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Bennetts BSB Race 3: Bridewell dominates at Oulton Park

Sunday, September 26 2021

Tommy Bridewell delivered an imperious performance in the final Bennetts British Superbike Championship race of the weekend at Oulton Park to claim a double win in the opening round of the Showdown to fire himself into title contention for the Oxford Products Racing Ducati team. However, another crash for Jason O'Halloran means he has relinquished the standings lead to teammate Tarran Mackenzie with just two points in it heading to Donington Park for the penultimate round next weekend (1-3 October).

Bridewell launched off the pole position and instantly hit the front of the pack, setting an incredible pace to break his rivals and at the chequered flag he had a 5.972s advantage, with his victory putting him to within nine points of Mackenzie at the top of the standings.

The battle for second raged throughout the 18-lap encounter as Josh Brookes charged into second ahead of Danny Buchan and Mackenzie at the start. By the tenth lap, Mackenzie was into third and hassling Brookes.

Lee Jackson had soon moved into the podium battle, holding fourth and was then dicing with Mackenzie. On lap 14 Jackson made a move on the brakes into Old Hall, but on the exit there was contact between him and Mackenzie as the McAMS Yamaha rider went for the inside line. The pair made contact, which sent the FS-3 Racing Kawasaki rider crashing out of the race.

Mackenzie was then issued a long lap equivalent time penalty of three seconds for contact causing a crash, which dropped him from third on track to fifth at the chequered flag.

It was a disastrous race for the second of the McAMS Yamahas as O'Halloran crashed out of contention for the second time this weekend, this time at Cascades on the twelfth lap. That means he now sits second in the standings ahead of Donington Park in a few days' time.

Brookes was able to hold onto second at the chequered flag with Bradley Ray elevated into third as he became the sixth different rider to celebrate podium success at Oulton Park this weekend for the Rich Energy OMG Racing BMW team.

Peter Hickman claimed fourth place for FHO Racing BMW, just ahead of Mackenzie with Danny Buchan completing the top six for the SYNETIQ BMW team.

Glenn Irwin bounced back from a race three crash to finish in seventh place for Honda Racing, holding off his brother Andrew, whilst Gino Rea and Rory Skinner completed the top ten.

Christian Iddon was the eighth of the Title Fighters in eleventh place after contact with Mackenzie on lap 14, with the VisionTrack Ducati rider taking to the gravel at Lodge. He was able to rejoin in 15th before regaining ground to 11th.

Bennetts British Superbike Championship, Oulton Park, Race 3 result:

1.     Tommy Bridewell (Oxford Products Racing Ducati)
2.     Josh Brookes (VisionTrack Ducati) +5.972s
3.     Bradley Ray (Rich Energy OMG Racing BMW) +6.671s
4.     Peter Hickman (FHO Racing BMW) +9.286s
5.     Tarran Mackenzie (McAMS Yamaha) +9.502s
6.     Danny Buchan (SYNETIQ BMW) +11.021s
7.     Glenn Irwin (Honda Racing) +15.890s
8.     Andrew Irwin (SYNETIQ BMW) +15.956s
9.     Gino Rea (Buildbase Suzuki) +16.082s
10.  Rory Skinner (FS-3 Racing Kawasaki) +24.721s

For the full result please  click here

Bennetts British Superbike Championship standings after Oulton Park:

1.     Tarran Mackenzie (McAMS Yamaha) 1093
2.     Jason O'Halloran (McAMS Yamaha) 1091
3.     Tommy Bridewell (Oxford Products Racing Ducati) 1084
4.     Christian Iddon (VisionTrack Ducati) 1060
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