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Bennetts BSB Race 2: O'Halloran charges to Brands Hatch victory

Sunday, July 25 2021

Jason O'Halloran claimed his fourth win of the 2021 Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch this afternoon to reclaim the position at the top of the standings by three points after race two.

Danny Buchan had initially taken the lead from pole position into Paddock Hill Bend for the first time ahead of Tarran Mackenzie and Christian Iddon.

The VisionTrack Ducati rider was instantly on the attack and he moved into second at Hawthorns on the opening lap. A moment for Mackenzie at Westfield dropped him back into fifth, but his McAMS Yamaha teammate O'Halloran had moved into second position, diving down the inside at Paddock Hill Bend on lap four.

A lap later and O'Halloran grabbed the advantage with a decisive move into Stirlings, pushing Buchan into second. However, Iddon was also piling the pressure on the SYNETIQ BMW rider and on the sixth lap; he made his move into Paddock Hill Bend.

Bridewell though was carving his way up the order after losing out off the line and he was soon threatening for a podium position. By half race distance, the Oxford Products Racing Ducati rider was into second. Iddon fought back to reclaim the position but Bridewell was determined and soon back ahead.

Bridewell was chasing down O'Halloran, however despite getting within striking distance; he ended second to score his fourth podium of the season as the McAMS Yamaha team claimed its second win of the weekend.

The battle for the final podium position went down to the wire with Buchan holding third ahead of the final five laps. Behind him however, race one winner Mackenzie was aiming to make amends for his earlier moment, charging through late on to pass Iddon and Buchan to steal the final place on the rostrum.

Buchan was then under pressure from Iddon as he made a final attack over the closing laps to try and claim fourth position. Despite the pair trading blows on the penultimate lap, Buchan had the edge at the chequered flag.

Rory Skinner was able to lead the FS-3 Kawasaki charge in sixth place ahead of teammate Lee Jackson. They had a comfortable margin over Glenn Irwin, Peter Hickman and Gino Rea who completed the top ten.

It was another disastrous race for defending champion Josh Brookes, finishing outside the points in 18th place as his woes continued as he bids to be comfortable again on the VisionTrack Ducati in dry conditions. 

Bennetts British Superbike Championship, Brands Hatch, Race 2, Result
1, Jason O'Halloran, McAMS Yamaha, 20 laps
2, Tommy Bridewell, Oxford Racing Ducati, +2.188s
3, Tarran Mackenzie, McAMS Yamaha, +5.845s
4, Danny Buchan, SYNETIQ BMW Motorrad, +5.758s
5, Christian Iddon, VisionTrack Ducati, +6.503s
6, Rory Skinner, FS-3 Racing Kawasaki, +8.658s
7, Lee Jackson, FS-3 Racing Kawasaki, +9.865s
8, Glenn Irwin, Honda Racing, +18.410s
9, Peter Hickman, FHO Racing BMW, +18.823s
10, Gino Rea, Buildbase Suzuki, +19.093s

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