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Bennetts BSB Race 2: Mackenzie storms to victory from 13th

Sunday, October 03 2021

Tarran Mackenzie claimed his second victory of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship Showdown at Donington Park this afternoon, carving his way through the field from his fifth row start to take the lead on the penultimate lap from Danny Buchan and Christian Iddon. The win now gives him an 18-point advantage over McAMS Yamaha teammate Jason O'Halloran at the top of the standings.

Yesterday's race winner Gino Rea had initially led the pack on the opening lap from his pole positon start, but soon young gun Storm Stacey made his move to take the lead as he took advantage of his front row start.

By lap four, Rea was back at the front and was then holding off Iddon, Buchan and Josh Brookes as the Title Fighters bid to try to close down the deficit to the McAMS Yamaha pairing who hold the leading positions in the standings.

Buchan was pushing to make amends for his crash yesterday and he made a move into second on Iddon at the Old Hairpin on lap six, before firing the SYNETIQ BMW to the front with a pass on Rea into the Fogarty Esses.

Buchan and Iddon were then duelling for the lead constantly with the VisionTrack Ducati rider getting back ahead by the start of the twelfth lap, before his BMW rival reclaimed the advantage with three laps remaining.

Whilst the leading pair fought for the victory, Mackenzie had been consistently making his way through the pack, moving into the top six by lap ten before being within striking distance of the leaders just five laps later.

The McAMS Yamaha rider dived ahead of Iddon with three laps remaining, and despite a huge moment at the Melbourne Hairpin, he was instantly able to regain composure and pass Buchan for the lead on the penultimate lap into the Fogarty Esses.

Mackenzie had the edge for the victory, just ahead of Buchan and Iddon with Rea delivering another strong performance to take fourth place for the Buildbase Suzuki team.

Lee Jackson was back inside the top five for the FS-3 Racing Kawasaki team, ahead of Kyle Ryde who had been mixing it with the lead group in the earlier stages of the race.

Tommy Bridewell was the next of the Title Fighters in seventh with Andrew Irwin completing the top eight for SYNETIQ BMW.

O'Halloran was tenth ahead of Glenn Irwin and Josh Brookes, whilst Peter Hickman, the final Title Fighter was forced to retire after a technical problem.

Bennetts British Superbike Championship, Donington Park, Race 2 result:

1.     Tarran Mackenzie (McAMS Yamaha)
2.     Danny Buchan (SYNETIQ BMW) +0.833s
3.     Christian Iddon (VisionTrack Ducati) +1.400s
4.     Gino Rea (Buildbase Suzuki) +2.031s
5.     Lee Jackson (FS-3 Racing Kawasaki) +3.658s
6.     Kyle Ryde (Rich Energy OMG Racing BMW) +4.214s
7.     Tommy Bridewell (Oxford Products Racing Ducati) +4.546s
8.     Andrew Irwin (SYNETIQ BMW) +7.163s
9.     Jason O'Halloran (McAMS Yamaha) +7.928s
10.  Glenn Irwin (Honda Racing) +8.678s

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Bennetts British Superbike Championship standings after Donington Park Race 2:

1.     Tarran Mackenzie (McAMS Yamaha) 1127
2.     Jason O'Halloran (McAMS Yamaha) 1109
3.     Tommy Bridewell (Oxford Products Racing Ducati) 1093
4.     Christian Iddon (VisionTrack Ducati) 1092
5.     Danny Buchan (SYNETIQ BMW) 1061
6.     Peter Hickman (FHO Racing BMW) 1050
7.     Josh Brookes (VisionTrack Ducati) 1047
8.     Glenn Irwin (Honda Racing) 1035

For the full standings please  click here