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Shane Byrne stands to extend his advantage at the top of the MCE British Superbike Championship standings after qualifying on pole position for his home round at Brands Hatch.
The Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki rider came into qualifying as the hot favourite after topping both free practice sessions and duly established the benchmark with a lap of 1min 25.672secs during SP3.
Fast enough to see him claim his third pole position of the season, Byrne is now well placed to extend his incredible run of results around the GP configuration of his local circuit having won each of the last BSB seven races to be held there.
Byrne said: “I love this circuit and the crowd here and to take pole was a great result for me. I need two good results tomorrow and if I can make that a double and move to 50 wins then that would be fantastic but there are lot of guys out there who will be pushing hard in the races. If we work hard again in warm up tomorrow then fingers crossed we can be up there at the front at the end of the day.”
Key rivals Alex Lowes and Josh Brookes will join the series leader on the front row of the grid, even if the latter will be disappointed to miss out having topped SP1 and SP2, while Ryuichi Kiyonari maintained his recent resurgent form to grab fourth.
A winner around the Brands Hatch Indy circuit earlier in the year, James Ellison gets underway from fifth on the grid, while James Westmoreland's sixth place puts him in an excellent position to assume Buildbase BMW team-mate Jon Kirkham's provisional place in the 'Title Showdown' after the latter suffered technical issues to end up in 18th.
Chris Walker and PJ Jacobsen complete the second row, the latter impressing on his first visit to the Brands Hatch GP circuit having suffered technical issues in the morning, while Dan Linfoot and Michael Rutter complete the top ten.