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Andrews tops opening MCE British Superbike session at Snetterton

Tuesday, April 08 2014

Simon Andrews and the RAF Reserves Honda team edged out Michael Rutter in the opening MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship test session at Snetterton this morning as the pair were eager to get their test underway in drying conditions.

Bathams BMW's Rutter had held the top spot, before both him and Andrews swapped positions in the final ten minutes of the opening session as several of their on track rivals opted to wait until the second session. Andrews' final two laps were the fastest of the session as the conditions improved as he slashed his times in the closing stages.

Dan Linfoot held third place on the first of the Quattro Plant Kawasakis, he moved ahead of Gearlink Kawasaki's Ben Wilson towards the end of the session with Peter Baker holding fifth place for the Morello Racing team.

Halsall Biking Gear Kawasaki's Lee Costello was sixth fastest ahead of Michael Dunlop who was the sole Buildbase BMW to take to the circuit this morning as James Westmoreland and Ryuichi Kiyonari sat out the first session.

The opening session marked the debut of Barry Burrell with Team WD-40 Kawasaki as they had their first shakedown of their Superbike ahead of their debut in the Championship this season. Ian Hutchinson and Patric Muff completed the top ten for the FFX Yamaha and Patric Muff respectively.  

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship, official test, Snetterton, session one:

  1. Simon Andrews (RAF Reserves Honda) 1m:56.753s
  2. Michael Rutter (Bathams BMW) +1.903s
  3. Dan Linfoot (Quattro Plant Kawasaki) +2.589s
  4. Ben Wilson (Gearlink Kawasaki) +4.916s
  5. Peter Baker (Morello Services Kawasaki) +5.018s
  6. Lee Costello (Halsall Biking Gear Kawasaki) +9.676s
  7. Michael Dunlop (Buildbase BMW) +11.822s
  8. Barry Burrell (Team WD-40) +12.247s
  9. Ian Hutchinson (FFX Yamaha) +12.630s
  10. Patric Muff (Bathams BMW) +13.606s

For session results please click here

Entry to the two day test at Snetterton is free for spectators.