9 August 2009
Camier completes treble to make BSB history
Leon Camier has completed his third British Superbike race win of the weekend at Brands Hatch, a 14th victory of the year that confirms him as the most coveted rider over a single season.
Camier recovered from a dismal start to catch and pass Broc Parkes with five laps remaining, the champion-elect claiming an unprecedented treble at the inaugural 'triple-header' BSB event.
Furthermore, while the win surpasses Niall Mackenzie's tally of 13, recorded back in 1997, Camier's triumph also represents GSE Racing's 100th victory at BSB level.
He was made to work hard for it though, Camier bogging down at the start and being swamped as the field dived into Paddock Hill Bend. Instead, it was an Australian 1-2, with Parkes taking the lead from Karl Muggeridge, the Honda rider scything up the inside of the front row to move into second.
Camier, on the other hand, found himself eighth as the order filtered out, behind James Ellison in third, Stuart Easton, Tommy Hill, Michael Rutter and Karl Harris.
Camier wasted no time in regaining his composure though, rising to sixth at the end of the second lap before passing both Hill and Easton on lap four to move into fourth position.
Straight onto the back of Ellison as they entered lap five, Camier simply swept around the outside of his team-mate at Paddock Hill Bend, before disposing of Muggeridge at Surtees, to complete his sixth pass in just over two laps around a circuit that is traditionally difficult to overtake on.
Despite his rapid ascension, Camier still had a three second margin to break down on the leader, Parkes having sprinted out into a comfortable lead while Muggeridge backed up the field.
Camier didn't make much headway initially either, the gap remaining largely static as Parkes pushed hard to anticipate the impending threat of the Airwaves Yamaha. Eventually, Camier began to lap more consistently than the Kawasaki, reeling off a series of fast times to catch his rival by lap 15.
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