Brands Hatch Indy: Ellison takes narrow advantage into qualifying

James Ellison has topped the final free practice session by just 0.081s from Michael Laverty at the Brands Hatch Indy.
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James Ellison has topped the final free practice session by just 0.081s from Michael Laverty at the Brands Hatch Indy ahead of an expected tight qualifying.

The JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider, who claimed pole position and two race wins around the Indy configuration of the Brands Hatch track last year, demonstrated his pace on the fresh tyre to set the fastest lap of the weekend – less than three-tenths off the lap record.

Laverty on the Tyco BMW pushed Ellison incredibly close but was forced to settle for second again after taking the same position yesterday.

Tommy Bridewell, the sole Bennetts Suzuki rider after team-mate Ryuichi Kiyonari broke his left collarbone during free practice two, claimed an impressive third ahead of Friday's quickest rider Shane Byrne with his Be Wiser Ducati team-mate Glenn Irwin completing the top five.

Luke Mossey had been challenging for top spot before being bumped down to sixth late on but stayed in front of BSB championship leader Christian Iddon, while Richard Cooper maintained his top ten spot for Buildbase BMW.

Honda's Jason O'Halloran claimed ninth on the timesheet with Leon Haslam rounding out the top ten after suffering a small off on his final flyer at Clearways.

With dark clouds threatening overhead the BSB grid all make the most of the early track time with Bridewell leading proceedings being the first to break into the 45s bracket, with Friday's timesheet topper Byrne in close company.

As riders made adjustments working on race set-up a trickle of riders followed Bridewell into the 45s bracket with Cooper leading proceedings at the midpoint with a 45.701s ahead of Mossey, Haslam and Iddon.

Heading into the final 10 minutes of the session riders pitted for fresh tyres with one eye on qualifying with Ellison producing the same pace which saw him dominate at the circuit 12 months ago.

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James Ellison, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit:]
Tommy Bridewell, Team WD-40 Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Sylvain Guintoli, Bennetts Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Jason O`Halloran, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
James Ellison, McAMS Yamaha [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
John Hopkins, Jason O`Halloran, BSB [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Glenn Irwin, Be Wiser Ducati [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Dan Linfoot, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
British Superbikes, class of 2017 photo, riders [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Christian Iddon, Tyco BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Richard Cooper, Bennetts Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Peter Hickman, Smiths BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Michael Laverty, McAMS Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]

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