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Andy Reid shrugs off crash controversy after extending British title lead at Oulton Park

Ulsterman keeps cool over incident with Currie

By Paul Lindsay

Jordanstown racer Andy Reid was caught up in a crash row after enhancing his lead at the top of the British Supersport Championship standings to 16 points following his feature race victory at Oulton Park yesterday.

The Quattro Plant Cool Kawasaki rider, who took seventh place in Sunday's opening race, was embroiled in some controversy over an opening-lap move that saw Ben Currie crash out.

"It was no different to any other British Supersport race that I've competed in, and I'm sorry for Ben if he crashed, but that's racing," said tattoo artist Reid, delighted to take his second win of the season for his team.

"I knew I had the pace to run at the front and the plan was to get there as soon as possible and do my own thing," added Reid.

"We settled for strong points in Sunday's race with the championship in mind as the conditions were terrible, but I wanted the win and I'm delighted."

Clogher ace Keith Farmer also stamped his authority on yesterday's Bank Holiday British championship meeting at Oulton Park, taking an eight-second victory in the Pirelli National 1000cc Superstock class on his Quay Garage Honda.

The former champion's impressive victory over series leader Taylor Mackenzie (Buildbase BMW) and 11-time TT winner Ian Hutchinson on the Tyco BMW proves that he will undoubtedly be a contender for regular podium honours this season on the CBR1000RR.

Reigning champion Josh Elliott battled back from outside the top 10 in difficult conditions to finish fifth, but the Fermanagh racer still doesn't look quite at home on the Tyco BMW.

The Moneymore-based Tyco BMW team now lead the British Superbike Championship after Christian Iddon took two fine second-placed finishes at the Oulton Park meeting yesterday.

The 30-year-old former multiple British Supermoto champion now has four podiums from four starts this season and leads Shane Byrne of Ducati by 14 points.

His team-mate Michael Laverty is third in the standings, a further two points behind Byrne after a brace of top-six finishes in tricky conditions.

Carrick's Alastair Seeley was fifth in race one on the RAF BMW, with Laverty sixth and Dublin's Jack Kennedy seventh.

There was a scary moment for Seeley as he crashed out of race two, but he was thankfully unhurt with the North West 200 just around the corner. Carrick's Glenn Irwin finished an impressive seventh on the BeWiser PBM Ducati.

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