Fans will flock to Brands Hatch this weekend to bid a fond farewell to the popular British Superbike champion Shane Byrne in his final race before departing for the World Superbike series next season.
Local boy Shane (Shakey) Byrne began his career at Brands Hatch and is expected to put on a show after clinching the British Superbike championship in the last round at Silverstone, his second BSB title in five years.
Those who have followed ‘Shakey’ throughout his career will know that despite already having won this years title, he will not be content unless he finishes on the top step of the podium at Brands Hatch. That may be easier said than done as no less than four of Byrne’s rivals are set to fight it out for the BSB runners up spot.
The British Superbike results from the last Brands Hatch meeting saw Shane Byrne winning race one with the second race going to Cal Crutchlow. Crutchlow currently sits in fourth place of the championship just ahead of another local rider Leon Camier who will be keen to shine at Brands.
They will both be slugging it out for the runners up position with third placed Tom Sykes and Leon Haslam who currently sits in second place in the Championship.
Of the four Leon Haslam is the current man in form having been the top points scorer in the previous four rounds, but they all share the same desire to end the season as runner up to Byrne, as best of the rest.
Ironically this will also be the final British Superbike race for Leon Haslam, Tom Sykes and Cal Crutchlow, with Haslam and Sykes joining Shane Byrne in World Superbike next year and Crutchlow departing for World Supersport, so everyone involved will be keen to finish this series on a high.
The latest British Superbike news from Brands Hatch is that Leon Haslam is setting the pace in free practise, of course that doesn’t count for much when it comes to the actual race, but one thing is certain, the scene is set for a grand finale to this years series.