Standout International roads performers from the BSB support class practice, qualifying sessions today at Brands Hatch, included 23 times TT winner John McGuinness.
McGuinness who has quietly impressed many with his turn of speed throughout this year’s Ducati TriOptions Cup series, took a very creditable seventh in qualifying, finishing quicker than competitors including former Manx GP top five finisher Craig Neve.
Aside from Mountain Course great McGuinness others showing accomplished form included Binch Racing’s Adam McLean, 11th, 9th quickest in the National Superstock 600 free practice stints.
Ashcourt Racing’s Lee Johnston led the pure road racers British Supersport challenge whilst 24 times North West 200 victor Alastair Seeley placed eighth quickest overall from today’s GP2 class competition.
Stock 1000’s wise, Davey Todd (Honda Racing), Ian Hutchinson (Edwards 1902 BMW) took positions 13th, 14th respectively on the combined practice times sheet.
Dafabet Devitt Racing’s Rob Hodson, top six finisher in last year’s Newcomers A Manx Grand Prix Dave Brook were also in action as were a few high profile racing returnees, Macau GP wins record holder Michael Rutter and Padgetts Conor Cummins.
We can’t forget as well can we the unique talents of proven, front running three wheeling roads stars such as third fastest from Molson Group British Sidecars qualifying, Southern 100, TT winner Tim Reeves who’s joined for this weekend’s competitive action by Kevin Rousseau.
Silicone Barnes Racing’s Lewis Blackstock/Patrick Rosney finished a fine fourth fastest, team mates John Holden/Jake Lowther placed seventh quickest whilst Oliver’s Mount King Pins Lee Crawford/Scott Hardie, race winners at Donington Park, qualified a respectable 13th.
Words by Stevie Rial