Seeley at the double after Sprint race crash ends Kennedy's hopes
Alastair Seeley on the EHA Yamaha scored an impressive British Supersport double at Donington over the weekend to take the championship lead, as his rival Jack Kennedy crashed out of Saturday's Sprint race, suffering a broken scaphoid bone ruling him out of Sunday's feature race.
The Carrickfergus rider didn't get it all his own way, however, as he had sensational battles with the GP2 machine of Kyle Ryde, Kennedy's team mate Brad Jones and Tom Oliver in both races; not for the faint-hearted.
He beat Ryde by 0.097sec in race one and yesterday a mere 0.334sec covered the top four after 24 pulsating laps that saw the lead change hands continually with the Wee Wizard beating Oliver by 0.112secs, with Jones third and Ryde fourth.
Seeley said: "Not that I wish any harm on Jack (Kennedy) and I wish him a speedy recovery, but I've got to make the most of the situation.
"It's great to be back on the top step of the podium after what seems ages. In drying conditions in the second race I went with an intermediate front and wet rear.
"At half distance I made a pass into the lead and checked to see if any of the guys on dry tyres were coming through. Near the end I almost lost the front at Coppice, saved it like Marc Marquez and went on to make it a double win - happy days."
Returning from MotoGP, Scott Redding, on the PBM Be Wiser Ducati, rode to a tremendous treble in British Superbikes to lead the championship by six points.
Christian Iddon on the Tyco BMW scored two sixth place finishes and a seventh while team- mate Keith Farmer was eighth and tenth in the first two races, but suffered a nasty high side in the final race.
Carrick's Andrew Irwin scored three points-scoring finishes while brother Glenn's season of woe continued despite a new Crew Chief in Phil Marron from Randalstown, formerly Eugene Laverty's right-hand man.
Korie McGreevy won a sensational 600cc Superstock race by three-hundredths of a second from New Zealander Shane Richardson with Aaron Clifford third, Eunan McGlinchey fifth and Caolan Irwin sixth.
The third Irwin brother, Graeme, scored his first Superstock 1000 championship point following his switch from the off-road scene.
Meanwhile, TT practice got under way yesterday, after Saturday's action was cancelled due to poor weather and Michael Dunlop showed good early form, second fastest in the Supersport and Supertwin classes.
Dean Harrison was fastest rider of the afternoon, completing six laps, his quickest 126.09mph.
Dunlop's speed was 123.90 on his MD Racing Honda before switching to the Supertwin Paton and a second lap of 118.52mph; Jamie Coward set the pace at 119.96mph.
Magherafelt's Paul Jordan was third fastest on 117.45mph and Derek McGee fourth at 116.19mph on his KMR Kawasaki.
New Zealand newcomer Daniel Mettam crashed his Supersport Honda at the Black Hut during the session and was taken by Air-Med to Nobles Hospital, his condition not thought to be serious.
The action continues this evening from 6.15pm when the Superbikes take to the track for the first time.
A masterclass of Quadcross racing saw Hillsborough rider Mark McLernon score six wins from six starts during the ACU British championship meetings at Tandragee on Saturday and Tinker Hill yesterday, while in the two-day MCCNI motocross meeting at Desertmartin, Martin Barr was undefeated in his six races.