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Shane Byrne has sneaked pole position by the narrowest of margins from Josh Brookes with just 0.001s separating the top two in qualifying at the Brands Hatch GP circuit.

The PBM Kawasaki rider has extended his perfect run - having taken pole position and double race victories in the past two rounds - but was made to sweat for P1 at his home circuit as Brookes just missed out with his final flying lap.

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Brookes had initially taken top spot with a 1m 25.382s, breaking his previous lap record around the 2.43-mile GP circuit, but his joy was short lived as Byrne eclipsed the Australian by going five-hundredths faster with a 1m 25.331s.

The four-time BSB champion got in a muddle midway through his final flying lap forcing him to back off which opened the door for Brookes to regain provisional pole with the chequered flag looming. Frustratingly for the Milwaukee Yamaha rider his lap missed out by one-thousandth of a second to hand Byrne pole position for race one.

Tyco BMW's Michael Laverty, who acted as stand in at the factory Aprilia team in MotoGP last weekend, converted his promising practice form into his first front row start since returning to BSB during the winter.

Arguably the most impressive performance of qualifying came from Anvil Hire TAG Kawasaki's Richard Cooper who will start race one from the front of the second row ahead of PBM Kawasaki's Stuart Easton and JG Speedfit Kawasaki's James Ellison.

Broc Parkes notched up his best qualifying performance of the season by taking seventh just in front of Ryuichi Kiyonari and John Hopkins, who is acting as stand in for the injured Jakub Smrz for Lloyds British Moto Rapido Ducati.

Quattro Plant Kawaskai's Luke Mossey completed the pole position shootout in tenth place after Tyco BMW's Tommy Bridewell and Honda Racing's O'Halloran were bumped out in Q2.

At the start of the qualifying fastest rider on the combined free practice timesheet Byrne grabbed top spot honours in the first knockout round, while Team WD-40's Taylor Mackenzie suffered an off at Druids to prematurely end his qualifying.

With just over half a second separating top ten spots the fight to progress into the pole shootout became increasingly tight, with two high-profile riders dropping out in Q2. Tyco BMW's Bridewell and Honda's O'Halloran were dropped down the order and will line up 11th and 12th on the race one grid respectively.

In the shootout Brookes instantly broke his previous lap record around the Brands Hatch GP circuit with a 1m 25.382s but his provisional pole was almost instantly wiped out by Byrne's pole lap.

Despite Brookes' best efforts he couldn't beat the PBM Kawasaki rider who grabbed his third consecutive pole position.