Camier makes it a lucky 13
9 August 2009
Leon Camier has moved closer to the 2009 MCE British Superbike title after easing to a dominant lights-to-flag victory at Brands Hatch.
Signalling his 13th victory 16 races this season, it was the first time Camier has won a race from start to finish after getting a superb getaway from pole position and resisting the early attentions of Broc Parkes.
Leading an identical podium to that of the opening race, Camier was joined on rostrum by Parkes and Hydrex Honda's Stuart Easton.
Having won the opening race of the weekend from third place at the end of the first lap, Camier had no such problems on this occasion, getting a rare good start from pole position to dive into the lead at Paddock Hill Bend, followed closely by Parkes and Easton, the latter making a lightning getaway from tenth position.
With a clear circuit in front of him, Camier quickly set about establishing a lead over Parkes, but the Australian was a determined shadow, latching onto the back of the Yamaha over the opening laps and not allowing the gap to get beyond half a second.
However, having put significant air between themselves and Easton in third, their hard work was undone by the arrival of the safety car on lap five following an accident for David Johnson, one that necessitated some hasty barrier repairs.
Restarting three laps later, although Easton rallied hard through the initial bends, Camier and Parkes promptly resumed their two-way battle for the lead, the Kawasaki rider very nearly planting a daring move at Hawthorne's after getting a good slipstream down the hill.
It was as close as Parkes would get to overtaking Camier though, his move seemingly prompting a push by the 22-year-old as he reeled off a series of quick lap times to pull away from his rival.
Crossing the line almost five seconds ahead of Parkes, Camier's 13th win of the year means he is now equal with Niall Mackenzie in terms of victories over a single season. Should Camier go on to win the remaining race today, he will surpass Mackenzie and become the first rider to do a BSB treble.
Parkes was second to build on his 'guest' points tally, comfortably up on Easton, who was a lonely third position to further close the gap on provisional runner-up James Ellison in the overall standings.
Off the podium, things proved somewhat closer, with Tommy Hill eventually prevailing to make it four different manufacturers inside the top four positions.
The Suzuki rider ended the opening lap in fifth position, but rallied hard to catch and overtake a fading Karl Harris with four laps remaining, before attempting to launch a late assault on Easton for third. Nonetheless, fourth marks his best race result since returning to the series.
Ellison crossed the line in fifth position on the second Airwaves Yamaha after picking his way through the order following a poor start that left him down in ninth initially.
His exchange with Steve Brogan was particularly entertaining, the Superstock rider doing a mighty job of keeping the two-time BSB race winner behind him for several laps. Ellison would ultimately find a way through when Brogan's attempt to pass Chris Walker ahead forced him to sit-up and lose a place to both the Yamaha rider and HM Plant Honda team-mate Karl Muggeridge.
Having been caught and passed by Ellison in the latter stages, Harris followed in sixth position, with Muggeridge and Brogan crossing the line in tandem in seventh and eighth.
Graeme Gowland upheld Motorpoint/Henderson honours in ninth after Walker, who was heading for the same position, retired two laps from the conclusion of the race with a mechanical problem.
Having crashed out of the opening race, Sheridan Morais rounded out the top ten on the second World Superbike Kawasaki, the South African making steady progress after a dismal start saw him drop from third to 15th by the end of the opening lap.
Julien Da Costa kept the points ticking over in 11th, ahead of Ian Lowry, John Laverty, Cup winner Gary Mason and Atsushi Watanabe.
In the overall standings, Camier is now an unprecedented 104.5 points ahead of Ellison, who remains a relatively comfortable second, 40 points up on Easton.
Harris, meanwhile, is up to fourth at the expense of the injured Glen Richards, while Walker missed the chance to rise to fifth following his retirement. Despite struggling with illness this weekend, Ian Lowry is now equal on points with Walker in seventh.