Farmer races to Superstock double win at Knockhill
BSB paid their respects to William Dunlop yesterday with a minute's silence prior to racing during the fifth round of the British Superbike Championship at Knockhill.
Glenn Irwin wanted to win a BSB race for William, but that didn’t materialise as the PBM Be Wiser Ducati rider could only manage two fourth place finishes in the two hotly contested races around the short 1.267mile Scottish venue in front of a huge sun-soaked crowd, while team mate and brother Andrew finished 11th in race one and an excellent eighth in race two.
Tyco BMW rider Michael Laverty finished sixth in the opener, improving to fifth in the second outing almost four seconds behind Irwin.
The Moneymore based team scored a double success in the Superstock 1000cc class with Keith Farmer winning both races comfortably and elevating himself into the championship lead by 12 points over Billy McConnell, who finished second on Saturday, but crashed out yesterday.
The EHA Aprilia team had an up and down meeting Joe Collier and Andy Reid finishing third and fourth respectively in Saturday’s opening 24-lap race behind Farmer and McConnell.
Collier repeated his result in race two, but Reid high-sided out of a podium position on lap 16 suffering a broken arm.
Collier is now third in the championship a point behind McConnell.
Alastair Seeley was 11th in race one and sixth yesterday while Josh Elliott finished 11th yesterday after a non-finish in race one.
Another local winner at Knockhill was 21-year-old Ballynahinch rider Korie McGreevy who got his 675cc Triumph over the finish line a mere 0.009sec ahead of Rory Skinner.
Aghadowey rider Eunan McGlinchey had an eventful weekend; he was suspended from race one of the Junior Supersport class for his indiscretion at Snetterton last time out, then in race two he finished third coming from the back row of the grid, both races on Saturday.
Yesterday he won the third race after a battle with Brian Hart and then he failed to finish race four ending the weekend dropping to second in the championship on 176points just four behind Kade Verwey.
Dubliner Jack Kennedy continued his fine run of form with two hard fought Supersport victories over his main adversary Ben Currie.
The Appleyard-McAdam Yamaha rider shadowed the Gearlink Kawasaki for the majority of the sprint race on Saturday before pouncing in the closing stages to win by a quarter of a second with third place man James Westmoreland over six seconds back in third a quarter of a second ahead of a rejuvenated David Allingham reverted to his 2017 Yamaha.
Yesterday’s 26-lap feature race was another cat and mouse game between Currie and Kennedy, the pair in a different class to the rest of the field.
Currie again held the advantage and on the 20th lap Kennedy clipped a slower rider as he lapped him handing an advantage of over a second to his rival. Kennedy never gave up and he gradually closed the gap and made a move for the lead at the hairpin on the penultimate lap, the pair touching and Currie still in the lead until turn one on the final lap when Kennedy swept into the lead on the inside and held on to win by a fifth of a second and extend his championship lead to 54 points with his eighth win of the season.
Kennedy said, “That was a tough race, Ben was stronger than yesterday.
“I had to dig deep in the closing stages to close him down and take the lead. I dedicate that win to William Dunlop, a good friend of mine who we lost yesterday. My thoughts are with his family.”
Bennetts British Superbike Championship, Knockhill, race two:1, Leon Haslam (JG Speedfit Kawasaki), 2, Jake Dixon (RAF Regular & Reserves Kawasaki) +0.215s, 3, Danny Buchan (FS-3 Racing Kawasaki) +1.891s, 4, Glenn Irwin (Be Wiser Ducati) +5.228s, 5, Michael Laverty (Tyco BMW) +9.183s, 6, Christian Iddon (Tyco BMW) +9.623s, 7, Richard Cooper (Buildbase Suzuki) +10.216s, 8, Andrew Irwin (Be Wiser Ducati) +10.523s, 9, James Ellison (Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha) +16.356s, 10, Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW) +17.859s
Bennetts British Superbike Championship standings after Knockhill: 1, Leon Haslam (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) 210, 2, Jake Dixon (RAF Regular & Reserves Kawasaki) 136, 3, Bradley Ray (Buildbase Suzuki) 112, 4, Glenn Irwin (Be Wiser Ducati) 105, 5, Shane Byrne (Be Wiser Ducati) 98, 6, Danny Buchan (FS-3 Racing Kawasaki) 95.