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Bennetts BSB eBay Sprint Race: Ray wins wild showdown opener

Saturday, September 24 2022

Bradley Ray continued his quest for a debut Bennetts British Superbike Championship title by claiming the opening race win of the Showdown in a dramatic eBay Sprint Race, as both McAMS Yamaha riders crashed out of contention, shaking up the title fight.

Jason O'Halloran had grabbed the lead at the start of the race from Tommy Bridewell and Ray as the trio got the best launch from the front row.

Bridewell grasped the lead with a move down the inside at Shell Oils corner to move to the front of the pack, but Ray was on the attack. The Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha rider made a move on O'Halloran at Druids, and then launched to the lead on the brakes at Lodge.

Ray then was holding off the pack before making a break in the closing stages to claim his eighth win of the season, but Bridewell was able to return to the podium in second place and that saw him surge from eighth to fifth in the overall standings.

It was drama for McAMS Yamaha; reigning champion Tarran Mackenzie crashed out at Shell Oils corner on lap 12. His DNF now moves Glenn Irwin to within two points of the reigning champion ahead of tomorrow's two races.

On the final lap, there was contact between O'Halloran and Peter Hickman as the FHO Racing BMW rider made a move at Druids. The McAMS Yamaha rider crashed out of the race, which then promoted Leon Haslam into a podium finish for the VisionTrack Kawasaki team.

Hickman crossed the line in fourth place, but was disqualified from the result for the incident with O'Halloran. That promoted Irwin up to fourth place for Honda Racing UK, ahead of Danny Buchan on the SYNETIQ BMW.

Lee Jackson battled his way back through the pack to finish sixth on the Cheshire Mouldings FS-3 Kawasaki, with Christian Iddon in seventh for Buildbase Suzuki.

Title Fighters Rory Skinner and Kyle Ryde featured in eighth and ninth respectively with Josh Brookes promoted to tenth place ahead of tomorrow's two Showdown races.

Bennetts British Superbike Championship, Oulton Park, eBay Sprint Race result:

  1. Bradley Ray (Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha)
  2. Tommy Bridewell (Oxford Products Racing Ducati) +2.765s
  3. Leon Haslam (VisionTrack Kawasaki) +3.438s
  4. Glenn Irwin (Honda Racing UK) +4.022s
  5. Danny Buchan (SYNETIQ BMW) +5.508s
  6. Lee Jackson (Cheshire Mouldings FS-3 Kawasaki) +7.537s
  7. Christian Iddon (Buildbase Suzuki) +8.015s
  8. Rory Skinner (Cheshire Mouldings FS-3 Kawasaki) +8.533s
  9. Kyle Ryde (Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha) +12.699s
  10. Josh Brookes (MCE Ducati) +14.967s

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The full sanction document can be found by clicking  here

Bennetts British Superbike Championship standings:

  1. Bradley Ray (Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha) 1086
  2. Jason O'Halloran (McAMS Yamaha) 1048
  3. Tarran Mackenzie (McAMS Yamaha) 1031
  4. Glenn Irwin (Honda Racing UK) 1029
  5. Tommy Bridewell (Oxford Products Racing Ducati) 1028
  6. Lee Jackson (Cheshire Mouldings FS-3 Kawasaki) 1024
  7. Kyle Ryde (Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha) 1020
  8. Rory Skinner (Cheshire Mouldings FS-3 Kawasaki) 1017

For the full standings please click  here