a top three finish during free practice.

Lowry suffered a series of injuries during free practice yesterday when he hit a stricken Tom Tunstall at Paddock Hill Bend, the Relentless Suzuki rider spraining his ankle and damaging ligaments in his knee.

However, despite his bike requiring a substantial rebuild through the night, the Northern Irishman was on fine form during the first free practice session of the day on the way to the third fastest time.

Indeed, while Lowry describes himself as 'battered and bruised', he claims to be otherwise 'fine'.

“I was setting up Tom Tunstall for a pass up to Druids, but his ignition cut at the bottom of Paddock Hill Bend and I hit the back of him, third gear, flat out,” he revealed to

“I'm not feeling too bad. I have a sprained ankle, I've hurt the bones in my other foot and I have got ligament damage in my knee… but other than that I'm fine!"

While he admits the accident has caused him to revise his targets for the weekend, Lowry says he is under no pressure from the team.

“I went well this morning, so while I'm a bit battered and bruised, we are still chipping away and making things better.

“I am looking forward to race day. This is my first year of Superbikes, so the team have no pressure on me and no expectations. If I finish top twelve here, with the state that I'm in, I'll be pleased.”

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Ian Lowry (pic: Jason Pooley)
Ian Lowry - Relentless by TAS Suzuki [pic credit: Clive Challinor]
Ian Lowry - Relentless by TAS Suzuki [pic credit: Clive Challinor]
Andy Reid, Tyco BMW, [Credit: TAS Racing]
Jake Dixon, RAF Reserves Kawasaki [Credit: MSV BSB Media]
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Luke Mossey, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Peter Hickman, Smiths BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Tommy Bridewell, Team WD-40 Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Bradley Ray, Buildbase Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Sylvain Guintoli, Bennetts Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
James Ellison, McAMS Yamaha [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Dan Linfoot, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Alastair Seeley, Tyco BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Lee Jackson, Smiths Racing BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Haslam, Byrne, Mossey, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]

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