|20-year-old Bradley Ray leads the Bennetts British Superbike Championship pack to his home round of Brands Hatch this weekend (April 13/14/15) as the UK’s biggest motorsport series arrives in Kent for the first time this season.
An intense opening round of the season saw Ray take command in changeable conditions but a further four riders representing four different teams and manufacturers celebrated podium finishes and now the battle resumes this weekend on the Brands Hatch Indy circuit.
Buildbase Suzuki’s Ray from nearby Ashford claimed his first race win in the series at the opening round of the season at Easter, which he followed up with a second victory to head the standings from defending champion and six-time title-winner Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne.
Byrne is a firm favourite with the Kent crowd and he will be gunning for glory for the Be Wiser Ducati team after he celebrated a single podium finish last time out at Donington Park to hold second place in the overall standings.
Honda Racing had a strong start to their 2018 campaign too and Dan Linfoot is just two points adrift of Byrne ahead of the next two races of the season on the hectic 1.2-mile Indy circuit.
Leon Haslam returns to Brands Hatch for the first time since his crushing 2017 title defeat on the Grand Prix circuit, but the JG Speedfit Kawasaki celebrated podium success on the Indy configuration last year and will be determined to add to his second place from last time out.
Eight points separate him from his team-mate Luke Mossey who did the dominating double at the corresponding event last year, but he sits equal on points with Glenn Irwin who fought back from injury at the opening round.
James Ellison was a podium finisher in the opening race of the season on his debut with the Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha team and he sits equal on points with Essex contender Danny Buchan with the Tyco BMW pairing of Michael Laverty and Christian Iddon ready to improve on their first round.
Bennetts British Superbike Championship standings:
- Bradley Ray (Buildbase Suzuki) 50
- Shane Byrne (Be Wiser Ducati) 31
- Dan Linfoot (Honda Racing) 29
- Leon Haslam (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) 27
- Luke Mossey (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) 19
- Glenn Irwin (Be Wiser Ducati) 19
The next round of the 2018 Bennetts British Superbike Championship take place at Brands Hatch on April 13/14/15. For more information visit www.britishsuperbike.com