Tarran Mackenzie claimed a spectacular double win in the Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch, going down to a last lap drag to the line in race three between the McAMS Yamaha teammates. At the chequered flag, just 0.037s separated the defending champion from Jason O'Halloran after a final dogfight to the finish.
There was an incredible race long battle between the McAMS Yamaha teammates as they fought to have the upper hand in the final race of the weekend on the Grand Prix circuit.
At the start of the race, Mackenzie hit the front of the field after launching from pole position to lead Bradley Ray and Glenn Irwin on the opening lap.
Glenn Irwin was on a charge and the Honda Racing UK rider dived into the lead with a brave move at Paddock Hill Bend on the third lap as Mackenzie and Ray fought for the advantage.
Ray had moved into second by the fifth lap, but as he went for the lead at Paddock Hill Bend two laps later he ran in hot. He was forced to take a wider line and that handed the position back to Glenn Irwin and also gave O’Halloran the opportunity to move ahead as Mackenzie had been shuffled back into fourth.
Ray moved back into second at Hawthorns, but O’Halloran fought back into Paddock Hill Bend as the pair traded blows for second. However, Mackenzie was waiting in the wings and he soon eased Ray back into fourth.
The McAMS Yamaha teammates began their battle for second place as Glenn Irwin still held the lead, with the pair swapping positions for several laps.
O’Halloran was holding off his teammate when he made a move on Glenn Irwin for the lead; firing ahead at Surtees on lap 13, but Mackenzie soon forced the Honda Racing UK rider back into third.
By lap 15, Mackenzie hit the front of the field, launching ahead into the lead at Hawthorns and then he had to withstand the pressure from his teammate over the final four laps.
It inevitably came down to a last lap shootout between the pair and O’Halloran tried to make a pass into Clearways for the final time and edged ahead briefly. The extra speed put him slightly wide and then it was a drag to the finish with Mackenzie just having the edge at the flag from O’Halloran.
Glenn Irwin meanwhile recovered to third after a difficult start to the weekend to add to his podium tally, ahead of Ray and Bridewell who battled for fourth place over the closing stages of the race.
Leon Haslam added to his consistent points tally from the weekend with sixth place, just ahead Kyle Ryde and Peter Hickman on the FHO Racing BMW. Cheshire Mouldings FS-3 Kawasaki’s Rory Skinner and Lee Jackson completed the top ten.
Bennetts British Superbike Championship, Brands Hatch, Race 3 result:
- Tarran Mackenzie (McAMS Yamaha)
- Jason O'Halloran (McAMS Yamaha) +0.037s
- Glenn Irwin (Honda Racing UK) +3.543s
- Bradley Ray (Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha) +3.818s
- Tommy Bridewell (Oxford Products Racing Ducati) +5.009s
- Leon Haslam (VisionTrack Kawasaki) +5.139s
- Kyle Ryde (Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha) +7.531s
- Peter Hickman (FHO Racing BMW) +11.754s
- Rory Skinner (Cheshire Mouldings FS-3 Kawasaki) +16.043s
- Lee Jackson (Cheshire Mouldings FS-3 Kawasaki) +16.350s
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Bennetts British Superbike Championship standings:
- Jason O'Halloran (McAMS Yamaha) 265
- Bradley Ray (Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha) 255
- Lee Jackson (Cheshire Mouldings FS-3 Kawasaki) 187
- Rory Skinner (Cheshire Mouldings FS-3 Kawasaki) 174
- Kyle Ryde (Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha) 170
- Glenn Irwin (Honda Racing UK) 156
- Tommy Bridewell (Oxford Products Racing Ducati) 137
- Tarran Mackenzie (McAMS Yamaha) 105
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