Buchan has early start to his Brands Hatch weekend

Danny Buchan closes in on Richard Cooper before the red flag. Picture: Barry Clay

Danny Buchan closes in on Richard Cooper before the red flag. Picture: Barry Clay - Credit: Archant

Danny Buchan – who competes in the colours of Norwich's Morello Racing team – had a hectic weekend as British Superbikes headed to Brands Hatch.

Morello's Fraser Rogers leads the RAF Regular & Reserves Jordan Weaving. Picture: Barry Clay

Morello's Fraser Rogers leads the RAF Regular & Reserves Jordan Weaving. Picture: Barry Clay - Credit: Archant

It began a little earlier than most when he became a father at 6.30am on Friday morning. However, after very little sleep he was able to compete in the Superstock 1000 class, putting in some great rides on Saturday in the two-leg 100-mile race.

Buchan was in third behind Mason Law when Law went down at Hawthorns, nearly taking Buchan with him. Law's bike flew over the barrier and buried itself in the trees. Buchan had his sights on race leader Richard Cooper but it was not to be and he finished third behind Michael Rutter.

In the second leg Buchan worked hard and shook off a challenge from Rutter and Chrissy Rouse to haul in Cooper, but just as he closed for the win the red flag came out for the third time this year, putting an end to any challenge from him and he had to settle for second.

On Sunday the best Buchan could manage was fourth and his points advantage shrunk from 45 to 24.

Jake Dixon (27) puts the hammer down. Picture: Barry Clay

Jake Dixon (27) puts the hammer down. Picture: Barry Clay - Credit: Archant


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Jake Dixon, on the RAF Regular and Reserves Kawasaki, qualified on the fifth row for the first race and was up to 12th when the safety car came out, which allowed him to catch up with the front group that had broken away.

As the car went in Dixon came under fire and went back to 13th but managed to claw his way back to 11th in what was a very hard-fought race.

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In race two Dixon fought a long battle with former Grand Prix rider John Hopkins as he finished one place higher in 10th this time. This is only Dixon's second year in the Superbike class and in a field with such quality he is now a serious contender for the future as he proves to be more than a match for the opposition.

Buchan's team-mate Fraser Rogers had three great point scoring rides with two sevenths and an eighth, Jordan Weaving had an eighth, 11th and seventh.

Grant Newstead on the Tinklers Yamaha. Picture: Barry Clay

Grant Newstead on the Tinklers Yamaha. Picture: Barry Clay - Credit: Archant

In the Superstock 600 class Ryan Vickers qualified in third but the best he could manage in the race was eighth while Grant Newstead finished 22nd.

Thetford's Ryan Vickers had another great day, Picture: Barry Clay

Thetford's Ryan Vickers had another great day, Picture: Barry Clay - Credit: Archant

Fraser Rogers holds off Luke Hedger. Picture: Barry Clay

Fraser Rogers holds off Luke Hedger. Picture: Barry Clay - Credit: Archant

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