Brookes bags British Superbike Championship crown
AUSTRALIAN Josh Brookes, on the Milwaukee Yamaha, clinched the 2015 British Superbike Championship at Brand's Hatch at ending the Aussie's run of second best in previous years.
Newtownards-based Brookes took the title after claiming the first of the weekend's Superbike race wins on Saturday.
He took the win from defending champion Shane Bryne on the PBM Kawasaki with former World Superbike star, American John Hopkins, giving Ducati their first podium of the year in third place.
Brookes delivered the same in race two with another win from Bryne while Toomebridge man Michael Laverty on the TYCO BMW slotted into third place.
Race three however saw Brookes's luck run out when he crashed out unhurt while in third place.
Tyco BMW rider Michael Laverty lead for the early part of the race and was hounded all the way by Shane Bryne on the PBM Kawasaki, and James Ellision on the IG Speedfit Kawasaki.
Ellision briefly got his nose in front but Laverty was having none of it, regaining the lead and going on to clinch the victory and Tyco BMW's first win of the season.
Ellision took second place, just in front Shane Bryne.
Speaking about his first British Superbike title, Brookes said: "It's been a long time coming but its finally here thanks to Milwaukee Yamaha who have provided me with the perfect bike all season.
"For years I've been playing bridesmaid to Shane Bryne and the rest of the guys like John Hopkins but to be at the top is really a very nice feeling.
"This weekend was perfect in every way for me, with maybe a little bit of luck thrown in also.
"It's great not only for me but also for Shaun Muir and Milwaukee Yamaha, without them this would not be possible."
In the British National 1000cc Superstock race, newly-crowned champion, Fermanagh's Joshua Elliott, put his Morrelli Kawasaki on the top step of the podium with another race win.
James East finished in second place with Adam Jenkinson third.
Former British Superstock champion Keith Farmer from Clogher in county Tyrone finished in sixth place.
In the two Motorpoint Supersport 600 races, Luke Stapleford took a fine brace of wins on the Profile Racing Triumph.
Race one saw newly-crowned Supersport 600 champion Stapleford take the race win in a Triumph 1-2-3 on the podium.
Jake Dixon on the Smith's Triumph just edged out Sam Hornsey for second place in a race which saw Portadown's Marshall Neill finish in 12th place with Antrim's Nicki Coates in 21st place.
Race two saw Stapleford again blast off into a commanding lead but it was the battle for second place between
Jake Dixon, James Rispoli, Glenn Irwin and Ben Wilson which had the large crowd on their toes.
At the front, Stapleford crossed the line for his 14th win of the season with seven seconds to spare over Jake Dixon who finished in second place with Carrickfergus man Glenn Irwin in third place on his Gearlink Kawasaki.