Jason O'Halloran began his fightback for the Bennetts British Superbike Championship crown at Brands Hatch today, topping the SUPERPICKS combined free practice times for McAMS Yamaha as he bids to overhaul the ten-point deficit in the standings to teammate Tarran Mackenzie.
O’Halloran’s best lap came in his final run of the day on the Grand Prix circuit, toppling the VisionTrack Ducati pairing from the top of the times in the final three minutes of the session.
O'Halloran said: “It has been a really positive day for us and I feel that is probably our best day in two rounds so I am happy with that. I got that good feeling back that I had with the bike in the middle of the year, so I am really chuffed with that.
“It was a really solid run at the end of the day and I was looking like I would improve on the last lap but I got caught up in a bit of traffic, but I feel comfortable and confident. We will make a few little changes in the morning and then we will be ready for race one.”
Christian Iddon holds third in the standings heading into tomorrow’s opening race of the title-deciding weekend, 15 points adrift of Mackenzie and he was second fastest at the end of the opening day’s action, edging out his teammate Josh Brookes by 0.033s.
Lee Jackson fired the FS-3 Kawasaki into fourth place in the final moments of the session, narrowly moving ahead of Peter Hickman on the FHO Racing BMW as four manufacturers completed the top five positions.
Championship leader Tarran Mackenzie ended the day sixth fastest, 0.256s adrift of his McAMS Yamaha teammate, as 0.516s covered the top 14 riders ahead of tomorrow’s SUPERPICKS Qualifying session and opening BikeSocial race.
Danny Buchan held off Gino Rea for seventh place with Bradley Ray and Glenn Irwin completing the top ten, nudging Tommy Bridewell out of the top ten by 0.038s.
Bennetts British Superbike Championship, Brands Hatch, SUPERPICKS combined result:
1. Jason O'Halloran (McAMS Yamaha) 1m:25.229s
2. Christian Iddon (VisionTrack Ducati) +0.103s
3. Josh Brookes (VisionTrack Ducati) +0.136s
4. Lee Jackson (FS-3 Kawasaki) +0.236s
5. Peter Hickman (FHO Racing BMW) +0.246s
6. Tarran Mackenzie (McAMS Yamaha) +0.256s
7. Danny Buchan (SYNETIQ BMW) +0.266s
8. Gino Rea (Buildbase Suzuki) +0.337s
9. Bradley Ray (Rich Energy OMG Racing BMW) +0.345s
10. Glenn Irwin (Honda Racing) +0.353s
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