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Motor Racing

Byrne extends lead at Brands Hatch

Shane Byrne and Tommy Hill made up the ground they had lost in Saturday's rain-affected opener to the eighth round of the British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch with a win apiece, yesterday.

Hill, riding a Swan Yamaha, made the perfect start but Byrne took the lead on the sixth lap and kept his HM Plant Honda just ahead to take his fourth victory of the season by half a second, consolidating his title lead.

Hill then dictated terms next time out, fighting off Samsung Suzuki's John Hopkins to clock up his fifth win of the campaign.