Farmer ploughs ahead with Supersport title bid after main rivals fail to finish
Clogher Bullet Keith Farmer's bid for a third British title received a significant boost yesterday as he extended his lead in the Dickies British Supersport Championship at Cadwell Park.
Farmer, who won back-to-back crowns in the Superstock 600 and 1000 classes in 2011 and 2012, stretched his title advantage to 58 points after his closest rivals both failed to finish.
Dublin's Jack Kennedy was forced out of second place on his MV Agusta at the halfway point, while Carrick's Andrew Irwin slid off at the end of lap nine while under pressure from Farmer, who went on to wrap up the 25 points.
With today's Feature Supersport race still to come, Farmer is now 58 points clear of Kennedy at the top of the championship, with Irwin 72 points behind the title favourite. Farmer said: "I was trying to get into a rhythm and then Andrew came past me, so I thought I would sit in behind them.
"But then Jack went out and Andrew tucked the front of his own accord. I hope he is all right and will get going again for tomorrow.
"We put a good race in and finished out the laps... the team worked hard putting a good bike together for me."
David Allingham from Eglinton finished in third behind Ben Currie.
In the British Superbike class, Tyco BMW's Andy Reid qualified eighth fastest ahead of fellow Ulstermen Michael Laverty (McAMS Yamaha) and Glenn Irwin (PBM Be Wiser Ducati) in 11th and 16th respectively.