News 18 Sep 2017

Haslam and Linfoot split BSB victories at Oulton Park

Brookes shifts to runner-up spot in the championship standings.

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Leon Haslam (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) and Dan Linfoot (Honda Racing) have each captured a race victory at Oulton Park’s 10th round of the MCE British Superbike (BSB) Championship, which now sees Haslam lead the standings following the first round of the Showdown.

In the opening race, it was Haslam who hit the front with a narrow 0.314s victory over John Hopkins (Moto Rapido Ducati), who finished just ahead of title contender and Australian Josh Brookes (Anvil Hire Yamaha).

Jake Dixon (RAF Regular and Reserve Kawasaki) and James Ellison (McAms Yamaha) were fourth and fifth respectively, as Aussie Jason O’Halloran endured a difficult start in the Showdown to finish in 10th, still recovering from a crash sustained during Saturday’s proceedings.

The second outing saw Linfoot bounce back from a disappointing DNF in race one to claim his second victory in as many weeks, completing the race just a mere 0.054s ahead of series leader Haslam.

While Haslam was runner-up, Bradley Ray (Buildbase Suzuki) was third, just a fraction behind the leaders to earn his career-first podium in BSB.

Closing out the top five was Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW) and Brookes, who is now runner-up in the title chase, as O’Halloran mustered up eighth to conclude a challenging a weekend.

Aussie Benjamin Currie (Kawasaki) had a stellar weekend in the Supersport division, dominating the class with two race victories, as countrymen Brayden Elliott (Yamaha) and Sam Clarke (Yamaha) lodged 26-24 and DNF-17 scorecards respectively in Superstock 1000.

The next round of the British Superbike Championship is scheduled for 29 September-1 October at the TT Cirucit Assen in The Netherlands.