Belfast Telegraph

Allingham in title hunt after Brands Hatch podium double


By Paul Lindsay

David Allingham's double British Supersport podium during the Bank Holiday meeting at Brands Hatch in Kent, and his team-mate Luke Hedger's fourth place in the National 1000cc Superstock class, rounded out a superb weekend for the Northern Irish EHA Racing team.

Reigning champion, and runaway series leader, Tarran Mackenzie took a hat-trick of wins in the Supersport class with his McAMS Yamaha team.

But Allingham's two podiums manifests the flame-haired Derry man's Championship credentials, which will keep his dad Edward - who is also the team owner at EHA Racing - very happy indeed.

Speaking after his second placed finish yesterday, ahead of third placed Ben Currie on the Gearlink Kawasaki, the 22-year-old said: "I rode awful on Sunday even though we scored a podium and was disappointed, but we battled hard in yesterday's Easter Monday race, and these two performances set us up well at EHA Racing for the rest of the season.

"I like the bigger circuits, so we will go away now and prepare well for Oulton Park and see what we have to do to beat Mackenzie."

Allingham also complimented his Superstock 1000cc team-mate Luke Hedger, who is now showing the full potential of the EHA Racing RSV-4 Aprilia.

The Eglinton man added: "Luke is doing a great job on the Aprilia and the bike is a rocket-ship. There will be a few boys disappointed that they didn't grab that ride for this year."

The Stock 1000 race was won by Moneymore based Tyco BMW, who saw their 14-time Isle of Man TT winner Ian Hutchinson scrape paint and bash bars with a number of his main contemporaries for the win - showing in no uncertain terms that he's holding nothing back, despite his international road racing campaign about to start at the North West 200 in just three weeks' time.

"I've been having problems with my starts all weekend but I knew if I could get away with the lead group we could go on and win the race," said the victorious 37-year old Tyco BMW rider.

"It proves I can run and match the likes of Buchan and Cooper (former champions) and with them being here it also improves my riding and sets me up well for the road racing campaign."

BMW-mounted Adam Jenkinson took second place with Suzuki GB man Richard Cooper, the current series leader, third.

In the Motostar British Championship Randalstown's Eugene McManus, who turns 18 tomorrow, capitalised on his front row grid position to take his second consecutive podium of the season in third place aboard his E15 Racing KTM.

The youngster had led Sunday's opening race in the class and looked like he may well take his maiden British championship victory, but the eventual no score thankfully didn't deter him and, leaving round two, he holds fourth place in the championship standings.

Donegal's Richard Kerr, who also has a birthday this week, his 17th, eventually finished fourth in the Easter Monday Motostar race after battling with fellow Irishman McManus for the final podium position; losing out by just two-tenths of a second at the end of the 22-lap encounter.

He had held second place in the early stages but will be pleased with yesterday's performance after crashing out of race one on Saturday.

In the Superbike class, Glenn Irwin placed sixth in race one aboard his BeWiser Ducati but crashed out of race two. Michael Laverty (McAMS Yamaha) was 8th and 11th.

The two races were won by JG Speedfit Kawasaki's Luke Mossey, who was enjoying his first wins in the class.

Tyco BMW's Christian Iddon was third and second in the two races, rounding out a great weekend for Hector and Philip Neill's team.

Leon Haslam (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) took second and third placed finishes.

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