Bradley Ray wins Race One
Bradley Ray secured a resounding victory in the opening Bennetts British Superbike Championship race of the weekend at Snetterton. The Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha rider mastered the eBay Sprint Race to take the chequered flag with a 2.437s advantage.
The opening race of the weekend was preceded by a two-minutes silence on the grid, paying tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
As the race got underway Ray took the lead, but on the opening lap, Danny Buchan had his Showdown chances made all the more difficult when he was involved in a crash with Ryan Vickers and Josh Owens at Agostini. The incident meant that the BMW Safety Car was deployed.
When the race resumed, Ray was leading the pack and the championship leader continued to try to break the pack, edging out an advantage that took him to his fifth victory of the season.
The jostle for the Showdown Title Fighter positions continued and defending champion Tarran Mackenzie fought his way through the pack after dropping places at the start, working his way through to second place by lap eight.
Mackenzie was able to fend off the challenges from Yamaha rival Kyle Ryde as the rider holding the most precarious position in the standings returned to the podium for the first time since Donington Park. Ryde moves into tomorrow’s decisive two races with a 30-point margin over Buchan in ninth place.
Christian Iddon had his best result of the season in fourth place for the Buildbase Suzuki team, he had been involved in the podium battle after starting from pole position.
Leon Haslam delivered an impressive performance to move up the order from 21st on the grid to finish the race in fifth place for the local VisionTrack Kawasaki team to keep his outside chances of a place in the Showdown alive.
Lee Jackson was sixth in the race, scoring valuable points that would confirm his place in the Showdown for the first time to ensure both Cheshire Mouldings FS-3 Kawasaki riders feature in the final title fight.
Tom Sykes was seventh on the leading MCE Ducati, holding off the challenges from Peter Hickman, who has dropped a position in the standings and Glenn Irwin.
Irwin had been battling for a top five position when he ran off track on lap seven, but also became the fifth rider to guarantee their place in the Showdown.
Danny Kent completed the top ten for Buildbase Suzuki, whilst there was disappointment for Tommy Bridewell as the Oxford Products Racing Ducati rider appeared to suffer a technical problem. He briefly stopped on lap seven before continuing, but he was unable to score a point in his quest to be one of the Title Fighters in the Showdown.
Five riders are confirmed in the Showdown and three Title Fighter positions remain available with six riders in mathematical contention ahead of the two races tomorrow.
Bennetts British Superbike Championship, Snetterton, eBay Sprint race:
Jack Kennedy gets one hand on the Supersport championship title
Jack Kennedy coasted to his 12th win of the season as he beat Jamie van Sikkelerus by 8.737secs to put one hand on the championship trophy.
And as title rival Bradley Perie crashed out on the final lap, Kennedy is now in an even stronger position to lift the title tomorrow.
It was another solid win for the Mar-Train Racing rider, who grabbed the holeshot from pole and was never challenged as he powered to yet another win, beating Dutchman van Sikkelerus as Lee Johnston took third on his return to action.
Harry Truelove crossed the line fourth on the Appleyard Macadam Yamaha as Jack Scott was fifth, and first GP2 rider home.
Cameron Fraser emerged best of the rest of the GP2 runners as he finished second in class and 14th overall, one place ahead of the third GP2 bike of Harvey Claridge.
Quattro Group British Supersport & British GP 2 Championship, Snetterton, Sprint Race:
1. Jack Kennedy (Mar-Train Racing)
2. Jamie van Sikkelerus (MPM Routz Racing) +8.737s
3. Lee Johnston (Ashcourt Racing) +9.394s
4. Harry Truelove (Appleyard Macadam Racing) +12.430s
5. Jack Scott (One-Kovara Projects/RS Racing) +13.566s
Bradley Ray does the treble at Snetterton
Bradley Ray doubled up on victories with a last lap move on Tarran Mackenzie in the second race of the weekend as the Bennetts British Superbike Championship leader won race two at Snetterton.
Ray had taken the lead on the opening lap ahead of Mackenzie, who had eased ahead of his McAMS Yamaha teammate Jason O’Halloran.
Ray held the lead until lap six when the defending champion made a move at Agostini and then he held the advantage until the final lap.
Mackenzie was pushing at the front but Ray went for the slipsteam at the end of the Bentley Straight, making a move on the brakes into Brundle. The Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha rider then held off any counterattack from the defending champion.
Tommy Bridewell had moved into third place during the early stages of the race and the Oxford Products Racing Ducati rider bounced back from yesterday’s disappointment to return to the podium.
Bridewell had a moment during the eBay Sprint Race yesterday, which had caused him to knock the kill switch and ended his hopes of a strong points haul. However, his third place in race two confirmed his place in the Showdown.
Glenn Irwin carved his way through into fourth ahead of Peter Hickman who completed the top five. Kyle Ryde took sixth place to become a Title Fighter for the first time as Danny Buchan did an impressive job to finish in seventh, but it wasn’t enough to close the deficit.
Lee Jackson was eighth ahead of O’Halloran and Tom Sykes as the top eight riders in the standings confirmed their Showdown positions.
There was disappointment for Leon Haslam as he returned to the eBay pitlane, before later rejoining the race, whilst Christian Iddon was also forced to retire from the top eight.
