DEAN Harrison secured another point-scoring finish for the Silicone Engineering Racing team in the third race of the weekend at Brands Hatch.

Harrison crossed the line 14th after a dramatic seven-lap sprint race at the iconic GP circuit on Sunday, narrowly missing out on 13th at the flag.

After finishing 19th and just behind defending champion Josh Brookes in Sunday’s curtain raiser, the Bradford rider was keen to build on his progress as he headed out for the final race of the weekend.

After the threat of rain all weekend, showers broke out at the Kent track shortly before the race- causing the teams to make some snap decisions on what tyres to run.

Harrison’s team opted for a wet front and intermediate rear, which soon became the wrong choice as the track dried. But on lap 12, the race was red flagged when another rider’s engine blew, giving everyone a chance to change tyres.

It gave the Bradford star’s team a chance to swap rubber and be ready for the restarted shortened race, and Harrison lined up 18th.

Making a good start, he brought back two places in the opening lap and quickly moved further through the pack.

By lap six he was running 13th and looking on course for his best result this year but was just pipped at the line by Bradley Ray and took a solid 14th and two more points.

And Harrison who recently recovered from Covid was delighted to return to the tracks and also claim some points.

He said: “It was great to get back after having Covid. It felt like I almost had to start from scratch though.

"The first round of the season I got points and I was happy with the start I made because I was on an older bike and hadn't rode for so long.

"Then getting Covid after that was extremely frustrating and it set me back a bit. So, coming into this weekend in the first race I felt a bit rusty again.

"But thankfully, by the time the last race arrived I felt I was back up to speed again and I was able to collect more points.

"I was happy with my performance in the last race because from the winners fastest lap I was nine tenths away.

"To say the amount of time off I've had with Covid I was very satisfied with that performance.

"In the first race I lacked aggression and I just felt flat. It was bike time over the races which give me the final push into the last race, and I was much more aggressive in the final race and I was able to switch my mindset to attacking and keeping up with the leading pack right from the start and it paid off. I didn't expect anything but we got two points and that's all that matters."

Harrison heads to Thruxton, Hampshire, this weekend and he's hoping he can build on his Brands Hatch display.

He said: "It's going to be difficult as I've never been to Thruxton on a superbike but the plan is to keep the momentum going now."