Josh Brookes has clinched his second win of the 2017 MCE British Superbike championship in a race prematurely halted by a safety car followed by a red flag.

In a race of high attrition, Brookes stormed into the lead on lap six having followed pole-sitter Shane Byrne and Sylvain Guintoli in the opening stages, while James Ellison sprinted from last on the grid and into the front pack after a gearbox change dropped him to the back of the grid.

At the start of lap 10 with Brookes leading Ellison and Byrne the safety car was deployed after a nasty crash involving Tyco BMW’s Andrew Reid and Ridersmotorcycles BMW’s Martin Jessopp, with Reid requiring medical attention.

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But the race was thrown into confusion behind the safety car when Anvil Hire Yamaha’s Shaun Winfield suffered a huge engine failure which dropped oil on to the Hangar straight which forced a red flag.

11 laps had been completed at the time of the red flag but due to BSB regulations the result was taken back to the classification at the end of the last completed racing lap which was lap eight. The podium trio remained in order while Guintoli was promoted to fourth place for his best result on the Bennetts Suzuki, with Jason O’Halloran fifth for Honda and Bradley Ray sixth on the Buildbase Suzuki.

BSB Showdown challenger Christian Iddon claimed seventh in front of fellow top six contenders Peter Hickman and Jake Dixon – but it was disaster for Luke Mossey down in 12th while Leon Haslam suffered another DNF after crashing on lap two.

The race result see Josh Brookes, Leon Haslam and Peter Hickman confirm their spots in the BSB Showdown leaving the final two places to be decided in race three.

Jason O’Halloran holds fifth place 18 points ahead of Luke Mossey and Jake Dixon in sixth and seventh respectively who are level on 176 points, while Christian Iddon is still in contention four points off of Mossey and Dixon in eighth.

At the start of the race Lee Jackson, Taylor Mackenzie and Dan Linfoot were caught up in a first lap tangle at the Maggotts and Becketts complex, with the Bennetts Suzuki rider requiring medical attention with a suspected broken ankle. On lap two Haslam and Glenn Irwin tipped off in separate incidents at Stowe, while Michael Laverty was forced to run off track to avoid the stricken Haslam.

 

BSB Showdown standings after Silverstone race two:

Shane Byrne – 235 points

Josh Brookes – 212 points

Leon Haslam – 209 points

Peter Hickman – 208 points

Jason O’Halloran – 194 points

Luke Mossey – 176 points

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Jake Dixon – 176 points

Christian Iddon – 172 points