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Haslam scores a hat-trick to lead Shakey into BSB Showdown

Sunday, September 11 2016

Leon Haslam completed an incredible hat trick of victories in the triple-header event at Oulton Park today (Sunday) to move to the top of the standings by just three points ahead of Shane 'Shakey' Byrne.

The final race of the weekend produced incredible amounts of drama as Jason O'Halloran hit the lead on the opening lap before James Ellison stormed to the front with Haslam in third and Luke Mossey in close contention as he battled for his Showdown position.

The five riders fighting for the final two places in the Showdown were scrapping intensely for the positions, but a huge crash for Jake Dixon at Hizzys meant the Nissan GT-R Safety Car was deployed.

O'Halloran had taken the lead, but when the race resumed the Honda Racing rider suffered a technical issue and was forced to retire, with James Ellison also experiencing a problem with the JG Speedfit Kawasaki, with the pair sidelined in the closing stages.

Dan Linfoot was holding fifth position when the Honda Racing rider crashed out, the Honda Racing rider got to his feet in despair but with Michael Laverty only holding fourth place and Mossey moving into a podium position, his place was safe in the Showdown by just four points.

Haslam was holding off Mossey at the front and with O'Halloran and Ellison sidelined Tommy Bridewell was promoted to third as the gritty contender bounced back from his huge crash yesterday. Laverty held off Byrne for fourth place with Richard Cooper finishing sixth to also miss out on a Showdown place.

Peter Hickman got ahead of Lee Jackson for seventh position with Christian Iddon and Broc Parkes completing the top ten for ePayMe Yamaha.

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship, Oulton Park, race three result:

  1. Leon Haslam (JG Speedfit Kawasaki)
  2. Luke Mossey (Quattro Plant Teccare Kawasaki) +1.336s
  3. Tommy Bridewell (Bennetts Suzuki) +2.654s
  4. Michael Laverty (Tyco BMW) +4.594s
  5. Shane Byrne (Be Wiser Ducati) +4.657s
  6. Richard Cooper (Buildbase BMW) +5.423s
  7. Peter Hickman (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) +8.784s
  8. Lee Jackson (Buildbase BMW) +8.880s
  9. Christian Iddon (Tyco BMW)+9.591s
  10. Broc Parkes (ePayMe Yamaha) +9.752s

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship standings ahead of the Showdown:

  1. Leon Haslam (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) 546
  2. Shane Byrne (Be Wiser Ducati) 543
  3. Jason O'Halloran (Honda Racing) 513
  4. James Ellison (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) 513
  5. Dan Linfoot (Honda Racing) 511
  6. Luke Mossey (Quattro Plant Teccare Kawasaki) 506

Click here to visit the official MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship website.

The next major event at Oulton Park is the Stage Rally and Fireworks event on Saturday 5 November. Tickets are available online for £15, with free entry for under-13s. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click here.