Jake Dixon gets the job done to gain second place in British Superbike Championships at Brands Hatch
PUBLISHED: 17:00 17 October 2018
The final round of the 2018 British Superbike Championships took place at Brands Hatch in terrible conditions and often it was a case of just trying to stay on to the flag.
The RAF Regular and Reserves team from RAF Marham had set their eyes on securing second place in the Superbike class with Jake Dixon but with it being a triple header it was not a done deal.
In the first race Dixon found himself battling with Tarran Mackenzie and Glenn Irwin for the lead and in the dash to the line it was Irwin who took the win with Dixon second and he closed the gap on Dixon for second in the title chase. Leon Haslam came sixth to claim his first British Superbike title.
In race two Dixon was one of the victims of the rain as he crashed at Clearways with seven laps remaining but in race three Dixon stayed on to take third while it was Irwin who crashed out and second place in the championship went to the RAF team’s rider.
In the Superstock 600 class Ryan Vickers finished his year as he started with a start to chequered flag lead in conditions that could only be described as very tricky.
A superb year for Vickers who clinched the class title at Oulton Park and now he will move on the replace Dixon next year on the RAF team’s Superbike.
Tinklers Grant Newstead finished 13th and it was enough to give him seventh in the final placings, a great year for the Norwich rider.
The draperRacing sidecar pairing of Simon Gilbert and North Walsham’s Jack Tritton had a mixed weekend that saw them take seventh in the sidecar championship.
They had got up to 10th in race one but their brakes went off and they ended up 12th.
Race two saw another of the now expected Gilbert starts and this time they were eighth out of 30 sidecars.
Weather conditions played into King’s Lynn’s Michael Russell and Shaun Parker’s hands on Sunday and they came home 21st with the True Heroes Racing sidecar after a great scrap, beating some of the F1 sidecars on the way.