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Bennetts BSB Race 1: Mackenzie takes impressive Brands Hatch win

Saturday, July 24 2021

Tarran Mackenzie became the fourth different race winner of the 2021 Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch this afternoon as the McAMS Yamaha rider held off the challenge from his rivals in the opening race of the weekend.

Mackenzie fired the McAMS Yamaha off the pole position to take the lead in the 12-lap restarted race, ahead of Bradley Ray and Christian Iddon with Danny Buchan fourth, ahead of Tommy Bridewell, who didn't get the launch he wanted off the line, in fifth.

Iddon was pushing hard in his quest to extend his advantage at the top of the times and by the end of lap two, he had moved into second. Bridewell was also cutting his way through the pack after his poor start and he was shadowing Iddon by the fourth before making a decisive move at Surtees to move into second position.

Bridewell then chased Mackenzie, but the McAMS Yamaha rider just had the edge to the chequered flag with the Oxford Products Racing Ducati rider forced to settle for second. Iddon was able to claim the final podium position though to extend his advantage over Jason O'Halloran in the standings.

Buchan was in the fight for the podium positions but he just missed out for SYNETIQ BMW in fourth place, however just behind him, O'Halloran had delivered a heroic effort to move up the order from his sixth row grid start to finish in the top five.

Lee Jackson led the FS-3 Kawasaki team charge in sixth place, pushing Ray back into seventh on the Rich Energy OMG Racing BMW. Rory Skinner held on to eighth place after a tough race from his front row starting position to finish ahead of defending champion Josh Brookes. Danny Kent completed the top ten for Buildbase Suzuki, nudging Glenn Irwin into eleventh for Honda Racing.

The race had been restarted after Brad Jones (iForce Lloyd & Jones BMW)) crashed on the opening lap at Clark Curve. The race was immediately red flagged and he was attended to by trackside and vehicle medical teams. The rider was unconscious at the scene and transferred to the circuit medical centre for further treatment. He has been evacuated by helicopter to Kings College Hospital, London with a head injury. He remains unconscious. Further information will provided when available.

Bennetts British Superbike Championship, Brands Hatch, Race 1 Result
1, Tarran Mackenzie, McAMS Yamaha, 12 laps
2, Tommy Bridewell, Oxford Racing Ducati, +0.225s
3, Christian Iddon, VisionTrack Ducati, +1.802s
4, Danny Buchan, SYNETIQ BMW Motorrad, +3.589s
5, Jason O'Halloran, McAMS Yamaha, +6.838s
6, Lee Jackson, FS-3 Racing Kawasaki, +7.036s
7, Bradley Ray, Rich Energy OMG Racing, +8.664s
8, Rory Skinner, FS-3 Racing Kawasaki, +10.447s
9, Josh Brookes, VisionTrack Ducati, +13.494s
10, Danny Kent, Buildbase Suzuki, +13.856s

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