Michael Rutter shattered the Donington Park lap record powering his Renegade Ducati onto pole for the third round of the MSN British Superbike Championship.

He charged around the 1.957mile Leicestershire circuit in a time of 1min 08.668secs, with an average speed of 102.63mph, to head off the late challenge of series leader Steve Hislop.

The Kirkby Mallory based rider had been well on the pace in the damp and proved the man for all conditions as he piled on the pressure as the track finally dried in the Superpole session. Hislop was intent on taking a third consecutive pole to stay on course for the ?20,000 cash jackpot offered to the first rider to record five straight pole starts, but came up short.

The Scot put in two fast, hard charging, laps in the closing minutes, but could only close his MonsterMob Ducati within 0.116secs of Rutter. Pole position eluded the winner of both races last time out, but he secured second place on a front row which is completed by Rutter's team-mate Shane Byrne and IFC Ducati's Paul Brown.

Fellow IFC rider Sean Emmett trails Hislop by 21 points in the championship rankings, and will start from the second row, just ahead of his former team-mate, defending champion John Reynolds riding the Rizla Suzuki GSX R-1000.

Jon Kirkham, the 17 year old rider from nearby Derby, the youngest ever rider to appear in the series, recorded 17th fastest time aboard the Grafters Suzuki, and will start the two 25-lap races from the fifth row of the grid.



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