Jonathan Rea has scored his second consecutive World Supersport victory at Brands Hatch, although the race was marred by a despicable accident for Craig Jones.
A somewhat unusual race that was stopped midway when rain returned to wreak havoc on proceedings, Rea was leading Jones with only seven laps remaining when the Parkalgar Honda got out of shape coming onto the home straight.
Sending him into a violent high-side, Jones was left motionless in the middle of the circuit as the field luckily streamed past.
Attended on the circuit by the swift paramedic team, Jones was initially unconscious but is thought to have been conscious when he was taken away to hospital. Crash.net
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Ironically, Jones will still be classified as second, ensuring a British 1-2 in front of their home fans. Sadly, the outcome of the race means there was no podium to celebrate.
Up to that point, Rea and Jones had embarked on a thrilling battle once the race was restarted, the pair swapping positions constantly when Rea eventually pulled ahead at the crucial moment.
Before the restart, Jones and Rea had been battling away behind Robbin Harms, who had pulled himself into the lead. Seemingly enjoying the increasingly damp conditions, the Danish rider pulled in front as his rivals behind gestured frantically to have the race stopped.
It wasn't until Harms slid off in worsening conditions at Graham Hill Bend though that the race was stopped. Interestingly though, despite the weather seemingly being the primary reason for the stopped race, Harms was not allowed to make the restart having been deemed to have prompted the red flags himself.
Instead, Rea started on pole, with Jones and Andrew Pitt – up from ninth on the grid – starting third. It was positions they would hold onto until its curtailed conclusion eight laps later.
With the results decided on an aggregate format, Broc Parkes was classified fourth on the Yamaha, with Barry Veneman the best of the Suzukis in sixth. Italian duo Gianluca Nannelli and Massimo Roccoli were seventh and eighth, while wild-card rider Rob Frost produced a marvellous performance to finish ninth having started 30th on the grid. He had been running in seventh, but was classified lower on aggregate.
Fellow wild-card rider Hudson Kennaugh was tenth with Steve Plater 11th and Graeme Gowland 15th. Karl Harris, meanwhile, was running a strong fifth when he took a tumble at Graham Hill Bend.