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Donington Bennetts BSB thriller sets up Brands Hatch finale

Monday, October 05 2020

Three different riders and three different teams celebrated victory at Donington Park in the penultimate event in the 2020 Bennetts British Superbike Championship battle, with five riders mathematically in with a fight for the title at the Brands Hatch season finale (October 16/17/18).

Josh Brookes leads the standings by 16-points ahead of the triple-header decider at Brands Hatch, but despite being crowned the Monster Energy King of Donington today (Sunday), the Australian claimed one race victory with growing competition from his opposition.

In the opening race of the weekend, Andrew Irwin returned to the form that saw him claim a double victory at the circuit's season opener, and the Honda Racing rider delivered a perfect race to score his first podium since the last visit to Donington Park.

Andrew Irwin's victory was all the more important for Honda Racing after championship leader Glenn Irwin crashed out unhurt on the opening lap, and then had to regroup and rebound strongly in the next two rounds to avoid losing ground before the season finale.

The VisionTrack Ducati teammates completed the podium line up in the opening race, with Christian Iddon holding off Brookes to have another strong podium-finishing performance ahead of Tarran Mackenzie and Ryan Vickers, who celebrated his best finish for RAF Regular & Reserve Kawasaki.

It wasn't to be another Donington Park double for Andrew Irwin though; when he crashed out with Ryan Vickers on the opening lap of the second race. At the front, Kyle Ryde had initially held the advantage, but a technical problem forced him out of the action.

Brookes had gathered pace and the VisionTrack Ducati rider edged out a lead, however it did begin to get closed down by O'Halloran in the closing stages but not enough to deny him the victory.

The McAMS Yamaha team celebrated a double podium finish in the second race as Mackenzie snatched third place from Gino Rea, who was another rider to claim his best result of the season today at Donington Park.

The final race of the weekend began with Brookes getting the jump off the line, but the VisionTrack Ducati rider had to settle for third place after Mackenzie stole the show in the closing laps, making McAMS Yamaha the third different winning team of the day.

Mackenzie had been able to hold off the challenges from Glenn Irwin, who had an impressive performance to end his weekend with a podium finish, and the Honda Racing rider now holds third place in the standings and an 18-point deficit to Brookes.

Bennetts British Superbike Championship, Donington Park, Round 13 result:

  1. Andrew Irwin (Honda Racing)
  2. Christian Iddon (VisionTrack Ducati) +1.824s
  3. Josh Brookes (VisionTrack Ducati) +2.508s
  4. Tarran Mackenzie (McAMS Yamaha) +8.048s
  5. Ryan Vickers (RAF Regular & Reserve Kawasaki) +10.776s
  6. Gino Rea (Buildbase Suzuki) +12.297s
  7. Jack Kennedy (RAF Regular & Reserve Kawasaki) +12.387s
  8. Kyle Ryde (Buildbase Suzuki) +13.841s
  9. Danny Buchan (Rapid Fulfillment FS-3 Kawasaki) +17.938s
  10. Lee Jackson (Rapid Fulfillment FS-3 Kawasaki) +25.058s

Bennetts British Superbike Championship, Donington Park, Round 14 result:

  1. Josh Brookes (VisionTrack Ducati)
  2. Jason O'Halloran (McAMS Yamaha) +0.578s
  3. Tarran Mackenzie (McAMS Yamaha) +1.805s
  4. Gino Rea (Buildbase Suzuki) +3.123s
  5. Tommy Bridewell (Oxford Products Racing Ducati) +4.419s
  6. Christian Iddon (VisionTrack Ducati) +4.908s
  7. Glenn Irwin (Honda Racing) +7.734s
  8. Jack Kennedy (RAF Regular and Reserve Kawasaki) +8.307s
  9. Luke Mossey (Rich Energy OMG Racing BMW) +11.511s
  10. Joe Francis (Lloyd & Bowker BMW Motorrad) +12.165s

Bennetts British Superbike Championship, Donington Park, Round 15 result:

  1. Tarran Mackenzie (McAMS Yamaha)
  2. Glenn Irwin (Honda Racing) +1.223s
  3. Josh Brookes (VisionTrack Ducati) +3.951s
  4. Christian Iddon (VisionTrack Ducati) +6.742s
  5. Gino Rea (Buildbase Suzuki) +7.441s
  6. Lee Jackson (Rapid Fulfillment FS-3 Kawasaki) +7.685s
  7. Andrew Irwin (Honda Racing) +8.090s
  8. Jason O'Halloran (McAMS Yamaha) +9.274s
  9. Luke Mossey (Rich Energy OMG Racing BMW) +10.383s
  10. Joe Francis (Lloyd & Bowker BMW Motorrad) +10.860s

Bennetts British Superbike Championship standings after Round 15:

  1. Josh Brookes (VisionTrack Ducati) 225
  2. Christian Iddon (VisionTrack Ducati) 209
  3. Glenn Irwin (Honda Racing) 207
  4. Jason O'Halloran (McAMS Yamaha) 206
  5. Tarran Mackenzie (McAMS Yamaha) 179
  6. Tommy Bridewell (Oxford Products Racing Ducati) 146
  7. Andrew Irwin (Honda Racing) 139
  8. Lee Jackson (Rapid Fulfillment FS-3 Kawasaki) 131
  9. Kyle Ryde (Buildbase Suzuki) 130
  10. Danny Buchan (Rapid Fulfillment FS-3 Kawasaki) 101

For more information on the Bennetts British Superbike Championship visit www.britishsuperbike.com