Tyco Suzuki's Josh Brookes sealed a double at Brands Hatch as MCE British Superbike title contenders Alex Lowes and Shane 'Shakey' Byrne both slid out of contention.

Brookes picked off long-time leaders Lee Costello and James Ellison on a stunning final lap in the wet but drying conditions to take a remarkable victory.

The Australian rider overtook Halsall Kawasaki's Costello at the final corner to cement his second victory of the weekend at the Kent circuit, moving back into third place in the series standings ahead of Milwaukee Yamaha rider Ellison.

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In a breath-taking race, Samsung Honda star Lowes slid off at Druids on the very first lap, handing the title initiative to rival Byrne.

However, Byrne - who was lying in ninth position - incredibly lost the rear of his Kawasaki ZX-10R on the sixth of 20 laps and limped away from the scene to blow the outcome wide open once more.

Lowes retained his three-point lead at the top over Byrne with the final race of the championship still to come this afternoon.

The Honda rider will start from ninth position on the third row of the grid, with Byrne further back on row eight in 22nd place.

Three-time BSB champion Byrne made a rapid start but was quickly overhauled by Ellison, James Westmoreland and Costello, who opted for full wets.

Lowes' race was over almost before it started when he went down at Druids after Brookes had nipped underneath the Samsung Honda man.

Ellison began to pull away at the front with Westmoreland and Costello in pursuit as the top three put daylight between themselves and the chasing pack, which included Byrne in eighth.

Haga was a faller at Clearways on lap four as the conditions made life extremely treacherous.

On the fifth lap, series rookie Costello took the lead from Ellison at Clearways and the Yamaha rider ran wide at Druids as he attempted to hit back, allowing Westmoreland to snatch second on the Buildbase BMW.

Tommy Bridewell slid off at Druids, while Byrne had now dropped to ninth behind Dan Linfoot and was coming under pressure from PJ Jacobsen on the Tyco Suzuki.

Then came a pivotal moment in the championship shootout as Byrne's race came to an end at Druids, with the Kawasaki star losing the back wheel at the tight right-hander, gifting Lowes a second crack of the whip in race three.

Costello was riding a solid race in front as he edged away from Ellison and Westmoreland, with Linfoot making up ground to slot into fourth.

However, Brookes was on the charge and in the final quarter of the race the Tyco Suzuki rider's intermediate tyres were giving him an advantage on the drying track.

Over 20 seconds in arrears at one point, Brookes was now visibly hunting down the leaders, whose times were slowing as their tyres began to give up the ghost.

Ellison became the new race leader on the 15th lap with a move at Graham Hill Bend but Costello was up for the fight and pounced when the Milwaukee Yamaha rider ran wide at Druids to re-take the position.

All eyes though were on Brookes, who was lapping up to five seconds faster than anyone else and he quickly dispatched Westmoreland for third before setting his sights on Costello and Ellison.

At the start of the final lap, Brookes was two seconds down but he was cutting the deficit with every corner and once the Suzuki star grabbed second from Ellison at Westfield, the outcome seemed inevitable.

To Costello's credit, he provided stiff resistance and Brookes had to wait until Clark Curve to power through on the inside as he crossed the line in first place to take a sensational victory by 0.196s.

Westmoreland took a safe fourth from Walker on the Quattro Plant Kawasaki, with Jacobsen rounding out the top six.

Linfoot, Kirkham, Smrz and Freddy Foray on the Samsung Honda were the first ten.

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