O’Halloran seals second win as Irwin claims first podium of 2021

O’Halloran seals second win as Irwin claims first podium of 2021

01 August 2021

Jason O'Halloran continued his impressive winning momentum in the Bennetts British Superbike Championship, claiming victory in the second race of the weekend for McAMS Yamaha, to return to the top of the standings.

O’Halloran again got the best launch off the line as he led Glenn Irwin and Lee Jackson, with Christian Iddon, Ryan Vickers and Peter Hickman tucked in behind.

Vickers went for a big move on Iddon on lap three at the Chicane, making contact, which pushed the pair wide, and losing them ground. The RAF Regular & Reserve Kawasaki rider was issued a long lap penalty following the incident.

At the front, O’Halloran was starting to gradually break the pack, but behind, Glenn Irwin was holding second as the Honda Racing team bounced back after his huge crash yesterday. Vickers was in third until he took the long lap penalty, which dropped him down the order.

Tarran Mackenzie had meanwhile burst through the field; he had been running outside of the top eight on the opening laps and by lap nine he had moved into fifth to be in the podium fight.

There was disaster for Iddon and Jackson; the pair had been battling for third place, but they crashed out together on lap 10. The DNF for Iddon meant he lost the lead at the top of the standings to O’Halloran as the position at the top continues to swing between the pair.

That left the battle for second as a five-way scrap with Glenn Irwin getting his initial advantage closed down in the closing stages as he had Vickers, Bradley Ray, Mackenzie and Hickman in close contention.

Vickers crashed out unhurt on the final lap as he was pushing for his first podium in Bennetts BSB as Mackenzie led the fight for second place.

Glenn Irwin was able to make a strong comeback on the final lap to get back ahead of Ray to claim the final podium position ahead of Hickman who completed the top five for FHO Racing BMW.

Kyle Ryde scored his best result of the season so far in sixth place, coming back from an opening lap crash yesterday to hold off the SYNETIQ BMW pairing of Danny Buchan and Andrew Irwin.

The Buildbase Suzuki teammates completed the top ten with Danny Kent in ninth despite a long lap penalty and Gino Rea in tenth place.

Bennetts British Superbike Championship, Thruxton, Race 2 result:

1.     Jason O'Halloran (McAMS Yamaha)
2.     Tarran Mackenzie (McAMS Yamaha) +3.597s
3.     Glenn Irwin (Honda Racing) +3.921s
4.     Bradley Ray (Rich Energy OMG Racing BMW) +4.210s
5.     Peter Hickman (FHO Racing BMW) +4.853s
6.     Kyle Ryde (Rich Energy OMG Racing BMW) +12.288s
7.     Danny Buchan (SYNETIQ BMW) +14.530s
8.     Andrew Irwin (SYNETIQ BMW) +15.614s
9.     Danny Kent (Buildbase Suzuki) +16.247s
10.  Gino Rea (Buildbase Suzuki) +16.559s

Bennetts British Superbike Championship standings after Thruxton race two:

1.     Jason O'Halloran (McAMS Yamaha) 207
2.     Christian Iddon (VisionTrack Ducati) 183
3.     Tarran Mackenzie (McAMS Yamaha) 164
4.     Danny Buchan (SYNETIQ BMW) 142
5.     Tommy Bridewell (Oxford Products Racing Ducati) 110
6.     Peter Hickman (FHO Racing BMW) 100
7.     Rory Skinner (FS-3 Racing Kawasaki) 93
8.     Lee Jackson (FS-3 Racing Kawasaki) 84