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Bennetts BSB race 2: O'Halloran surges to victory at Snetterton

Sunday, September 05 2021

Jason O'Halloran upped the stakes by claiming the second Bennetts British Superbike Championship race win of the weekend at Snetterton. The Australian was victorious after an intense last lap battle with his McAMS Yamaha teammate Tarran Mackenzie as Tommy Bridewell completed the podium.

At the start of the race, Gino Rea had launched to the front of the pack from his second row start, and behind him Josh Brookes, Bridewell, Mackenzie and O'Halloran had been the leading contenders.

Mackenzie was instantly on the attack and he made a move at Wilson to put himself into third with Rea and Brookes his next targets. By the third lap, he had dived down the inside of Brookes at Agostini and then the Australian was locking horns with his fellow countryman, as O'Halloran also made a pass.

A lap later and Rea lost the lead with a costly mistake into Wilson, running wide and dropping to fifth position, which handed the lead to Mackenzie with O'Halloran, Bridewell and Jackson ahead of him.

Brookes had also lost some ground and he was then embroiled in the battle for sixth with Andrew Irwin, Ryan Vickers, Danny Buchan and Christian Iddon.

Bridewell then managed to split the McAMS Yamaha teammates by half race distance after O'Halloran ran wide at Wilson. The championship leader though was back attacking the Oxford Products Racing Ducati rider two laps later to regain the position as the leading trio began to edge an advantage.

In the closing stages, O'Halloran had taken the lead on lap 13 with a decisive move at Wilson on Mackenzie, but the pair had Bridewell pushing them both until he had a moment at Coram when he caught his knee slider on the grass. He saved a crash, but just lost a few hundredths of a second to the leading pair ahead of the final two laps.

On the penultimate lap, Mackenzie held the lead, but O'Halloran fought back at Brundle to take the position. However, it wasn't over and on the final lap, Mackenzie regained the advantage on the brakes into Agostini.  

O'Halloran was piling the pressure on his teammate and made his move at the end of the Bentley Straight, before defending hard to take the chequered flag by 0.305s from Mackenzie. Bridewell maintained his run of six consecutive podium finishes with a consistent third place.

Brookes meanwhile had carved his way back through the order to hold off Rea for another fourth position as the defending champion now moves to within 23-points of a potential place in the Showdown with four races remaining.

Jackson was sixth as he still holds on to the eighth place in the standings, fighting off Ryan Vickers on the RAF Regular & Reserve Kawasaki, Andrew Irwin on the leading SYNETIQ BMW and Rory Skinner.

Peter Hickman completed the top ten for FHO Racing BMW from Christian Iddon and Bradley Ray.

Bennetts British Superbike Championship, Snetterton, Race 2 result:

1.     Jason O'Halloran (McAMS Yamaha)
2.     Tarran Mackenzie (McAMS Yamaha) +0.305s
3.     Tommy Bridewell (Oxford Products Racing Ducati) +0.885s
4.     Josh Brookes (VisionTrack Ducati) +2.046s
5.     Gino Rea (Buildbase Suzuki) +2.979s
6.     Lee Jackson (FS-3 Racing Kawasaki) +3.033s
7.     Ryan Vickers (RAF Regular & Reserve Kawasaki) +6.422s
8.     Andrew Irwin (SYNETIQ BMW) +6.473s
9.     Rory Skinner (FS-3 Racing Kawasaki) +8.972s
10.  Peter Hickman (FHO Racing BMW) +10.857s

For the full result please  click here

Bennetts British Superbike Championship standings after Snetterton Race 2:

1.     Jason O'Halloran (McAMS Yamaha) 383
2.     Tarran Mackenzie (McAMS Yamaha) 268
3.     Tommy Bridewell (Oxford Products Racing Ducati) 241
4.     Christian Iddon (VisionTrack Ducati) 228
5.     Peter Hickman (FHO Racing BMW) 215
6.     Danny Buchan (SYNETIQ BMW) 174
7.     Glenn Irwin (Honda Racing) 156
8.     Lee Jackson (FS-3 Racing Kawasaki) 154

For the full standings please  click here