BSB: Hill and Gowla are the pole men at Brands
TOMMY Hill starts from pole for today's MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship race at Brands Hatch after shattering the lap record - while local boy Graeme Gowland leads the Evo class.
Hill secured the top spot at his local track with a hot lap of 1.26.360 onboard the Guisborough-based Swan Yamaha, ahead of this afternoon's race at the Grand Prix circuit.
And in the Mirror.co.uk BSB-Evo Championship, it was the WFR Honda of Gowland which was the cream of the crop, qualifying first in class and an impressive 10th overall.
It's been a hectic day for the Superbike boys. With two free practice sessions this morning, they went out for qualifying at 1.10pm and will line-up for the first race of the triple-header weekend at 4.15pm.
Second on the grid is the Samsung Crescent Suzuki of John Hopkins, while Hill's team-mate Michael Laverty will start from third. The final spot of the front row was taken by WSB 'Wildcard' Joan Lascorz on the Kawasaki WSB Team machine.
Hill said: "It's great to get pole at my home track, I think the pole is down to the cockney boys on the last corner all shouting and screaming at me to go faster!
"It's a busy weekend this one for everyone, and I'm just pleased that we were able to go out there and push it as much as we did. Pole was what I was looking for, so this is the perfect result"
Gowla, who had used all of his qualifying rubber to make it into the top 10 and the final qualifying session, was clearly thrilled.
"It's really great," he said. "We've been going well all weekend and after the second free practice session I thought it was possible to get into the top 10.
"We got there but I didn't have a tyre for the final session so tenth was all I could hope for but I'm happy. To finish 10th on an Evo bike is pretty good, and I'm looking forward to getting out later this afternoon."
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