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Nutt snatches series lead from Railton after Brands Hatch

The Ducati TriOptions 848 Challenge standings lead changed at Brands Hatch as Ducati Coventry/JHP's Marty Nutt moved ahead of Jonathan Railton who crashed out in the opening race with just a single point now separating the two.

Railton came into the round with a 28 point advantage, but the Boast Plumbing/Art of Racing rider crashed out of the lead at Graham Hill Bend in the opening race, handing the victory to Nutt who had been aiming to repeat his winning performance from Snetterton. Leon Morris was pushing Nutt all the way to secure his first podium finish of the season ahead of Mike 'Spike' Edwards who made his return from injury to bounce back with another third place.

In race two Railton was targeting the top step of the podium to make amends for his first crash but it wasn't to be as Morris went one better in the second outing to claim his first victory in 2013. The victory elevated the Stockbridge Racing rider up the standings into third place ahead of Dennis Hobbs who missed out on the podium in Kent, scoring a fourth and fifth.

Nutt claimed second in race two ahead of Railton as the leading title contenders fought for the final podium positions, but the Castlerock rider had the edge and moved just a single point ahead in the standings. Edwards continued his point-scoring form to claim fourth and start to climb the order again after missing the previous round due to injury.

Darren Fry had his best point scoring weekend of the season with sixth and seventh places which puts him just five points ahead of Daniel Fowler in the standings for fifth place.

Nutt said: "It's been a really good weekend for me and to take over the Championship lead has been the icing on the cake. For Friday's race, I opted to go with used tyres to save two new ones for Sunday and when Jonathan took the lead I did everything to close the gap. I pushed hard but it was a bit of a stalemate so I thought we'd have to settle for second only to see him slide off. I knew I had a good gap to second place so I just concentrated on bringing the bike home."

"Sunday's race could have been similar, I had two huge slides, one on the second lap at Sheene Curve and one near the end at Surtees and I thought I was gone on both occasions! Jonathan then started to close in and I got a bit flustered, hitting a false neutral on the last lap and running wide going onto the back straight so I was very pleased to come home in second. The results have been very pleasing so we can now head to the break in a real good frame of mind."

Ducati TriOptions 848 Challenge, Brands Hatch GP, race one result:

  1. Marty Nutt (Ducati Coventry/JHP)
  2. Leon Morris (Stockbridge Racing) +0.524s
  3. Mike Edwards (Ohlins @ P&H Motorcycles) +1.810s
  4. Dennis Hobbs (Hobbs Racing) +5.100s
  5. Byron Beckett (SAS Racing) +7.362s

Ducati TriOptions 848 Challenge, Brands Hatch GP, race two result:

  1. Leon Morris (Stockbridge Racing)
  2. Marty Nutt (Ducati Coventry/JHP) +1.671s
  3. Jonathan Railton (Boast Plumbing/Art of Racing) +1.738s
  4. Mike Edwards (Ohlins @ P&H Motorcycles) +4.692s
  5. Dennis Hobbs (Hobbs Racing) +5.876s

Ducati TriOptions 848 Challenge standings:

  1. Marty Nutt (Ducati Coventry/JHP) 162
  2. Jonathan Railton (Boast Plumbing/Art of Racing)161
  3. Leon Morris (Stockbridge Racing) 102
  4. Dennis Hobbs (Hobbs Racing) 87
  5. Darren Fry (JHP/Ducati Coventry) 72