Brands new feeling for Norwich-based Morello Racing’s Josh Elliott in British Superbikes season finale
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In-form Josh Elliott shrugged off the disappointment of his last visit to Brands Hatch as he finished his season in style.
Brands played host to the final round of the British Superbikes with the Norwich Morello Racing rider hoping to forget his pursuit of his Superstock 1000 title rival when he crashed out on the very last corner as he attempted to make a move on Tyco BMW's Alastair Seeley.
This time, the weekend turned out a whole lot better for Elliott.
With Keith Farmer drafted in to ride the second Morello Kawasaki it was looking good as they put both bikes in the top four. In one of the best races of the season it was Hudson Kennaugh who led the charge on his BMW, chased by the in-form James East, Luke Quigley, Adam Jenkinson and Farmer. Elliott made a slow start and was back in sixth, but flying.
Elliott was soon picking the leaders off and was second by lap six as he hunted Kennaugh down. With Kennaugh feeling the pressure, he made a rare mistake going into Druids and down he went, leaving Elliott to take the final win, a fitting end for the new 2015 champion.
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Farmer brought the other Morello bike home in sixth place while Seeley crashed as he lost his brakes at Graham Hill Bend.
Gorleston's 19-year-old Charlie King had another good outing on his Kawasaki in only his second Superstock 1000 race and is looking forward to a full season in the class next year.
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The RAF Reserves team from Marham were hoping to take the British Superbike Cup, but it was not to be.
Peter Hickman took the RAF Reserves BMW to 12th in the first of this triple header and then, after making a good start in race two, he was run off the track, rejoining in 23rd place, and had to fight back through the field to finish 12th again. In race three he finished 11th to move up to ninth overall in the championship and third in the cup.
Morello's John Ingram was 21st in the first race but had two DNFs with fuel pump problems and then, in the last race, a back tyre with no grip.
Freddy Pett, from King's Lynn, was 10th in the Supersport Evo class in the Sprint race and sixth on Sunday when he was involved in a four-way scrap for most of the race. It has been a good year for Pett on a bike that is really only a Superstock 600 machine.
Long Stratton's Ben Bygrave had two great rides in the sidecar races with stand-in passenger Jonny Allum, while Martin Kirk, with Attleborough's Ben Hughes in the chair, had a meeting to forget with a 24th and a DNF.