Brayden Elliott has continued his early season form in the Supersport class as part of the Swann Insurance Australasian Superbike Championship with the Tumut rider taking second in both the AFX-SBK and Swann Series, opening up his lead in the latter to 22 points with four rounds remaining and a trip to Queensland Raceway in just over a month’s time.
Friday’s three practice sessions saw Brayden set the third fastest time on merged classifications with a 1:35.299, just 0.1 seconds away from the quickest lap. Qualifying displayed an overall improvement in lap times by 0.8 seconds, with Elliott achieving a 1:34.569, placing him third for Saturday’s first AFX-SBK series race. A third place finish backed up by two second’s in Saturday’s three races handed Brayden second for the round and third overall for the series on points, with his lap times from the races placing him in second on the grid for Sunday’s events.
Entering the event, holding a slender lead in the points for the Swann Series in Supersport, Elliott identified the critical need to create some breathing space between him and his closest competition in the points. Two second place finishes in the day’s first two races, backed up by third in race three handed him second for the round, increasing his lead in the Championship to 22 points.
“I’m very pleased with my efforts at round three of the Swann Insurance Australasian Superbike Championship. To walk away from the round with an extended overall Championship lead and podium finishes in all six races was a great result for us for the weekend.”
“The Hankook Tyres Suzuki GSX-R 600 was once again performing very well and I can’t thank the team enough for their efforts as we all worked together improving bike setup throughout the weekend. I felt like the handling of the bike was great and had amazing feeling from Dunlop tyres, I would like to work on trying to increase my speed down the straight before we return to Sydney Motorsport Park later in the year.”
“The racing was extremely tough with some of the closest battles I had experienced all year, thankfully my consistency in all races paid off to put me second overall which helped to increase our lead and puts us in a good position heading into the next round at Queensland Raceway in August.”
Brayden’s next event is round four of the 2015 Swann Insurance Australasian Superbike Championship which takes place at Queensland Raceway, Ipswich, Queensland from August 14-16.