Brad Ray smashes lap record with a blistering lap time
Bradley Ray delivered a knockout blow to his Bennetts British Superbike Championship rivals in SUPERPICKS Qualifying, setting the fastest ever lap of Oulton Park by 0.672s to claim the pole position for Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha.
Ray set his sensational flying lap towards the beginning of Q2 and then his rivals were pushing to close the deficit. Tommy Bridewell was the closest as the Oxford Products Racing Ducati rider posted the second fastest time of the session, 0.796s adrift of Ray ahead of him.
Jason O’Halloran had a last lap flier that put him up the order into third to complete the front row for McAMS Yamaha, with Peter Hickman on the FHO Racing BMW splitting the teammates to head the second row.
Tarran Mackenzie had a surge into fifth in the closing stages of Q2, just ahead of Leon Haslam who completes the second row of the grid for the eBay Sprint Race.
Andrew Irwin starts seventh for SYNETIQ BMW just 0.007s ahead of his teammate Danny Buchan with Title Fighters Glenn Irwin and Rory Skinner completing the top ten.
Lee Jackson and Kyle Ryde complete row four of the grid ahead of this afternoon’s opening race of the Showdown.
Bennetts British Superbike Championship, Oulton Park, SUPERPICKS Qualifying:
Brad Ray takes the spoils in race one
Bradley Ray continued his quest for a debut Bennetts British Superbike Championship title by claiming the opening race win of the Showdown in a dramatic eBay Sprint Race, as both McAMS Yamaha riders crashed out of contention, shaking up the title fight.
Jason O’Halloran had grabbed the lead at the start of the race from Tommy Bridewell and Ray as the trio got the best launch from the front row.
Bridewell grasped the lead with a move down the inside at Shell Oils corner to move to the front of the pack, but Ray was on the attack. The Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha rider made a move on O’Halloran at Druids, and then launched to the lead on the brakes at Lodge.
Ray then was holding off the pack before making a break in the closing stages to claim his eighth win of the season, but Bridewell was able to return to the podium in second place and that saw him surge from eighth to fifth in the overall standings.
It was drama for McAMS Yamaha; reigning champion Tarran Mackenzie crashed out at Shell Oils corner on lap 12. His DNF now moves Glenn Irwin to within two points of the reigning champion ahead of tomorrow’s two races.
On the final lap, there was contact between O’Halloran and Peter Hickman as the FHO Racing BMW rider made a move at Druids. The McAMS Yamaha rider crashed out of the race, which then promoted Leon Haslam into a podium finish for the VisionTrack Kawasaki team.
Hickman crossed the line in fourth place, but was disqualified from the result for the incident with O’Halloran. That promoted Irwin up to fourth place for Honda Racing UK, ahead of Danny Buchan on the SYNETIQ BMW.
Lee Jackson battled his way back through the pack to finish sixth on the Cheshire Mouldings FS-3 Kawasaki, with Christian Iddon in seventh for Buildbase Suzuki.
Title Fighters Rory Skinner and Kyle Ryde featured in eighth and ninth respectively with Josh Brookes promoted to tenth place ahead of tomorrow’s two Showdown races.
Bennetts British Superbike Championship, Oulton Park, eBay Sprint Race result:
Lee Jackson wins incident packed Race Two
Lee Jackson won an incident-packed second Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Oulton Park for Cheshire Mouldings FS-3 Kawasaki, holding off Tommy Bridewell and Bradley Ray for the victory over a seven-lap restart following two red flags.
Jason O’Halloran launched off the line into the lead on the first start, but Ray was instantly on the attack to take the lead at Cascades.
As the pack streamed through Druids for the first time, there was contact between O’Halloran and Tommy Bridewell and the McAMS Yamaha rider once again crashed out of the race.
Bridewell was issued a ride through penalty, a drop of three grid positions for Race 3 and 2 penalty points on his judicial record by Race Direction.
Ray was making a break at the front but behind the riders were battling for the podium places. Rory Skinner was ahead of Tarran Mackenzie and Leon Haslam. Mackenzie though crashed out at Hislops on lap four and the race was red flagged.
