Ian Lowry snatches maiden BSB victory

Ian Lowry claims his first-ever British Superbike victory at Thruxton after succeeding in a race-long tussle with Tommy Hill, while Josh Brookes completes the podium.
Ian Lowry has taken a sensational maiden MCE British Superbike Championship victory at Thruxton after turning his late move on long-time leader Tommy Hill into a winning pass.

A remarkable result for the Ulsterman, who has struggled for strong results since his breakthrough debut season in 2009, Lowry spent much of the race following Hill, the reigning champion having turned his pole position into a relatively comfortable lead.

However, while Hill was able to pull a large margin over the battle for third position, he couldn't shake the attentions of Lowry, the Padgetts Honda rider maintaining a watching brief in readiness for what was a surprise attack on lap seventeen.

Indeed, having limited his previous efforts to feigned looks around the high-speed Church right-hander, Lowry caught Hill off guard as they rounded Cobb, diving up the inside of the Yamaha to move into the lead for the first time.

Immediately breaking the tow to Hill, Lowry forged ahead over the remaining three laps to cross the line almost three seconds up on his rival.

A superb result for Lowry, whose previous best finish coming into the race was a run to fourth at Oulton Park in 2009, the win also marks a return to the top for Clive Padgett's eponymous team.

Blaming the tyres for his drop in pace over the final laps, Hill was nonetheless satisfied to get points and podium credits on the board following his failure to score at Brands Hatch.

While the top two dominated by a considerable margin, the fight for the third and final podium position raged throughout the race as several riders came and went during the battle.

Michael Rutter had held down third initially before mechanical problems sidelined his MSS Bathams Kawasaki, promoting Michael Laverty into the position for several laps, the Samsung Honda rider having battled his way up from 13th on the grid.

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Ian Lowry - Jamie Morris
Ian Lowry Padgetts Racing - [picture credit: Ian Hopgood]
Ian Lowry Padgetts Racing - [picture credit: Ian Hopgood]
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]

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cruachan - Unregistered

April 15, 2012 3:06 PM

Great ride by Lowry and nice to see the genuine warmth of the other team managers congratulating Clive Padgett. Give Lowry a Leathers Deal Now! Hats off as well to Stuart Easton, 21st to 5th and might have been a podium, think his tyres were going off when Brookes went past.

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