With three races to spare
In finishing second at Brands Hatch Kenan Sofuoglu (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) did enough to take his first ever World Championship crown, putting himself out of reach of his closest rivals with three races to spare.
His remarkable year -
still unfinished - has included six wins, two seconds and one third, and he now has 206 points to second place rider Fabien Foret's (GIL Kawasaki) total of 126.
Broc Parkes (Yamaha World Supersport Team) won his first race of the season, and is now fifth overall, with Sofuoglu the runner-up today and Massimo Roccoli (Yamaha Lorenzini by Leoni) third, just ahead of Robbin Harms (Stiggy Motorsports Honda).
Sebastien Charpentier (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) was supposed to start from pole but a late change of machine put him at the back of the starting grid, and he had to fight through the entire field to go 15th - later disqualified for not entering Parc Ferme after the race.
Early leader Craig Jones (Revè Ekerold Honda) fell on lap five, with the top British finisher being wild card rider Tommy Hill (Yamaha World SSP racing) in fifth.
In the championship Sofuoglu is 80 points up on Fabien Foret (GIL Kawasaki) who was only sixth today, with Brands non-finisher Katsuaki Fujiwara (Althea Honda) still third.
SBK Press Office