Harry creates history at Brands Hatch on way to first Superbike points

Harry Hartley (50) in action at Brands Hatch over the weekend
Harry Hartley (50) in action at Brands Hatch over the weekend

The British Superbike Championship got underway this Easter Bank holiday weekend at Brands Hatch, as Burnley teenager Harry Hartley made history.

Making his debut for Halsall Biker Gear Racing, “The Hare”, at 17, is the youngest-ever competitor in the championship.

Having made steady progress over the first couple of days, Easter Sunday qualifying turned out to be very wet and made track conditions tricky.

Harry rose to the task and was well up the order in free practice 3, but unfortunately crashed out in Q1, which meant that he would start race one from 27th on the grid.

Race day was the complete opposite, with a dry track and sunny conditions, and race one saw Hartley make steady progress from the start, before crossing the line in 18th, despite the race being red flagged due to oil on the track and the race re-run as a 12 lap dash.

He finished his debut race appearance with a steady performance, battling for a few laps with team mate Lee Costello, and crossed the line in 13th to claim his first three championship points from race two.

• Copy and pictures courtesy of Trackside Exposure.