It’s the last dance for the Bennetts British Superbike Championship this weekend and what a firecracker of a weekend it’s shaping up to be. At Donington Park some ten days ago the top two in the championship imploded in spectacular style. Wrong tyre choices, grid penalties, Tommy taking Glenn out and then a mechanical and a low-scoring finish meant the warring pair left Donington as they arrived, with just 0.5 points separating them. The chasing pack failed to capitalise on the incredible situation between the pair, Leon Haslam’s engine expired with a lap to go and Kyle Ryde took too long to find his groove.

As the circus now moves to the garden of England and the beautiful Brands Hatch circuit, the championship is the epitome of tension because the prize for winning a race ramps up to 35 points for a win, 30 for second place, and 27 for third, it’s the first time this season that the gap between first and second has been 5 points. Kyle Ryde sits a race win away from the championship lead, with Leon Haslam a mere 6 points adrift of the Jacksdale rider and Lee Jackson just 2.5 back of Leon. You can’t count Jason O’Halloran out of proceedings either and even though he’s out of contention, Ryan Vickers took his first BSB win at Brands in the summer, albeit after a red flag, so he’ll be keen to cross the line first this time.

Who’ll win the title? Absolutely no idea… You’d suggest it’s between Tommy and Glenn but the bad blood of recent weeks means that anything can happen between the two. Kyle goes well at Brands, as does Leon, this time he’s the hunter, not the hunted like in 2017, and as that season proved, nothing is to be taken for granted in the British Superbike Championship.

October 11, 2023

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