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Ben Currie is crowned British Superpsort Champion at Donington Park

Saturday

Ben Currie is the 2023 Quattro Group British Supersport champion after beating Luke Stapleford to the Feature race win at Donington Park.

Despite an small early mistake which dropped him down to fourth on lap three, the Australian fought back to make up the lost places, eventually passing Stapleford for the lead on lap 12.

From there, he put his head down and built a gap, eventually crossing the line 3.170secs ahead of Stapleford.

And with rival Tom Booth-Amos not racing this weekend and his other rival, Rhys Irwin, retiring on lap eight, it means Currie is the 2023 champion with three races still to go.

“The last half season has been a dream”, he said. “We’ve had 12 podiums on the bounce, five wins now and I’m absolutely over the moon. I don’t know what to say, it just hasn’t sunk in yet. I was concentrating so hard on winning  that race that I’d forgotten I could win the championship. The dream has become a reality now.”

As Currie celebrated his win, rookie Casey O’Gorman found a way past Eugene McManus on the final lap to take third as McManus had to settle for fourth, just ahead of Dutchman Jaime van Sikkelerus.

In GP2, Barry Burrell continued to dominate the weekend on the Kramer, crossing the line 15th overall and first in class, as Cameron Fraser was second with Harvey Claridge third.

Quattro Group British Supersport & British GP2 Championships, Feature race result:

1.    Ben Currie (Oxford Products Racing Ducati)
2.    Luke Stapleford (Profile Road & Racing Performance) +3.170s
3.    Casey O’Gorman (LAMI OMG Racing Yamaha) +4.249s
4.    Eugene McManus (Completely Motorbikes Triumph) +4.298s
5.    Jaimie van Sikkelerus (MPM Routz Racing Team) +4.433s

Sunday

Newly crowned champion Ben Currie splashed to another win in the wet at Donington Park as he beat TJ Toms by 2.775secs in today’s Sprint race.

A day after taking the title, the Aussie controlled the full race from the front, as he took victory with his new number one plate emblazoned on his Oxford Products Racing Ducati.

Toms, who made a great start, stuck close to Currie for much of the race but couldn’t catch or pass him, settling instead for second and his first series podium as behind, Eunan McGlinchey stormed through from the fourth row to secure third.

Eugene McManus took fourth after a tough battle with Casey O’Gorman, who took fifth aboard the LAMI OMG Racing Yamaha.

Barry Burrell crossed the line 10th overall to take the GP2 win on the Kramer, with Harry Rowlings second and Lucca Allen third. Cameron Fraser, fifth GP2 rider across the line, clinched the class championship.

Quattro Group British Supersport & British GP2 Championship, Sprint race result:

1.    Ben Currie (Oxford Products Racing Ducati)
2.    TJ Toms (R&R Racing) +2.775secs
3.    Eunan McGlinchey (Eunan McGlinchey Racing) +10.117s
4.    Eugene McManus (Completely Motorbikes Triumph) +11.156s
5.    Casey O’Gorman (LAMI OMG Racing Yamaha)

Championship positions after Round 20:

1.    Ben Currie         386 (champion)
2.    Tom Booth-Amos    268
3.    Tom Toparis         261
4.    Rhys Irwin        260
5.    Luke Stapleford    246

GP2 positions after Round 20:

1.    Cameron Fraser    448 (champion)
2.    Harry Rowlings    376
3.    Joe Collier        272
4.    Lucca Allen        244
5.    Harvey Claridge    220

Posted on Monday, October 2nd, 2023 in News

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