Bennetts British Superbike Championship, Snetterton, Race 2:
Bradley Ray scored his first ever Bennetts British Superbike Championship hat trick of victories at Snetterton this weekend, claiming the final win despite a penalty in race three to hold the standings lead ahead of the Showdown.
The Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha rider won by 0.739s following a two-second long lap equivalent time penalty, issued to the leading three riders on track as they did not stay behind the BMW Safety Car at the point of the restart.
Mackenzie took the lead on the opening lap from Ray and Andrew Irwin, but the championship leader hit the front of the pack with a move on his McAMS Yamaha rival at Williams.
Ray maintained his position at the front of the field until lap five when Mackenzie emerged ahead with a move at Wilson when the Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha rider ran deep into the corner.
Mackenzie then held the lead from Ray and Glenn Irwin who had been working his way through the pack before a BMW Safety Car intervention on lap 10 when Storm Stacey suffered a technical failure and the track conditions were subsequently assessed.
When the race resumed the leading three riders, Ray, Mackenzie and Glenn Irwin did not stay behind the BMW Safety Car at point of the restart and were later issued a two-second long lap equivalent time penalty. Mackenzie also received two penalty points on his judicial record.
Mackenzie lost the lead when Ray made a move into Brundle after the restart, and a lap later the defending champion got eased back another position as Glenn Irwin made a pass to move into second.
Mackenzie fought back with a move at Agostini to regain second place from Glenn Irwin, but Ray had broken the chasing pair to cross the line ahead of Mackenzie and Irwin. The time penalty issued to the leading three riders meant that Peter Hickman was elevated from fourth into second place ahead of Mackenzie, with Glenn Irwin finishing in fourth position.
Jason O’Halloran was fifth to maintain his second place in the standings ahead of Leon Haslam and Tommy Bridewell on the Oxford Products Racing Ducati.
Kyle Ryde was eighth as he prepares for his first Showdown appearance with Andrew Irwin and Lee Jackson completing the top ten finishers.
Bennetts British Superbike Championship, Snetterton, Race 3 result:
Bennetts British Superbike Championship Title Showdown:
Jack Kennedy wins the Supersport Championship!
Mar-Train Racing’s Jack Kennedy has become the first rider in the series’ history to win the championship four times with his 13th win of the season.
Kennedy beat Appleyard Macadam Racing’s Bradley Perie by 1.404sec after a race long battle as Dutchman Jamie van Sikkelerus took third.
Perie took the lead at the start but was under pressure from Kennedy almost immediately, the Irishman making several attempts to get ahead before finally making a pass that stuck on lap seven and keeping ahead to flag.
“I’m really happy to get this championship for us and Mar-Train because we missed out so narrowly in 2012 so it’s always something that I wanted to tick off and I’m sure the team wanted to as well,” said Kennedy.
“I had full faith in the team that they could give me the tools I needed to do the job and we did that today. Fair play to Brad, he pushed me really hard there, it was a great race.”
Ashcourt Racing’s Lee Johnston finished fourth, just ahead of first GP2 rider home, Jack Scott.
Harvey Claridge was second of the GP2 runners across the line in 14th position, just one place ahead of third placed GP2 rider, Harry Rowlings.
Quattro Group British Supersport and British GP2 Championship, Snetterton, Feature race result:
1. Jack Kennedy (Mar-Train Racing)
2. Bradley Perie (Appleyard Macadam Racing) +1.404s
3. Jamie van Sikkelerus (MPM Routz Racing) +7.069s
4. Lee Johnston (Ashcourt Racing) +13.976s
5. Jack Scott (One-Kovara Projects/RS Racing) +14.127s
Championship points after Round 16:
1. Jack Kennedy 385 (Champion)
2. Bradley Perie 234
3. Harry Truelove 212
4. Luke Stapleford 185
5. Lee Johnston 156
Davey Todd wins his first Superstock race this season
Davey Todd scored his first win of the year to move into the championship lead as he beat FHO Racing with Kobelco’s Alex Olsen by 0.636sec.
The Milenco by Padgetts Motorcycles rider banked his seventh podium of the season after taking the lead on lap eight to beat title rival Olsen as Tim Neave took third, Richard Kerr was fourth and Levi Day finished fifth.
But it was disastrous race for Billy McConnell, who went in as points leader but was taken out in a lap one crash by Lewis Rollo – while Dan Linfoot, who was leading on lap three, was wiped out when Charlie Nesbitt crashed out and his bike crossed the chicane and hit Linfoot’s Optimum Bikes Honda.
Pirelli National Superstock Championship with MotoNovo, Snetterton, Race result:
1. Davey Todd (Milenco by Padgetts Motorcycles)
2. Alex Olsen (FHO Racing with Kobelco) +0.636s
3. Tim Neave (Edwards Yamaha) +5.428s
4. Richard Kerr (AMD Motorsport) +5.666s
5. Levi Day (Powerslide Motorcycles Racing) +7.129s
Championship positions after Round 13
1. Davey Todd 191
2. Billy McConnell 186
3. Alex Olsen 173
4. Brayden Elliott 149
5. Richard Kerr 141