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O’Halloran: “It’s still well within reach at Brands Hatch”

McAMS Yamaha’s Jason O'Halloran heads to Brands Hatch next weekend for the final event in the 2020 Bennetts British Superbike Championship in his strongest position yet to try to fight for a debut title.

O’Halloran scored a single podium finish last time out at Donington Park, with an unfortunate incident in the final race dropping him down the order and out of contention for more, but the Australian is fired up for the final three rounds of the season.

O’Halloran trails championship leader Josh Brookes by just 19-points, with Glenn Irwin in third place just a single point ahead, whilst Christian Iddon in second is only a mere three-points ahead. The McAMS Yamaha rider knows that there is all to play for this weekend as he bids for his first Bennetts BSB title.

O’Halloran said: “Donington Park was up and down. The first race was obviously not ideal for the points table but it just was what it was. We worked the day before on our wet setting and improved it quite a lot for the full rain conditions which gave us some more grip but unfortunately in the drying conditions of that first race we just used the tyre. You know, I just didn’t have any grip so I drifted backwards and just managed to hang on for a couple of points.

“Obviously it made race two quite difficult as well as were starting back on the grid, but I managed to have a really strong race and finished second chasing Josh towards the end. I felt like we had pretty good speed, so I was looking forward to race three.

“Race three wasn’t as strong a start for me, and I lost a couple of positions in the middle, which put me behind Christian and then I could see that he was starting to slow down and I felt like my pace was increasing again.

“I had to do everything I could to get round him as quick as possible and unfortunately I just clipped the back of him. It was an odd scenario and a bit of an unlucky one where the brake guard caught the clutch lever and was holding it in, so it took me a little while to figure it out. By the time I had figured it out the clutch was pretty roasted.

“I still managed to do my fastest lap at the end with the clutch slipping and gain a couple more positions, which was obviously crucial points meaning we left Donington in fourth in the championship now. A little bit more of a point’s deficit now but it is not the end of the world; it’s only 19 points, so it’s still well within reach.

“I like racing at Brands Hatch, I’ve had some really good races there in the past. I can’t wait to race there on the new Yamaha this year because we’ve been stronger at some tracks where we’ve struggled a little bit last year and I think this will be one of them circuits where we improve quite a lot from where we were last season.

“I’m expecting to be strong. Who knows what’s coming up at the end of October but it’ll be really nice to have three dry races to battle out for the championship between the top guys and see where we end up. Obviously, Saturday will be an important day for us to try and beat our competitors and make sure we take the title fight right down to the last race on Sunday, and see if we can manage to lift the trophy on Sunday afternoon.”

 

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