Stuart Easton – text F

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One year on from the bitter disappointment of a final race title defeat, Hawick rider Stuart Easton clinched the Motorpoint British Supersport crown at Brands Hatch.

There were wild scenes of celebration as Easton lifted the title following a tense race on the Yamaha R6, edging out Carrickfergus man Alastair Seeley on the Gearlink Kawasaki.

It was all to play for after Seeley finished second in the penultimate race to close the gap to four points as Stuart struggled to 11th place in the damp.

The Hawick rider, who was badly injured in a horror crash at the North West 200 in 2011, started the final race from the fourth row of the grid with Seeley on pole.

The initial race was red-flagged when heavy rain began to fall and the restart was declared a wet race.

On a greasy but drying track, Stuart fought his way through the pack to close in on the previous day’s winner Richard Cooper and Seeley, passing both to take the lead of the race on the 10th lap.

As rain began to fall once more, Seeley hit back to take the lead, but the red flags came out due to a crash on the 11th lap and Easton was declared the winner on the count-back.