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British Superbikes 2012: Chris Walker puts the show on as Tommy Hill leads the standings
British Superbikes 2012: Chris Walker puts the show on as Tommy Hill leads the standings

Tommy Hill and Shakey each achieved victories

This weekend they disputed on the beautiful Oulton Park Circuit for up to three races of the 2012 British Superbikes calendar. Three because it was also decided here to place the race that was canceled a few weeks ago at Brands Hatchs due to the poor asphalt conditions. So, on Sunday, while in Portugal the Moto2 races were taking place and the Superbikes were rolling out in Monza, the most daring championship in terms of regulations left everything ready for the first big race.

During the weekend the sun shone south of Liverpool, something that has already become a paranormal phenomenon, and we enjoyed racing in its purest form. Thus we have seen three different winners and the expected great appearance of Noriyuki Haga, who so far was signing a disastrous season as a companion of Tommy hill. This one, by the way, is leaving Oulton Park as leader of the British championship.

First race (the canceled one at Brands Hatch), Tommy Hill wins and Noriyuki Haga finally appears

Held shortly after the cancellation of the second Superbike race, it took Brands Hatch's times to make up the grid. Gary Mason, Josh Brookes, Alastair Seeley and Jon Kirkham returned for a moment to be the protagonists of the day. However, Brands 'jinx continued to hover over the drivers' heads and ended up falling on Jon when Josh, Shakey, Tommy and Haga formed the leading group. Kirkham suffered a spectacular fall that forced to raise the red flag and resume the race with an eight-lap sprint. Previously, the accident between Alex Lowes and Freddy Foray had already forced the safetycar to go out.

Thus, four of those called to enter the Showdown were placed in the front line ready to show their cards. The Australian was the first to pull the group as Shakey and Haga held on. A little further behind was Tommy Hill, waiting for the moment of the attack behind the wheel of Noriyuki. The Japanese finally gave free rein to his talent and left glimpses of what had once been. In just two laps he got rid of Brookes and Byrne using the same point on the circuit. HillEncouraged by the opportunity to cut points from his opponents, he tied the knot with the Japanese and climbed positions imitating his movements, with "outside" included and dedicated to Josh.

Intractable, the one from Surrey put all the meat on the grill to finish passing Haga and add another victory to his record. Haga took the podium and Josh joined them in the drawer. Shakey, by the way, had trouble calculating the amount of fuel and finished beyond the top 10.

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