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Brands Hatch Grand Prix: Haslam leads rivals into qualifying

Leon Haslam has jumped to the top of the order heading into qualifying for the final round of the MCE British Superbike championship at Brands Hatch.
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Leon Haslam has jumped to the top of the order heading into qualifying for the final round of the MCE British Superbike championship at Brands Hatch.

The title contender struggled with a few technical issues on his JG Speedfit Kawasaki during Friday free practice which left him fifth fastest but quickly made up for lost time charging out early in the cold conditions for FP3.

Haslam held station at the top of the times for the majority of the session to end it with a best lap of 1m 25.509s to put him narrowly ahead of Shane Byrne's top time from Friday.

Conversely, Byrne didn't leave his pit box until the halfway stage in the session but did enough to rise to sixth overall in FP3 with a 1m 25.970s – almost half a second slower than his FP2 top time.

Tyco BMW's Christian Iddon grabbed second in the session just a tenth off of Haslam, while Honda's Jason O'Halloran found considerable gains in FP3 after struggling on Friday in the cold conditions to take third place ahead of Bennetts Suzuki's Tommy Bridewell.

Buildbase BMW's Richard Cooper continued to challenge with fifth ahead of Showdown contenders Byrne and James Ellison while FS-3 Racing Kawasaki's Billy McConnell impressed in eighth place.

Luke Mossey made up for lost time on the Quattro Plant Kawasaki having set just four timed laps in FP2 before a crash to finish the session ninth as Dan Linfoot completed the top ten.
by Haydn Cobb



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Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
Alastair Seeley, Tyco BMW [Credit: TAS Racing]
John Hopkins, British Moto Rapido [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Michael Laverty, McAMS Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Glenn Irwin, Be Wiser Ducati [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Tommy Bridewell, Team WD-40 Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Jakub Smrz, Lloyd & Jones/PR Racing BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Jakub Smrz, Lloyd & Jones/PR Racing BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Peter Hickman, Smiths BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Bradley Ray, Buildbase Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
John Hopkins, British Moto Rapido [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Luke Mossey, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Michael Laverty, McAMS Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Michael Laverty, McAMS Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
James Westmoreland, Gearlink Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Billy McConnell, Quattro Plant Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Luke Mossey, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]

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