Dominant end to season for champion Camier

Leon Camier brought his record-breaking British Superbike Championship season to a close in fine fashion with a dominant 19th victory of the year at Oulton Park.

Having been made to work hard during the first two races, an aggressive opening lap would see Camier take a lead he wouldn't lose all the way to the chequered flag.

The story could have been somewhat different for Camier, who rounded the opening bend in fourth position during the first start, behind Stuart Easton and Tommy Hill, only for the race to be red flagged almost straight away following a nasty accident at Cascades.

Involving Simon Andrews and Alastair Seeley, Andrews' impact was particularly vicious after he was sent catapulting over his Kawasaki due to contact through the sweeping left-hander. Treated by medics at the scene, the delay to proceedings would see the race reduced to a 12 lap sprint.

At the second start, it was Hill who got the better of Easton this time, Camier following in third around Old Hall before picking off Easton for second by Cascades.

Having been embroiled in tense fights in races one and two, Camier wasted no time in dispatching of Hill, getting a run on him out of Druids to complete his move into the lead by Lodge.

From here, Camier immediately put the hammer down, pulling out an advantage over Hill, who was now having to contend with the attentions of Easton for third. Further back, James Ellison was struggling on the second Yamaha, dropping behind Josh Brookes in fourth and fifth as the pair quickly fell away from the podium battle.

Having been a model of consistency all season, with not a single crash to speak of, Easton's perfect record would be ruined on lap five when, as he pressured Hill, he clipped a kerb at Brittens and was sent down. Unable to get going again, the retirement brings Easton's outstanding season on the Hydrex Honda to a disappointing close.

Ellison was about to fall by the wayside too after seemingly encountering a problem with his Airwaves Yamaha, the three-time race winner slipping back rapidly but refusing to retire from the race as he sought to protect a 100 per cent points record.

by Ollie Barstow

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Leon Camier - Airwaves Yamaha [pic credit: Clive Challinor]
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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Hedgeholer - Unregistered

October 11, 2009 8:00 PM

Its been emotional :p The season's start wasn't all the great after Guintoli was sidelined but the last few meetings really perked things up. Well done Leon and good luck in WSB. But he ain't the only star.

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