Rain hits Deane podium hopes

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HEAVY rain ended Deane Brown’s hopes of a podium place, but he still collected points on his debut in the Supersport 600 class of the British Superbike Championship.

The Motherwell biker’s season got underway at Brands Hatch, but after seven weeks without a drop of rain and a hosepipe ban newly in place the wet weather returned to Kent with a vengeance.

The Team Colin Appleyard/Macadam Racing rider has moved up from junior and found the going tough in the Sunday sprint race. He was out of the points places when the race was stopped because of a crash.

Monday’s race saw Brown start on the fifth row of the grid and he was making good progress in the wet when the race was red-flagged.

With fuel on the track, it was an hour before the race could be re-started. It didn’t last long and, after an eight-bike crash coming off Druids’ Corner, the race was stopped again.

With fuel still lying on the surface, it was deemed too dangerous to continue and the whole meeting was abandoned. Half points were awarded with Deane in fifth place - a fine effort in the circumstances.