Graeme Gowland was delighted to provide one of the surprises of the British Superbike Championship qualification session at Brands Hatch after he out paced experienced team-mates Chris Walker and Michael Rutter.
Making his BSB debut this weekend after a period of Supersport racing on the world scene, Gowland had already out-qualified Michael Rutter when he made it to the top ten shootout, but he would go on to beat Motorpoint/Henderson Yamaha team-mate too for eighth on the grid.
Having previously admitted to now knowing what to expect from the opening round of the season, Gowland was thrilled to mark his Superbike qualifying debut with a spot comfortably inside the top ten.
“I have loved every minute of this weekend, the testing has been fun and I am learning all the time but I am desperate to race now,” he mused
“We have been pretty much on our own through winter testing and have been keen to see how manic it all is with the rest of the grid around me. The second row is amazing and I will pinch myself tomorrow when we line up."