Jason O'Halloran celebrated winning the Milwaukee King of Donington trophy in style at the third round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship, doubling up on victories for McAMS Yamaha to launch himself up to second in the overall standings.
At the start of the race, Kyle Ryde had grabbed the lead from his Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha teammate Bradley Ray and the Cheshire Mouldings FS-3 Kawasaki’s of Lee Jackson and Rory Skinner.
Skinner was on the attack and by the fourth lap; he was into second position behind Ryde, with Ray and Jackson in close contention.
An incredible move at Redgate from Ray on lap four moved him from third to first as he dived ahead of his rivals to put himself at the front of the chasing pack.
A huge crash from Leon Haslam at Schwantz, also collected Glenn Irwin as the Honda Racing UK rider had nowhere to go. A stricken VisionTrack Kawasaki and the incident meant the BMW Safety Car was deployed whilst the incident was cleared.
When the race resumed, Ray was holding the leading position from Skinner and O’Halloran with the pair trading blows for second place. By the eleventh lap, the pair had changed positions several times within one lap as O’Halloran then tried to make a break on the McAMS Yamaha.
O’Halloran was hunting Ray, closing the gap and then capturing the lead on lap 17 with a decisive move at Coppice. He was able to hold off his Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha rival to take the double win and move up to second in the overall standings ahead of Knockhill.
Ray’s second place saw him lift the Milwaukee Spring Grand Slam trophy and take a 28-point lead ahead of the next round at Knockhill with Jackson completing the podium for Cheshire Mouldings FS-3 Kawasaki.
Skinner held onto fourth ahead of Ryde who bounced back from his race two crash to take another strong points haul on the second Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha, narrowly ahead of Buildbase Suzuki’s Christian Iddon.
The MCE Ducati teammates finished in seventh and eighth place respectively as Tom Sykes edged out Josh Brookes with Danny Buchan in ninth place. Chrissy Rouse completed the top ten to claim his best ever Bennetts BSB race finish.
Bennetts British Superbike Championship, Donington Park, race three result:
- Jason O'Halloran (McAMS Yamaha)
- Bradley Ray (Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha) +1.713s
- Lee Jackson (Cheshire Mouldings FS-3 Kawasaki) +3.187s
- Rory Skinner (Cheshire Mouldings FS-3 Kawasaki) +5.448s
- Kyle Ryde (Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha) +5.482s
- Christian Iddon (Buildbase Suzuki) +7.985s
- Tom Sykes (MCE Ducati) +12.492s
- Josh Brookes (MCE Ducati) +13.514s
- Danny Buchan (SYNETIQ BMW) +13.653s
- Chrissy Rouse (Crowe Performance BMW) +16.485s
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Bennetts British Superbike Championship standings:
- Bradley Ray (Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha) 158
- Jason O'Halloran (McAMS Yamaha) 130
- Lee Jackson (Cheshire Mouldings FS-3 Kawasaki) 125
- Kyle Ryde (Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha) 117
- Rory Skinner (Cheshire Mouldings FS-3 Kawasaki) 116
- Glenn Irwin (Honda Racing UK) 107
- Christian Iddon (Buildbase Suzuki) 68
- Peter Hickman (FHO Racing BMW) 67
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