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BSB Thruxton Race 3: O'Halloran claims stunning hat trick

Sunday, August 01 2021

Jason O'Halloran proved to be a master of all conditions at Thruxton, claiming the third Bennetts British Superbike Championship race win of the weekend in damp conditions, holding off Danny Buchan and Danny Kent, who celebrated his first podium finish.

The race was declared wet, but with the chance of a drying track, tyre choices proved to be mixed and at the start of the race, O'Halloran had initially taken the lead. The McAMS Yamaha rider made a late change on the grid to an intermediate rear tyre, but that gave Peter Hickman and Tarran Mackenzie the edge over the opening laps as they soon moved ahead with their choice of the rain rear tyre.

Hickman had grabbed the lead for FHO Racing BMW, and together with Mackenzie, they initially had gapped the pack as O'Halloran diced with Lee Jackson for third over the opening laps.

Buchan was making a charge through the order onboard the SYNETIQ BMW with the intermediate rear tyre option, and by lap six he was hassling O'Halloran for third place.

Buchan moved into second a lap later, but O'Halloran was instantly on the attack and he reclaimed the positon as the track conditions were changing and Hickman was soon falling back into the clutches of the chasing group.

By the ninth lap, O'Halloran and Buchan had made their move on Hickman to take the leading positons and two laps later the SYNETIQ BMW had hit the front again.

The McAMS Yamaha rider was leading again just a lap later and the pair continued to fight for win, but at the chequered flag, it was O'Halloran who had the edge over Buchan by 0.826s.

Meanwhile Kent had carved his way into a top three position by lap 12 and he was able to gap the pack behind him to become the ninth different podium finisher, a career first for the former Moto3 World champion.

Ryan Vickers equalled his best result of the season in fourth place for the RAF Regular & Reserve Kawasaki team ahead of the battling Irwin brothers.

Andrew Irwin scored his best finish in 2021 for SYNETIQ BMW in fifth place ahead of brother Glenn and Tarran Mackenzie.

Hickman ended the race eighth ahead of Christian Iddon and Bradley Ray who completed the top ten.

Bennetts British Superbike Championship, Thruxton, Race 3 result:

1.     Jason O'Halloran (McAMS Yamaha)
2.     Danny Buchan (SYNETIQ BMW) +0.826s
3.     Danny Kent (Buildbase Suzuki) +1.834s
4.     Ryan Vickers (RAF Regular & Reserve Kawasaki) +5.643s
5.     Andrew Irwin (SYNETIQ VBMW) +10.310s
6.     Glenn Irwin (Honda Racing) +12.511s
7.     Tarran Mackenzie (McAMS Yamaha) +12.791s
8.     Peter Hickman (FHO Racing BMW) +18.912s
9.     Christian Iddon (VisionTrack Ducati) +19.881s
10.  Bradley Ray (Rich Energy OMG Racing BMW) +21.975s

Bennetts British Superbike Championship standings after Thruxton:

1.     Jason O'Halloran (McAMS Yamaha) 232
2.     Christian Iddon (VisionTrack Ducati) 190
3.     Tarran Mackenzie (McAMS Yamaha) 173
4.     Danny Buchan (SYNETIQ BMW) 162
5.     Tommy Bridewell (Oxford Products Racing Ducati) 110
6.     Peter Hickman (FHO Racing BMW) 108
7.     Rory Skinner (FS-3 Racing Kawasaki) 93
8.     Lee Jackson (FS-3 Racing Kawasaki) 88