The expression ‘You snooze, You lose’ was proven to be far from accurate by fans favourite & now Official ‘King of Brands’, Shane Byrne who recovered from his ‘start line’ slumbers to scorch to an amazing double at a sunny Brands Hatch Rd 7.
Having set an outright fastest ever two wheel lap over the Kent track during the earlier free practices, ‘The Shakester’ missed out on the No1 spot during the ‘Single Flying Lap’ Superpole to Quattro Plant Kawasaki’s Luke Mossey, after his complaints regarding the ill handling his Ducati were vindicated…… it transpired he had been carrying a front tyre slow puncture!
In the opening 20 lapper, Paul Bird’s golden boy put on a brilliant display recovered from his diabolical start to hit the front with half a dozen laps to go.
Ironically his second start attempt was actually worse than his first, and 5 laps into race 2, was still languishing in 11th position & 3 seconds behind race leader, the mightily impressive Honda rider Jason O’Halloran.
No problem. ‘Shakey’ simply got his head down & by lap 14 was running third, & right in the slipstream of leaders O’Halloran & Leon Haslam & was ready to pounce…..at which point, the Safety Car was deployed to allow the marshalls to inspect the track for contamination following Michael Laverty quitting the race with a smoking Tyco BMW.
With 2 laps added to the original race distance, now 22 laps, the ‘Be Wiser’ Ducati man moved into the lead directly the Safety Car pulled in, to lead over the final 4 laps to the flag.
Two questions were thus being asked by the fans…..Firstly. Would Shakey have won had the Safety Car not been deployed?
Answer….Without a shadow of doubt…YES, did not influence the result one iota.
Secondly. Why were 2 extra laps added to the original race distance? And, having caught the TV replay of this race on Monday, it was obviously something that commentators Jack Burnicle & James Whitham were somewhat hazy about.
Answer….. All in accordance with MCRCB Regulation 18.104.22.168. which states;
In the event of a race being neutralised at any point after the race leader has completed two-thirds (rounded down) of the original race distance, the first three laps of the ‘Safety Car’ deployment will not count as a ‘race lap’
At the point when it is decided to call in the ‘Safety Car’, the new actual number of laps to the end of the race will be displayed on timing screens to advise teams.
In this instance the ‘Safety Car’ was on course for two laps, therefore two laps added.
The important thing to note here is that this only applies AFTER the two thirds distance has been reached.
Couple of ‘celebrities’ I bumped into over the weekend.
One was Ian Paisley Jnr, the Member of Parliament for Antrim in Northern Ireland, who visited us in the commentary box. I’ve known Ian for a number of years & I can tell you he is an ardent motorcycle race fan – although during commentary, I did have to curtail my normal political jibes somewhat whilst he was with us in the box!
The other ‘notable’, he wouldn’t call himself a ‘celeb’, was Pablo Oliveira…father of Miguel, (Runner Up to Danny Kent in last years Moto 3 World Championship).
Visiting Brands Hatch with the team of Portugese rider Tomas Alonso who was racing in the Moriwaki 250 Junior Cup. Pablo was telling me how mightily impressed he was by both the Grand Prix track as well as the BSB organisation & just could not believe the number of race fans trackside
Incidentally, Pablo who speaks pretty good English, was able to confirm that the way the family name is pronounced is not as you hear it by the BT Sport TV commentators, ie. OLI-VERR-A, but correctly pronounced should sound as OLI-VYE-RA .
News that Stuart Easton had left the Tommy Hill ePayMe Yamaha Team really came as no big surprise. For whatever reason, it’s just not been happening for Ratboy.
That he is to team up with Michael Rutter on a second Bathams SMT BMW in the National Superstock 1000 series is I think, an excellent alternative. Stuart knows the team well (having previously ridden for the Robin Croft set up at Macau), and the move to a stocker has proven sound for ‘The Blade’. Should enable the likeable Scottish rider to get back into a more competitive mode.
Upon hearing the news, some Paddock wag was heard to say ‘Have they got a third bike to put Kiyo on’!!!!!!!
Seriously though, it really is so sad the way it’s all gone for the Japanese rider – 23rd in qualifying, and 19th & 21st in the Brands races is totally unacceptable to ‘The Boss’, Martin Halsall. The question now is most certainly when & not if the P45 is delivered.
As, has been said on so many occasions, he really is a lovely man. Sadly though, this is not a personality contest and when he becomes a free agent, will any team boss in BSB be prepared to give him another chance? ……Me neither…Enjoy him whilst you can folks!
Next up…..Cadwell Park and ‘The Party in the Park’.
It’s back to it’s traditional August Bank Holiday date of Saturday, Sunday & Monday, 27th, 28th & 29th. One meeting on the calendar most definitely not to be missed.
As ever, Clinton Enterprises site sales units will be in attendance with the complete range of OFFICIAL BSB, Rider & Team merchandise, including the EXCLUSIVE Cadwell Park event tee shirt.
See you there, & don’t forget to bring your radio as we will be broadcasting on BSB Radio 87.7FM throughout the weekend.