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Leon Haslam has pinched victory from JG Speedfit Kawasaki team-mate James Ellison by just 0.057s in a frantic dash to the line at Brands Hatch Indy.

The former World Superbike rider produced an incredible last-lap to jump from third to first for his second win of the year and draw level on points with Christian Iddon at the top of the MCE British Superbike championship standings.

After passing Tommy Bridewell at the start of the last lap at Paddock Hill bend Haslam nailed in a flawless final lap to line-up Ellison on the exit of Clark Curve and in the blast to the line had stronger drive to win by a single bike length.

Bridewell held on to third for his first rostrum with Bennetts Suzuki ahead of Richard Cooper and pole-sitter Luke Mossey.

Michael Laverty had a relatively low-key race for Tyco BMW in sixth ahead of the third JG Speedfit Kawaski rider Peter Hickman. Honda's Jason O'Halloran claimed eighth ahead of Shane Byrne who struggled to recover from a terrible opening lap, which saw him drop from third to 15th, to eventually take ninth ahead of Dan Linfoot.

Joint-leader Christian Iddon had a underwhelming race in 11th ahead of John Hopkins on the ePayMe Yamaha as Glenn Irwin, Stuart Easton and Lee Jackson completed the points-paying positions.

Having won both races around the Indy configuration of the Brands Hatch track last year, Ellison grabbed a perfect start to take the lead from Mossey into Paddock Hill bend as Byrne got an awful start to drop to 15th by the end of the first lap.

The Be Wiser Ducati rider's drop through the pack saw Cooper and Bridewell battle for third as Mossey regained his composure to reel in Ellison, retaking the lead on lap eight at Druids.

The pack were then bunched up by the safety car period of on lap 11 when Jenny Tinmouth, James Risopli and Vittorio Iannuzzo where involved in a collision at Druids. After two laps behind the safety car Mossey produced the ideal getaway at the restart to hold off Ellison.

After sizing the Quattro Plant Kawasaki rider up for a couple of laps Ellison made his move into Paddock Hill bend on lap 17, before Bridewell sensed his opportunity at the same corner a lap late to rise to second.

The race fell away from Mossey during the final third as he was also passed by Cooper and Haslam, while Ellison narrowly pulled a gap out front.

However, Haslam on the harder front tyre compound made his late race charge pay off by passing both Bridewell and Ellison on the final lap to take a dramatic victory.

 

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