Leon Camier dominated race one, at the sixth round of the ViSK British Superbike Championship at Knockhil, and gave Airwaves Yamaha its first win in Scotland.
Karl Harris crashed his Hydrex Honda on the first lap at the hairpin and almost took Chris Walker on the Motorpoint Henderson Yamaha with him.
Camier got his head down and pulled a lead of 2.5secs setting the fastest lap on lap 13 with a time of 48.884secs. Gary Mason and Tristan Palmer got tangled up with each other, crashing at the hairpin and bringing out the Safety Car as oil needed to be cleared from the track. This allowed all the riders to bunch up behind Camier and reduced his lead to just 0.228secs.
Leon Camier and the Airwaves Yamaha team took a stunning race win at Brands Hatch this afternoon (Monday) in the second race for the ViSK British Superbike Championship in association with Pirelli.
The race win is all the more special for the championship-winning team as Friday was the first time the new Yamaha had run, with the team completing no pre-season testing.
Camier said: “I can’t believe it. I just am amazed with how this weekend has gone for us. We had no testing on the Airwaves Yamaha but we stayed positive and we have been consistent this weekend which has really been the key. I just need to thank everyone at GSE Racing and all of our sponsors.”
Reigning champions Airwaves Yamaha head to Brands Hatch this Easter Bank Holiday weekend for the opening round of the 2009 British Superbike Championship.
Riders Leon Camier (22) and James Ellison (28) scored a podium apiece on the Championship’s last visit to the 1.2 mile circuit. Both riders will be looking for similar performances aboard the all new factory-supported Airwaves Yamaha YZF-R1 to begin their assault on the 2009 title.
Scoring a total of 3 wins and a further 5 podiums in his second British Superbike season in 2008, Leon from Ashford in Kent, is excited about the season ahead saying, “Brands Hatch is one of my favourite circuits on the calendar, it’s also mine and GSE Group’s home round so I really want to come away with some strong results. Having seen the Yamaha YZF-R1 perform so well on the World stage, it’s made me even more excited about getting the season started.