Seeley 'rains' victorious at Brands Hatch

Seeley benefits from the restarted and shortened race to beat Rutter and Kiyonari.
Alastair Seeley has taken his first MCE British Superbike race victory after prevailing in an exciting ten lap sprint in treacherous conditions at Brands Hatch.

The Ulsterman was in masterful form on the second restart, prompted when rain eight laps into the first start forced a red flag and a shortened race, to hold off the unfortunate Michael Rutter and Ryuichi Kiyonari.

Rutter had looked on course for a second win of the season from pole position after stretching out a good advantage over Josh Brookes and Kiyonari, but a rain deluge at the mid-way stage left officials no choice but to stop proceedings and call a wet race.

With the race shortened to ten laps and the grid decided by positions at the end of lap eight, the field tiptoed around the first corner at the quick restart, with Rutter leading into Paddock Hill Bend, ahead of Kiyonari.

However, it was Seeley who displayed the most confident over the opening bends to scythe his way up from sixth, taking the lead from Rutter at Graham Hill Bend and proceeding to pull away.

Although Rutter and Kiyonari gave chase as they settled into the conditions, they ran out of time to close down Seeley, whose maiden BSB win remains only the second-ever for the Relentless by TAS Suzuki team. His success also moves him up into the top six overall.

Despite being quickest in dry conditions, Rutter had to settle for second place, with Kiyonari rounding out the podium, Josh Brookes in fourth and Tom Sykes in a quiet fifth place, the World Superbike regular unable to maintain pace with the leaders after initially suggesting he'd be a threat for the win.

Having started ahead of team-mate Seeley, Michael Laverty recovered from a poor getaway to finish in sixth, ahead of James Ellison, Yukio Kagayama, John Laverty and Ian Lowry.

There was disappointment for Tommy Hill, however, who was forced to begin the restart from the back of the grid after failing to get out on track in time. He could only recover to 15th place, losing the lead of the standings to Brookes in the process.

Stuart Easton did his chances of qualifying for the title showdown few favours with fall, although it was only he and Simon Andrews to falter in the poor conditions, both tumbling at Paddock Hill Bend.

In the Evo category, Steve Brogan and Gary Johnson were in contention for a top ten finish overall before tangling at Graham Hill Bend, Brogan crashing his BMW. Johnson recovered to third in class, but it was Chris Burns who would win on the Splitlath Aprilia.

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Alastair  Seeley - Relentless by TAS Suzuki [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
Alastair Seeley, Tyco BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
John Hopkins, British Moto Rapido [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
John Hopkins, British Moto Rapido [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
John Hopkins, British Moto Rapido [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
John Hopkins, British Moto Rapido [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
John Hopkins, British Moto Rapido [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Alastair Seeley, Tyco BMW [Credit: TAS Racing]
John Hopkins, British Moto Rapido [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Michael Laverty, McAMS Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Glenn Irwin, Be Wiser Ducati [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Tommy Bridewell, Team WD-40 Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Jakub Smrz, Lloyd & Jones/PR Racing BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Jakub Smrz, Lloyd & Jones/PR Racing BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Peter Hickman, Smiths BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Bradley Ray, Buildbase Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
John Hopkins, British Moto Rapido [Credit: Ian Hopgood]

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August 07, 2010 7:11 PM

Yeah..Rutter was a bit unlucky and I thought he was going to catch the wee fella towards the end but Alastair just upped his pace. I thought he'd lost his mojo.. after his success on the roads earlier in the season his performances seemed flat and his teamate looked stronger, but I'm glad he seems to have put it behind him. It would be a great result for the Relentless team if both riders could get into the top six shoot out, they seem 200% committed to bike racing, whether it be on the roads or the short circuits. Good luck for tomorrow.

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August 07, 2010 5:35 PM

Godda feel sorry for Rutter.. But rules is rules.. Brilliant ride from the wee man..Take nothing away from him..Top drawer performance.. So to all you guys who ridiculed me before the season started.. This guy is for real..Always has been for real.. It's a fookin disgrace he's had to wait so long to get a chance.. 6 year overnight sensation fookin 4rse.. Give BRITISH talent a chance..

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