Third podium in a day for Josh Brookes sees him crowned 'King of Donington'

Josh Brookes got the holeshot from 2nd on the grid to lead the pack around Donington Park for the third and final race of the day. Tommy Bridewell slotted into 3rd, before going on to pass McAMS Yamaha's Jason O’Halloran for 2nd place at Craner.

On Lap 7 Christian Iddon also passed O'Halloran, who had dropped down the pack, to move into 4th. But that same lap disaster struck for Bridewell, when a problem forced him to retire from the race whilst he was running in a podium position. 

Brookes led until two/third race distance when he was passed Honda Racing's Glenn Irwin and McAMS Yamaha's Tarran Mackenzie on Lap 10. Mackenzie went on take the win, with Irwin 2nd and Brookes claiming the final podium position, 6.7s ahead of his VisionTrack Ducati teammate Iddon in 4th.

After finishing on the podium in all 3 races today, Josh Brookes was crowned 'King of Donington' and heads to the final British Superbike round at Brands Hatch next month leading the championship with a total of 225 points.

Iddon now lies 2nd in the championship with a total of 209 points. Sadly, for Tommy Bridewell, his Race 3 DNF means he is now 6th in the championship with 146 points and no longer in contention for the title. 

Josh Brookes (VisionTrack Ducati #25) - 3rd
"I wanted to keep the lead but both Glenn and Taz had a bit more pace. Lap times were slightly better than the previous race but not as fast as those guys. I wanted to try and keep staying with them, but I had a bit of a front-end moment. And I thought that this is an important race to stay on and finish. Obviously, I would have wanted to do better but still pleased to have come out with the championship lead and another 3rd place for the team, the sponsors, VisionTrack Ducati, they'll all be pleased.

It's nice to lead the championship going into the last round. I've often been going into Brands trailing and trying to win races to claw back. So, hopefully this is enough this year to just enjoy the wins and hopefully the championship."

Christian Iddon (VisionTrackDucati #21) – 4th
“The main focus was to leave Donington Park still with a good chance of the championship and I’ve managed that and got the boxes ticked. It was good to get on the podium in the first race in the damp conditions, but I struggled quite a lot in the second race with a couple of issues. We improved the bike for the final race but 4th was the best I could do, although maybe I should have tried a different plan in hindsight. I’m just 16 points off the championship lead with all to play for at Brands Hatch, although we missed a couple of opportunities to close the gap today. But either way, I’m looking forward to it.”

Tommy Bridewell (Oxford Products Racing #46) - DNF
“I am certainly looking at the weekend as pint half-full. It’s no secret this year that I’ve struggled to get the feeling with the bike that I have had previously and to be honest for me at Donington in Race 3 the bike was absolutely fantastic. So, so good. It was brilliant so I’m happy. Yes, I’m very disappointed that we suffered a technical, but you have to take the positives. We have been searching a fix for the problem we’ve had this year and I now feel that we have certainly made some very good inroads with that and have a very strong direction to how we can now improve and just keep going forward. I’m taking the positives from this weekend, for definite. It’s not all doom and gloom!”