The British Superbike Championship descends on Brands Hatch for the second time this season following a brief summer hiatus, one that allowed riders and teams to gather their thoughts - and composure - following a tumultuous time at Mallory Park.

The Leicestershire circuit served up plenty of thrills and spills on race day, most notably Josh Brookes' disastrous faux pas in race one, but also the torrential weather conditions in race two that forced the day to be curtailed early.

Nonetheless, while neither race reached its full quota of laps, those feeling as though they may have missed out are in for a treat at Brands Hatch as this weekend debuts a new 'three-race' format.

Prompted by MotorSport Vision's desire to provide fans of a worthy substitute to its lost World Superbike round, three BSB races, a myriad of high-profile appearances and even a guest WSBK participant, should ensure there is plenty to keep spectators entertained.

What had threatened to be their toughest weekend of the season thus far actually turned out to be Airwaves Yamaha's most prosperous outing at Mallory Park, with Leon Camier and James Ellison sharing a win and a second place apiece.

While their results in race one could be described as fortuitous, it nonetheless moves both even clearer of the chasing pack, not least because barely anyone inside the top ten overall scored points in each race.

Brands Hatch marks the scene of the Yamaha R1's debut earlier in the year, where Camier went on to take a surprise victory on the largely untested machine. Ten wins later and Camier is tipped to become the first rider to wrap up a 'triple', which would subsequently make him the 'winningest' rider in a single season. This is even before you consider there are nine further races remaining...

Camier's cause will undoubtedly be aided by the fact that many of his closest competitors last time at Brands Hatch won't be present. Indeed, beyond Karl Harris and Stuart Easton - who led both races briefly - Sylvain Guintoli and Glen Richards are injured, while Steve Plater (deputising for the absent Brookes at the time) is focusing on his Supersport title hopes.

Many eyes will be on HM Plant Honda over the weekend, who arrive at Brands Hatch with a revised rider line-up brought about by Brookes' two-race suspension and Richards' continued recovery from his broken leg.

It means Steve Brogan has been given another chance on a Superbike after a impressive double top ten finish on his debut at Mallory Park, while the team will also be joined by Karl Muggeridge, the World Superbike veteran and former World Supersport Champion, returning to the British racing scene for the first time in a decade.

Camier can also expect strong competition from Tommy Hill, who starred on his maiden outing aboard the Worx Crescent Suzuki at Mallory Park. The World Superbike exile topped each free practice session and was in the running for victory in the first race before being eliminated in the Brookes-induced pile-up. With more laps under his belt, and data from Guintoli's race winning turn at Brands Hatch back in April, Hill is also one of the favourites to complete his 'unfinished business' this weekend.

'Unfinished business' is a term Harris could use too, the Hydrex Honda rider disappointing during the races at Brands Hatch four months ago having been the dominant performer throughout practice. With Harris' season hitting a trough recently following three retirements in four races, the 'Bomber' will be eager to use his Brands Hatch 'happy hunting ground' as a chance to regain his form.

Easton, meanwhile, endured a double DNF at Mallory Park, one that puts him a lonely third in the standings, 41 points behind Ellison, but 70 up on Richards. Still looking for a maiden BSB win, Easton will be eager to go one better than his current best of second place, now achieved on three occasions.

Kawasaki, meanwhile, will have a bumper representation on the BSB grid this weekend following the announcement that the Paul Bird-run World Superbike team would make a guest appearance.

With regular rider Broc Parkes and Sheridan Morais (a last minute replacement for the injured Makoto Tamada) in tow, the decision to add the BSB event to their schedule was made as a chance to get more testing under their belt.

However, they face stiff competition from full-time Kawasaki BSB participants MSS Colchester, who very nearly pulled off a win at Mallory Park, courtesy of Simon Andrews. Andrews was leading when he was harpooned by Brookes' out of control Honda, denying him an almost certain victory, in his eyes.

Nonetheless, having shrugged off that incident, as well as a recent surgical procedure for a scaphoid injury, Andrews, and team-mate Julien Da Costa, are targeting overall victory, rather than merely beating their world championship counterparts.

Others in search of good performances include Rob Mac Racing, who swell to a full strength line-up of three riders again following the return to Jon Kirkham from injury. The team comes to Brands Hatch on a high following Graeme Gowland and Chris Walker's podium results at Mallory Park, the latter moving close to the top five overall with his third place finish.

Further back, Buildbase Kawasaki and Relentless Suzuki endured very differing fortunes at Mallory Park, the former scoring its best-ever result of fourth with John Laverty, while the latter barely scored at all. Both will be looking to be at their best at Brands Hatch.

Elsewhere, SMT Honda will sadly be missing from the grid this weekend, although the series will gain another team following the announcement that Jentin Racing will be returning with former GP rider Chris Burns aboard its Yamaha R1.

Meanwhile, the Cup standings were given a shake-up at Mallory Park following Richard Cooper's remarkable performance on the Co-ordit Yamaha, the youngster qualifying on the front row, leading a race and finishing in a best of fifth.

Nonetheless, as he continues to focus on the Superstock series, Gary Mason continues to lead by a comfortable margin, the Quay Garage Honda rider now 44.5 points ahead of Peter Hickman.