Lowes lands British title
Alex Lowes ensured a double family celebration by edging out three-time title winner Shane Byrne to win the British Superbike Championship.
The Samsung Honda rider from Lincoln had earlier this month seen twin brother Sam win the World Supersport Championship and on Sunday secured his own title at Brands Hatch.
Lowes had trailed the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki of Byrne by a single point going into the final three races of the season at the Kent circuit.
Lowes overturned that deficit in the opening race of the weekend on Saturday as he took second behind the Tyco Suzuki of Australian Josh Brookes, with defending champion Byrne in third.
But it was in the wet first race on Sunday at Brands that the championship race took a dramatic turn.
First Lowes slid off on the opening lap but Byrne, poised to retake the championship points lead at his home circuit, also failed to finish after crashing out.
Brookes claimed his second race win and also dominated race three but it was behind him where the attention was focused.
Byrne battled hard to pass Lowes, but the race was not over as Lowes regained second place from his title rival near the end of the race to claim the championship by seven points.