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Stand-in Farmer puts himself firmly in shop window with podiums

 

By Paul Lindsay

Keith Farmer moved into second place in the British Supersport Championship after a strong day in the saddle yesterday at Brands Hatch with third and second placed podium finishes.

The Clogher ace is about to give his Appleyard Yamaha team a major headache, with just today’s feature race at the Easter meeting and a weekend of action at Oulton Park on May Day Monday, ending his stand-in requirements for the injured Luke Jones.

Regardless, the Cumbrian-based Ulsterman was in blistering form and despite current championship leader Tarran Mackenzie winning both races yesterday for the McCAMS Yamaha squad, Farmer has put himself back in the shop window and should not be discounted in today’s feature British Supersport race.

Speaking afterwards, the modest racer, said: “The team have put together a great package for me and I know it all comes to an end after Oulton Park, but I fully understood the circumstances when I was asked to stand in for Luke. It’s a matter of just plugging away and hoping something turns up.”

Andrew Irwin took second place in yesterday’s opening Supersport race but crashed out of race two while leading on the opening lap and didn’t make the re-start when his Gearlink Kawasaki was too badly damaged.

Seeley, riding the Triumph powered Spirit Racing Moto2 machine — which is being used as a pilot scheme for the class — isn’t allowed to score points, but it didn’t stop him from crossing the line fifth and second.

Boosted with Ulster talent, the middleweight class also saw EHA [Yamaha] Racing’s David Allingham take third place in yesterday’s second British Supersport encounter, with Dubliner Jack Kennedy ninth in the MV Agusta.

The feature British Superbike Championship saw James Ellison take pole position for today’s opening race at 1.30pm with race two at 4.30pm.

His Northern Irish team-mate Michael Laverty will start on row three in ninth place, alongside Tyco BMW’s Christian Iddon (seventh) and Anvil TAG Yamaha’s Josh Brookes (eighth). Glenn Irwin starts 13th on his Ducati.

Eugene McManus had a brief spell in the lead of yesterday’s Motostar race but was caught up behind an incident that potentially cost him his debut win aboard his KTM. He starts on the front row today.

Ian Hutchinson took third place for Tyco BMW in the shortened 50-mile Stock 1000 race for the Moneymore-based team.

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