Another solid weekends racing at Brands Hatch for Red Piranha Racing saw Simon Andrews take provisional pole and reclaim third position in the British Supersport Championship with a fighting fifth place.

The Saturday morning qualifying saw Andrews snatch provisional pole in the dying seconds of the session by five thousands of a second. The competition at the top of the timesheets was evident with the top four riders separated by less than a tenth of a second.

With warmer conditions in the afternoon it was not expected that the first session times would be bettered but with less than a minute to go Thomas took pole position and in doing so was the only rider in the 1:29's to better his time.

Team manager Pete Jennings had this to say about Saturday qualifying: "There's no better advertisement for how good the racing is in Supersport this season than today's qualifying. For the top riders to be separated by a tenth is exceptional."

Sunday's race saw Andrews get bogged down at the start and slip to fifth after the first lap. With the lead pack making a break Simon had a fairly lonely battle for fifth with Sykes and then chased down Haslam in fourth.

"I got a little bogged down at the start and found myself in a battle for fifth," noted Andrews, "Once I had that sorted I set about catching Leon but ran out of laps. After a tough round at Knockhill it's good to come back and finish fifth and move back up to third in the championship."

Jennings commented, "It was a good result for Simon on the back of our World Supersport start at Silverstone. We made a major step forward with the R6 last weekend and this was demonstrated in his qualifying on Saturday. There's still more to come from the Yamaha which bodes well going into the second half of the season."

 

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