Karl Harris fought his way to a well-earned second place in last weekend's British Supersport Championship race, subsequently earning himself a shot at the world's best in this weekend's WSBK support at Brands Hatch.

Harris came within a whisker of taking his second victory in a row, as the race was interrupted twice by red flags as marshals cleared accidents from the track. The first restart came after the first lap, but the second red flag at lap six meant a two-part race run using aggregate times. Fortunately, no riders were injured in the incidents.

At the final restart, Harris was lying in second spot, just two-tenths of a second away from the leader and fellow Suzuki GSX-R600 rider Paul Young. The final ten laps saw this pair have a ding-dong battle for the lead, with Harris leading for four of the last five laps and Young pipping him to the chequered flag by just one-tenth of a second.

"Paul's bike was very quick here and he was difficult to pass," Harris said, "I was able to sit behind him comfortably and, when I passed him, I tried as hard as I could to make a break away, but he stayed with me. Last time I was at Oulton I finished third, so second is a step up for me and gives me some good points, I'm happy with that."

Harris' focus now falls on his next race is this coming weekend - and it requires another step up to compete with the best in the world at Brands Hatch. The Briton has altready shown that he can mix it with the World SuperSport regulars, however, running near the front in Donington's round of the series.

Not content to sit back with only Harris in their awning this weekend, however, the GR Motorsport outfit will also be running Kim Ashkenazi of Australia on a factory Kawaski in the World Superbike races, as well as British Champion Kenny Tibble in the European Superstock on a Suzuki.

 

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