Taylor Mackenzie made an impressive debut in the Motorpoint British Supersport Championship with Tyco Suzuki, scoring his first top ten of the year in ninth position.

The young Scottish rider, one of four stars sponsored by Lexelle Limited for the 2013 season, was pleased with his “solid start”.

The race was red flagged after just two laps and later re-started over a sprint distance of 16 laps around the Brands Hatch Indy Circuit.

Starting from fifteenth place on the grid, the 20-year-old Ashby de la Zouch based rider worked his way through some heavy traffic to finish ninth, impressively posting his fastest lap on the final circuit.

Mackenzie said: “That was a good solid start to the season and we picked up some good points. With the testing we’ve had so far that was all we could have hoped for really. It’s the first time I’ve done sixteen laps in a row on the GSX-R600 and my lap times were consistent; I actually did my fastest lap on the last lap of the race.

Team Principal Philip Neill said: “Taylor acquitted himself well on his debut and has fitted in well with the team so far. He’s a hard working lad and today’s top ten is the confidence boost he needs to chip away at his lap times and build on that result during the season.

“The Supersport class is in great shape at the minute, so he should be pleased with that result today as there’s more to be lost at the first round than gained.”