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Bennetts BSB race 1: Rea reigns at Donington Park

Saturday, October 02 2021

Gino Rea celebrated his first podium finish in the Bennetts British Superbike Championship in style at Donington Park today, mastering the tricky conditions to claim his debut victory for the Buildbase Suzuki team as several of the Title Fighters crashed out of the action.

At the start, Rea launched off the pole position to hit the front of the field heading into Redgate for the first time. The Buildbase Suzuki contender was ahead of Danny Buchan and Glenn Irwin, but as the pack reached Goddards, Buchan had edged the SYNETIQ BMW ahead to take the lead.

Buchan held the advantage for two laps before running wide on the exit of Redgate on the third lap, handing the lead back to Rea, who then continued to post a sequence of rapid times to break the pack and build an advantage at the front. Rea controlled the race to become the eighth different race winner of the season.

Peter Hickman was the first of the Title Fighters to tumble out of contention at Starkeys on lap three, with Glenn Irwin crashing out a few corners later on the brakes into the Fogarty Esses.

As Rea had a comfortable time advantage, behind Josh Brookes had moved into second on the VisionTrack Ducati with Tommy Bridewell and Lee Jackson in the closing pack. However the reigning champion couldn't save an off track moment, and he tipped off on the grass at Schwantz Curve on the fifth lap.

Title Fighter Tommy Bridewell was another rider to end his race prematurely and just a few corners later than rival Brookes, he slid out of contention into Coppice.

That elevated Storm Stacey into second position on the LKQ Euro Car Parts Kawasaki; however, he too crashed out on the ninth lap at Redgate, meaning the podium line up changed again as Lee Jackson moved into second with Christian Iddon and Kyle Ryde next in the chasing pack.

The trio took the fight for the podium down to the wire on the final lap, with Ryde emerging ahead to claim second and become the 13th different rider to have scored a podium finish, with Iddon salvaging a strong third after his sixth row start.

Jackson equalled his best result of the season in fourth place just ahead of McAMS Yamaha's Jason O'Halloran who now sits level on points with teammate Tarran Mackenzie ahead of tomorrow's two races.

Joe Francis made an impressive debut with the FHO Racing BMW team to score a sixth place finish with Ryan Vickers, Bradley Ray and Rory Skinner completing the top ten despite a back of the grid start after falling on the sighting lap.

Bennetts British Superbike Championship, Donington Park, BikeSocial Race 1:

1.     Gino Rea (Buildbase Suzuki)
2.     Kyle Ryde (Rich Energy OMG Racing BMW) +2.016s
3.     Christian Iddon (VisionTrack Ducati) +3.405s
4.     Lee Jackson (FS-3 Racing Kawasaki) +3.518s
5.     Jason O'Halloran (McAMS Yamaha) +44.703s
6.     Joe Francis (FHO Racing BMW) +52.859s
7.     Tarran Mackenzie (McAMS Yamaha) +57.782s
8.     Ryan Vickers (RAF Regular & Reserve Kawasaki) +1m:02.000s
9.     Bradley Ray (Rich Energy OMG Racing BMW) +1m:06.234s
10.  Rory Skinner (FS-3 Racing Kawasaki) +1m:12.423s

For the full result please  click here

Bennetts British Superbike Championship standings after Donington Park Race 1:

1.     Jason O'Halloran (McAMS Yamaha) 1102
2.     Tarran Mackenzie (McAMS Yamaha) 1102
3.     Tommy Bridewell (Oxford Products Racing Ducati) 1084
4.     Christian Iddon (VisionTrack Ducati) 1076
5.     Peter Hickman (FHO Racing BMW) 1050
6.     Josh Brookes (VisionTrack Ducati) 1042
7.     Danny Buchan (SYNETIQ BMW) 1041
8.     Glenn Irwin (Honda Racing) 1029

For the full standings please  click here

Tickets for the Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Donington Park are available on the gate all weekend. Click here for more information.