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Watch: Jack Kennedy apologises after kicking out at Alastair Seeley following British Supersport sprint race

 

Controversy: Carrickfergus rider Alastair Seeley
Controversy: Carrickfergus rider Alastair Seeley

By Roy Harris

The sizzling rivalry between Alastair Seeley and his British Supersport championship adversary Jack Kennedy boiled over after Saturday's scheduled 12-lap sprint race at Brands Hatch.

On the last lap of the re-started race Seeley hit the front only for Kennedy to put an unbelievable close pass at Hawthorn to retake the lead.

Out of the last corner and the sprint to the chequered flag the Carrick man got a better drive round the outside of Kennedy, the pair elbow to elbow, threading the eye of a needle to win by a tyre width.

On the slowing down lap Seeley appeared to lean on Kennedy through Paddock Bend and the Dubliner reacted with a kick at his rival, the pair then gesticulating at each other before Seeley then knocked into Kennedy's front wheel unbalancing him momentarily.

"I was frustrated with what went on, Kennedy said afterwards. "This sport is dangerous enough as it is without what went on after the chequered flag. I'm only human and reacted, which I apologise for. We shook hands afterwards."

Seeley commented: "There was a lot going on out there. Jack put a close pass on me on the last lap then I got a great run round the outside at Clearway's and swept past him.

"It was a good clean move and within the circuit boundaries. Then I felt a kick on the slowing down lap. I don't know what his issue was."

Yesterday's 18-lap feature race was uneventful by comparison, Kennedy taking control on lap six and extending his lead over Seeley lap by lap to win by 2.1 seconds although Seeley maintains his 30-point championship lead.

Eunan McGlinchey from Aghadowey scored a remarkable victory in a horrible, wet Superstock 600cc race, coming from 14th on the grid to win from Ballynahinch man Korie McGreevy after a great battle.

There was a British Superbike double for Australian Josh Brookes yesterday, but a second and a third for Tommy Bridewell saw him take a 14-point lead over Scott Redding and 27 over Brookes in the title chase after four rounds.

In race one Keith Farmer and Christian Iddon finished sixth and seventh for Tyco BMW, Andrew Irwin was ninth on his Honda with brother Glenn (Kawasaki) four seconds behind him in 10th.

Iddon was sixth in race two, Farmer eighth, Glenn Irwin tenth and Andrew twelfth.

Scott Swann had a third and a crash in the Motostar races on his IFS KTM, while Andy Reid scored a 12th, seventh and had a non-finish in the three Superstock 1,000cc races.

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