News 20 Mar 2022

Queensland SSP double boosts Edwards into points-lead

Support class reports and results following action-packed weekend.

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A double victory in the Supersport category at round two of the 2022 Mi-Bike Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK) has resulted in Tom Edwards boosting himself into the series lead at Queensland Raceway.

Winning the opening race of the weekend was Edwards, the pole-setter successfully converting from P1 on the grid to victory lane, but it didn’t come easy.

It was initially John Lytras who led the opening six laps, before Edwards took control of a four-rider train at the front and went on to win the 14-lap encounter by 3.170s – setting a new lap record of 1m11.110s in the process.

Behind him, Scott Nicholson (Yamaha) impressed in P2 after edging Lytras to the line, while Olly Simpson (Yamaha) overcame a 10-second jump-start penalty to salvage fourth position. The top five was filled by Ty Lynch (Yamaha), followed by Tom Drane (Yamaha), Mitch Kuhne (Yamaha), the returning Troy Guenther (Yamaha), Chris Quinn (Yamaha) and Rhys Belling (Yamaha).

Both Tom Bramich (Yamaha) and Dallas Skeer (Yamaha) crashed out of contention, while Jack Hyde (Yamaha) exited after going off-track himself.

Race two of the day in the Supersport class saw Edwards kept honest until the final laps when he managed to stretch an advantage and complete the double for the weekend.

His final winning margin came in at 1.489s ahead of Lytras, who improved by one place this afternoon, and it was Simpson who was third after factoring in the battle for victory during the early stages. Nicholson climbed to fourth by race’s end after getting the better of Bramich, as Drane, Lynch, Kuhne, Guenther and Belling were the top 10.

The overall for the round this weekend was Edwards on a perfect 51 points, with Lytras and Nicholson also on the podium overall. In terms of the championship standings, Edwards has overcome his DNF at the opener to take over at the top, two points up on Simpson, with Lytras a further nine makers back in third.

The Supersport 300 category was won by Glenn Nelson (Yamaha) after taking out both races today, joined on the podium by pole-setter Cameron Dunker (Yamaha) and race one winner James Jacobs (Kawasaki). Dunker won the R3 Cup overall after winning race three, turning the tables on Nelson, with Hayden Nelson third.

Winning the bLU cRU Oceania Junior Cup weekend was Harrison Watts for the second round in a row, topping race three this afternoon and joined on the overall podium by Ryan Larkin, as well as yesterday’s opening race winner Hunter Corney.

Next on the schedule for the 2022 ASBK season will be round three at Wakefield Park in New South Wales, set for 22-24 April.

Detailed results