John McGuinness won yesterday's tenth round British Supersport race at Brands Hatch, repeating his victory at the Kent circuit in round five last June.

The Castrol Honda rider crossed the line 2.6 seconds ahead of Suzuki-mounted Karl Harris and Matt Llewellyn, on a Yamaha, who was third. McGuinness's team-mate, Kirk McCarthy, finished seventh after 26 laps of the 1.22-mile Indy circuit at Brands.

McGuinness's second championship win in his first full season on the Castrol Honda CBR600F Sport maintains his fourth place in the points series, just ten points behind new leader, Harris.

"I'm happy with the full set from this weekend," said McGuinness, 27, afterwards. "Pole position, a new lap record and a race win will do me fine. Once I'd got past Matt, I just put my head down and saw the gap growing. It's going to be an interesting last few rounds with only ten points separating the top four."

Australian McCarthy was disappointed not to have eradicated handling problems that affected his performance. "It goes like that sometimes," said the 31-year-old, "but the championship's still wide open."

Castrol Honda team manager, Roger Harvey, praised McGuinness's performance, saying: "I'm delighted for him and the team, whose hard work has made the new Honda CBR so competitive in its first year. Kirk will put this weekend behind him and renew the battle at Mallory in two weeks time."

Race Results:

1. John McGuinness - Honda
2. Karl Harris - Suzuki
3. Matt Llewellyn - Yamaha
4. Paul Young - Suzuki
5. Luke Quigley - Suzuki
6. Kirk McCarthy - Honda
7. Scott Smart - Suzuki
8. Gary Mason - Honda
9. Kim Ashkenazi - Kawasaki
10. Adam Redding - Kawasaki
Championship standings:

1. Karl Harris - 160
2. Kirk McCarthy - 157
3. Matt Llewellyn - 151
4. John McGuinness - 150
5. Paul Young - 112
6. Scott Smart - 70
7. Rob Frost - 64
8. Glen Richards - 55
9. Gary Mason - 54
10. Luke Quigley - 47

 

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