Brands Hatch Grand Prix: Bridewell slides to pole in mixed conditions as Haslam falls

Tommy Bridewell has taken a dramatic pole in damp conditions as Shane Byrne eases to fifth while BSB title rival Leon Haslam crashes in Q2.
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Tommy Bridewell has taken a dramatic maiden pole position for Bennetts Suzuki in a mixed qualifying session which saw MCE British Superbike title rivals Shane Byrne take fifth and while Leon Haslam crashed in Q2.

In an unpredictable final qualifying session of 2016, Haslam had his session cut short in Q2 with a dramatic fall when his right handlebar broke off during a flying lap.

The title contender had the incredible frame of mind to jump off the JG Speedfit Kawasaki without being able to brake for Hawthorns to avoid injury but his ZX-10R sustained heavy damage in the tumble in the gravel trap. The fall saw him out of qualifying and will line up for race one in 17th.

In a dramatic intermediate session the threatening clouds began to drop spits of rain at the end of the session which curtailed quick times.

However, just before the rain took full effect ePayMe Yamaha's Broc Parkes stormed the times with a 1m 24.769s to set the fastest ever Superbike lap around the Brands Hatch GP circuit to lead proceedings into the pole shootout.

In between the two sessions the rain got heavier soaking the outer loop of the Grand Prix circuit which threw up a dilemma for the top nine to gamble on slicks or opt for an intermediate or wet set-up.

With the mixed up grid Bridewell made the right call on slicks to grab his first pole position for Bennetts Suzuki with a 1m 38.165s and despite Iddon's late effort the Tyco BMW rider could only manage second on the grid.

Luke Mossey completed the front row trio on the Quattro Plant Kawasaki ahead of Honda's Jason O'Halloran while title favourite Shane Byrne eased to fifth with the knowledge his main championship rival was already out of contention.

Richard Cooper grabbed the final place on row two on the Buildbase BMW ahead of James Ellison an despite taking a one-two in Q2 the ePayMe Yamaha pair had to settle for the third row with John Hopkins eighth and Parkes in ninth.
by Haydn Cobb

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Tommy Bridewell, Bennetts Suzuki [Credit:]
Jason O`Halloran, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Luke Mossey, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Peter Hickman, Smiths BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Tommy Bridewell, Team WD-40 Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Bradley Ray, Buildbase Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Sylvain Guintoli, Bennetts Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
James Ellison, McAMS Yamaha [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Dan Linfoot, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Alastair Seeley, Tyco BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Lee Jackson, Smiths Racing BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Haslam, Byrne, Mossey, [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]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]

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