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Bennetts BSB Race 1: Showdown drama as Mackenzie wins

Saturday, September 25 2021

The opening round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship Showdown produced high drama at Oulton Park as championship leader Jason O'Halloran crashed out after hitting the front of the pack as his teammate Tarran Mackenzie claimed the victory following a last lap move on Josh Brookes. Now just five points separate the McAMS Yamahas at the top of the standings.

O'Halloran had taken the lead into Old Hall for the first time as the Showdown kicked off in Cheshire, but Brookes was instantly attacking and moved ahead before the pack streamed into Shell on the opening lap.

The championship leader was soon back ahead as the Australians duelled for the leading position with O'Halloran holding the edge on the third lap, before Brookes regained the advantage at Hizzys.

The resurgent VisionTrack Ducati rider was defending hard from O'Halloran at the front of the field, as reigning champion Brookes bids for a late championship comeback. On the tenth lap, his McAMS Yamaha rival made a decisive move at Knickerbrook as O'Halloran regained command of the race.

However, whilst pushing to break away from Brookes, O'Halloran dramatically crashed out at Knickerbrook on the penultimate lap, handing the lead back to Brookes who was holding off Mackenzie, Christian Iddon and Lee Jackson.

Brookes was defending from Mackenzie, but the McAMS Yamaha rider made his move on the brakes into Hizzys on the final lap, before claiming his sixth win of the season and move to within five points of O'Halloran in the standings.

Iddon had a dash to the line to hold off Jackson to make it a double podium finish for the VisionTrack Ducati team, whilst Peter Hickman completed the top five for FHO Racing BMW.

Tommy Bridewell stormed up the order from 15th on the grid to finish sixth ahead of Danny Buchan, as the SYNETIQ BMW rider had to work his way through the pack after taking evasive action when Ryan Vickers crashed out ahead of him on the opening lap.

Glenn Irwin, Bradley Ray and Storm Stacey completed the top ten ahead of tomorrow's two races.

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

1.     Tarran Mackenzie (McAMS Yamaha)
2.     Josh Brookes (VisionTrack Ducati) +0.087s
3.     Christian Iddon (VisionTrack Ducati) +0.372s
4.     Lee Jackson (FS-3 Racing Kawasaki) +0.396s
5.     Peter Hickman (FHO Racing BMW) +5.925s
6.     Tommy Bridewell (Oxford Products Racing Ducati) +7.181s
7.     Danny Buchan (SYNETIQ BMW) +11.476s
8.     Glenn Irwin (Honda Racing) +12.087s
9.     Bradley Ray (Rich Energy OMG Racing BMW) +15.058s
10.  Storm Stacey (Team LKQ Euro Car Parts Kawasaki) +17.796s

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Bennetts British Superbike Championship standings after Oulton Park Race 1:

1.     Jason O'Halloran (McAMS Yamaha) 1071
2.     Tarran Mackenzie (McAMS Yamaha) 1066
3.     Christian Iddon (VisionTrack Ducati) 1042
4.     Tommy Bridewell (Oxford Products Racing Ducati) 1034
5.     Peter Hickman (FHO Racing BMW) 1026
6.     Danny Buchan (SYNETIQ BMW) 1023
7.     Josh Brookes (VisionTrack Ducati) 1022
8.     Glenn Irwin (Honda Racing) 1020

For the full standings please  click here