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Kennedy turns up heat on his rivals in championship race

 

Jack Kennedy
Jack Kennedy

By Roy Harris

Jack Kennedy took a firm grip of the British Supersport championship with a double success at Cadwell Park during the eighth round at the weekend.

Kennedy took Saturday's Sprint race and then triumphed in the feature 16-lap race yesterday with a dominant display that takes him into a 53-point lead in the series with eight races remaining.

Alastair Seeley was on the third Supersport machine home on Saturday before dropping to fourth yesterday and is now 68 points behind Kennedy in the championship chase and 15 behind Brad Jones in second position.

Kennedy said: "I'm really, really happy. I wanted to make it 1-1 this weekend and today I didn't want to go too early in the longer race to save the rear tyre, but the lap times came to me and I was able to open a gap.

"I have to thank the Integro Appleyard team who gave me a great bike after I had left them with a lot of work after a crash during Saturday morning qualifying."

For the Irwin's it was Glenn, in his second ride for Tyco BMW, who stole the honours with eighth and best of the season sixth place finishes in the two British Superbike races while Andrew - who finished three seconds behind his brother in race one - crashed out of race two taking an irate championship leader, Scott Redding, with him at Park Corner . Yesterday's winners were Danny Buchan and Josh Brookes.

Andrew is in a precarious position heading into the final three races at Oulton Park after which only the top six riders battle for the championship.

He is currently sixth, five points behind Tarran Mackenzie in fifth, one ahead of Peter Hickman in seventh and five clear of Honda team-mate Xavi Fores ahead of the triple header at the Cheshire circuit.

Caolan Irwin from Kilmacrenan scored his maiden win in the Superstock 600cc class in which Ballynahinch rider Korie McGreevey was third, with the 21-year-old quipping afterwards: "This is unbelievable. There are probably more people here today than where I live."

For Andy Reid (Tyco BMW) it was a day to forget. He crashed spectacularly on the fourth lap of the Superstock race whilst in third position and was stretchered off with a suspected broken ankle, while his near neighbour Graeme Irwin finished in 10th position on his Team #109 Kawasaki - his best result following his switch from the motocross scene.

Of his two Motostar races on the IFS KTM, Scott Swann said: "On Saturday it was a close race, I went from fourth to first on the last lap and then crashed at the bottom of the mountain, hurting the back of my hand.

"I didn't think I could race today, but rode through the pain barrier to finish third."

Meanwhile, at Bishopscourt on Saturday 23-year-old Aaron Armstrong from Lisnaskea took home the Norman Brown Memorial Trophy after winning the second Superbike race by over six seconds from Ryan Gibson during the seventh round of the AJ Plumbing Ulster Superbike championship.

Armstrong had finished second in race one a second and a half behind Gerard Kinghan on the IFS Yamaha before the Randalstown man crashed out of the lead in the feature race.

Jason Lynn was a double Supersport winner making it nine wins from the nine races he has started.

There were also double wins for Gary McCoy and Ryan Fenton in the Production and Supertwin races, Stephen McKeown in Lightweight Supersport, Jamie Lyons in Moto3 and Johnny Irwin in Pre-Injection.

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