Jack Kennedy continued his unstoppable form taking wins number ten and eleven in the series whilst young Brad Jones enjoyed strong support at his local circuit and leapfrogged over series rival Alastair Seeley to go second in the series.
The fast, ultra-abrasive circuit is renowned for punishing tyres in particular leaving the right side of the tyre extremeley worn. With this in mind, the Colin Appleyard Macadam team worked to set up their YZF-R6 machines for maximum durability from their Pirelli treaded tyres.
Jack Kennedy secured his fifth pole position of the season at Thruxton, dipping under the lap record to fend off a timesheet challenge from Kyle Ryde on his GP2 bike and teammate Brad Jones. Series rival Alastair Seeley had a ‘shocker’, slipping off in qualifying
Warm and humid conditions greeted the competitors for the first Dickies Supersport 600 race on Saturday afternoon for a short but sharp 12 lapper.
Eager to impress in front of his local fans Brad launched off the line to get the holeshot but was overhauled by Jack during the first lap. Jack then seemed to be controlling the race before the safety car was deployed on lap seven.
The BMW M4 bunched the pack back up, which worked to the benefit of Seeley as he moved through the field. The car pulled back in on lap ten and it was then battle stations as the lead swapped several times with Jack taking the win ahead of Brad.
Race two was held over 18 laps meaning tyre conservation was always going to be more of an issue. It was again a carbon copy start, with Brad taking the lead before he was again overtaken by Jack.
Another epic battle ensued between Jack and Kyle following a safety car intervention on lap five, and the battle continued throughout the race resulting in yet another win for Jack and a further second place for Brad.
Jack has now extended his series lead to 43 points, with Brad in second place holding a four point advantage over Alastair Seeley!
"“We had a plan for the races but it was hard to get away from the GP2 bike, especially as it is so strong on the brakes. Ultimately Kyle isn’t in our championship but it was a great battle nonetheless. A couple more wins is great and Brad’s done so well to overhaul Seeley in the points.”"
"“It’s been a really fun weekend with mega support at my local track. Two holeshots is great but doesn’t get you any points! It’s good to be in a 1-2 position for the team, I need to defend that and see if I can reach Jack in the remaining races.”"
"“Another great team performance this weekend, and the reward is coming away with one and two in the series. Brad’s had a lot of local support this weekend and went about his work as usual, which has resulted in jumping over Seeley in the points and Jack has enjoyed racing a GP2 bike all weekend which has made for good TV.”"
DICKIES BRITISH SUPERSPORT CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS:
Jack Kennedy (Colin Appleyard Macadam Yamaha) 295
Alastair Seeley (EHA Racing) 252
Brad Jones (Colin Appleyard Macadam Yamaha) 248