Belfast Telegraph

Warren sparkles before rain wipes out action

By Paul Lindsay

A catalogue of wet weather incidents during yesterday’s Supersport race forced two red flags, followed by the abandonment of the opening round of the British Superbike Championship on Easter Monday at Brands Hatch in Kent.

Sam Warren took Sunday’s Supersport race one victory from series favourite Ben Wilson, with Puali Pekkanen third.

Glenn Irwin was the top Supersport Cup competitor in fifth place with Mar-Train Yamahas Jack Kennedy sixth.

Kennedy was awarded the win in Sunday’s incident-packed second race after the aforementioned red flags, giving Tim Martin’s Lisburn-based team a debut victory on the opening weekend of the season.

Sam Warren and Billy McConnell were second and third respectively.

Prior to the abandonement and despite wet and windy conditions, it was a fairly successful day for local riders, with no less than three Ulstermen standing on Brands Hatch podiums in as many different classes.

Carrick’s Alastair Seeley, making a return to the premier Superbike class with Tyco Suzuki by TAS Racing, was unfortunate no to take a debut victory for Hector and Philip Neill’s new title sponsors.

The current British Supersport champion worked his way through the pack from the fourth row of the grid to lead in the closing stages, but was mugged on the drag to the line by Samsung Honda’s Jon Kirkham.

Clogher’s Keith Farmer made an auspicious debut in the National Superstock 1000cc class, taking the victory for Paul Bird’s Rapid Solicitor’s Kawasaki team.

While others tiptoed around in the damp conditions Farmer impressively forced his way through from the sixth row of the grid, and despite some initial opposition from Steve Brogan, Farmer went on to take the win by three seconds.

Brogan was second on the Buildbase BMW with Aussie Jason O’Halloran third on the Samsung Honda.

Local men Cody Nally, Gerard Kinghan and Josh Elliott all crashed out in the early stages with a total of fifteen non-finishers in the difficult conditions.

Portadown man Woolsey Coulter, a former British 250cc and North West 200 winner, rolled back the years in the Ducati 848, taking second place in race two behind Robbie Brown.

Castlerock’s Marty Nutt, who set the pole position time in the class, crashed out heavily during Sunday’s opening 848 Challenge race at Paddock Hill bend, breaking bones in his neck and back, which will keep him out of action for at least two months.

The next round of the Championship is this coming weekend at Thruxton in Hampshire.

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