Farmer and Iddon injury cloud over Knockhill
The British Supersport championship took another twist at Knockhill yesterday, with Jack Kennedy taking a double race win and the championship lead by four points (195-191) after Alastair Seeley was taken out in a very wet race one and could only manage third in a dry race two.
Seeley never got to grips with the Appleyard Integro Yamaha's of Kennedy and Brad Jones all weekend. The EHA Yamaha rider was down in fourth position in race one when he got taken out by Scottish wild-card rider Sam Munroe, while Kennedy won from Jones and Lee Johnston.
Later yesterday in the dry 26-lap feature race, Kennedy and Jones were in a class of their own. They were well clear of the GP2 machine of Kyle Ryde with Seeley inheriting fourth spot (third Supersport machine home) on the penultimate lap when Rory Skinner retired. Johnston retired the Ashcourt Yamaha on the 16th lap.
In the championship after Knockhill Kennedy leads on 195 points, four clear of Seeley with Jones third on 172.
"I didn't expect third in race two," said Seeley. "It's points on the board. It was damage limitation all weekend as we were beating our heads against a wall trying to get the set-up right."
Kennedy said: "We have turned the championship around. Now I go to Donington looking forward to a wildcard ride in World Supersport off the back of this double win."
Tyco BMW's Superbike campaign left Knockhill in tatters after Keith Farmer crashed heavily in a wet qualifying on Saturday and had to have a five-hour operation to mend a broken tibia and fibula, and then yesterday Christian Iddon, after finishing fourth in race one, crashed out of race two at the same corner as Farmer, also suffering a broken leg. Andy Reid upheld team morale with sixth and third place finishes in the Superstock 1000cc.
Danny Buchan and Scott Redding won a BSB race each while Andrew Irwin, after a crash in race one, finished a brilliant fifth in race two on his Honda while brother Glenn scored ninth and 10th place finishes.
Eunan McGlinchey picked up his second Superstock 600cc win in a row, edging Korie McGreevy by 0.054 seconds to take the championship lead on 81 points, 10 clear of Shane Richardson and Aaron Clifford.
Curtis Trimble from Bangor scored his first British Junior Support race win in the middle race of three. The 16-year-old was sixth in race one and third in the final outing to go fourth in the championship while Scott Swann took second and third in the Motostar races to go second in the championship chase.