ELVINGTON motorbike ace Sam Holme suffered more bad luck in the Pirelli National Superstock 600 Championship, crashing out of the round at Brands Hatch.

The 24-year-old walked away from the crash with minor injuries, much as he did in the previous round of the British Superbikes Championship, at Donington.

Holme went into the fourth round at the Kent circuit positive after the Donington injury that held him back at the previous round, looking to get some points on the board.

A drying track saw Holme, on board his Yamaha R6, finish the Friday session in 17th.

Throughout the practice sessions, he managed to drop his lap time and, by qualifying, he had his Optimum Bikes-sponsored machine going 1.2 seconds faster than the previous day.

The session was cut short for him, though, after hitting a false neutral which threw him off the bike and meant he would start the race in 27th.

Overnight rain meant the bike set-up the team had prepared had to be completely changed and he managed only one lap in the morning's warm-up, but ended the session well in 12th.

Holme got away well in the race but got caught up in one of the many crashes. After rejoining, he had a close clash with another rider and was nudged onto the kerb causing the bike to high-side and throw him off into the gravel.

He is next in action from June 28 to 30 at Knockhill.