Fast from the off, the team worked through set-up options in practice, fine tuning their Öhlins suspension for maximum adhesion from the rear, combined with front end stability and feel. They also experimented with using worn tyres with differing fuel levels to simulate late race pace, a specialism of Kennedy.
Qualifying was an exciting affair as Brad looked set for his first pole position but almost inevitably Jack slammed in a late, fast lap to take the top spot with a 1:51.511 circulation. This was half a second faster than he’d been circulating just beforehand! Brad was +0.275s in arrears for the second slot on the grid.
As usual in the Dickies Supersport 600 format, the riders qualify on Saturday and then take to the grid for the short 10 lap sprint race.
Jack grabbed the holeshot from pole position and quickly started to pull a gap over the chasing pack, with Brad in close attention before he was overtaken by Alastair Seeley. These two then had a great battle but just as it looked like Seeley had the advantage, Brad out-dragged the more experienced man to the line, to finish just 0.033ahead.
Sunday’s longer, 15 lap race saw Brad lead the field into the opening corner and exchange places several times with Seeley. Brad also took the fastest lap of the weekend with a scorching 1:51.194 lap.
Jack bided his time to move into the front and as only he could, he pushed on to break the rest of the competitors. At the flag he was a dominant seven seconds in front of Brad, who by his own later admission backed off to save his tyres but manged to stay ahead of Seeley.
"“I could do fast laps early on but then as the second race went on and the tyre went off I backed it all off a bit. Two second places is good and we’re closing the gap to second.”"
With nine wins, Jack now has a strong 22 point lead and intriguingly Brad is closing the gap on Seeley, just 11 points in arrears.
The series resumes in a fortnight in the tyre shredding, super-fast Thruxton circuit in Hampshire - Wish you both the best of luck from all at Colin Appleyard!
"“It’s been the perfect weekend to be honest and I’ve been comfortable since the get go. The lads have given be an awesome machine and it’s been pretty easy to ride it to the maximum. Nine wins is a good feeling and Brad’s done a great job again.”"
"“I can’t fault the team, it’s been another mega weekend and no short cuts have been made from free practice onwards. Jack showed how he can up the pace on worn tyres; it’s really impressive how well he does that to be honest. Brad took the fastest lap of the weekend, battled at the front and beat Alastair in two fair fights, so he must have his eyes on runner-up in the series.”"
DICKIES BRITISH SUPERSPORT CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS:
Jack Kennedy (Colin Appleyard Macadam Yamaha) 245
Alastair Seeley (EHA Racing) 223
Brad Jones (Colin Appleyard Macadam Yamaha) 212