The race restarted and Ray again hit the front of the field ahead of Kyle Ryde, Jackson, Skinner and Christian Iddon. However, the race was then red flagged for a second time when Skinner, Ryde and Iddon tangled at Brittens.
Bridewell had started 22nd on the grid due to his ride through time equivalent penalty of 15 seconds, but had fought through to sixth.
The race was restarted again over seven laps and Ray took the lead from Glenn Irwin and Jackson, but there was more drama on the opening lap when Ryde and Tom Neave crashed out at Old Hall.
Ray was trying to fend off the chasing pack, but on lap four, Jackson went for a move on Irwin at Old Hall to take second and then dived ahead of the championship leader at Cascades.
A lap later and Bridewell was into second place as he pushed Ray back a further position with a move down the inside at Old Hall.
The leading five riders were inseparable as Jackson was holding off Bridewell, Ray, Irwin and Danny Buchan, but the Cheshire Mouldings FS-3 Kawasaki rider had the edge and he was able to hold off his Ducati rival on the drag to the chequered flag.
Ray was narrowly able to hold off Irwin for the final podium position as Buchan completed the top five for SYNETIQ BMW.
Leon Haslam was sixth for the VisionTrack Kawasaki team, with the MCE Ducati pairing of Tom Sykes and Josh Brookes completing the top eight.
Andrew Irwin and Peter Hickman completed the top ten ahead of this afternoon’s third race.
Medical Update after Bennetts BSB Race 2: All riders are unfit and have been transferred to hospital for further treatment and assessment. Tarran Mackenzie has a suspected broken femur, Rory Skinner has abdominal pain and Christian Iddon was briefly unconscious.
Bennetts British Superbike Championship, Oulton Park, Race 2 result:
Tommy Bridewell wins Race Three at Oulton Park
Tommy Bridewell claimed his first win of the 2022 Bennetts British Superbike Championship in the final race of the weekend at Oulton Park, fending off his title rivals to become the eighth different victor of the season for Oxford Products Racing Ducati.
The battle for victory in race three became a tussle between four different teams and manufacturers with Bridewell, Glenn Irwin, Lee Jackson and Danny Buchan all in contention.
At the start of the race Glenn Irwin grabbed the lead from Bradley Ray and Jackson with Bridewell and Buchan in formation.
Ray was looking for a move and he dived down the inside at Lodge on the opening lap to take the lead.
Irwin fought back and on lap eight, he reclaimed the position with a move at Lakeside, but Bridewell was through to third and a lap later, he grabbed second position at Old Hall.
The Oxford Products Racing Ducati rider then had Irwin in his sights and he made a decisive move at Lodge to head the pack.
Bridewell was then holding off Irwin, who was piling on the pressure and as they took the chequered flag there was just 0.089s between them.
In the battle for third place, Jackson and Buchan were trading places for the final spot on the podium. On the penultimate lap, the Cheshire Mouldings FS-3 Kawasaki rider reclaimed third and was able to hold off Buchan to the finish line.
Ray crossed the line in fifth place as Tom Sykes recorded his best result of the season for the MCE Ducati team, maintaining his place ahead of Peter Hickman on the FHO Racing BMW and Josh Brookes, who completed the top eight.
Kyle Ryde had carved his way through the pack from his back row start after his race two crash to finish in ninth place with Danny Kent completing the top ten.
The Championship now heads to Donington Park next weekend for the penultimate round of the season.
Ray heads the standings by 40 points from Bridewell, who surges into second following his victory and double podium finish at Oulton Park this weekend.
Jackson is just eight points adrift of his Ducati rival ahead of him, with Glenn Irwin holding just a further three point deficit.
Jason O’Halloran and Tarran Mackenzie hold fifth and sixth in the standings, with the defending champion sustaining a suspected broken femur following his race two crash. Ryde and Skinner complete the top eight.
Bennetts British Superbike Championship, Oulton Park, Race 3 result:
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