KENNEDY EXTENDS CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD

KENNEDY EXTENDS CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD

Mar-Train Racing’s Jack Kennedy posted his second victory of the season in Sunday’s first British Supersport race at Oulton Park during the Bank Holiday meeting, after setting the pole position time in qualifying; and only for a red flag situation in the second outing on Monday, the young Dubliner could well have scored his first double victory of the season.

Despite missing out on a second top step, third place helped the Yamaha R6 rider maintain his lead at the top of the championship standings for the Northern Ireland based Mar-train Racing team. His team-mate Taylor Mackenzie had two more steady outings on the number 77 Mar-train Yamaha and his consistency is edging him ever closer to a points’ scoring finish. Jack Kennedy: “It was a great weekend all round. I qualified on pole and I think I posted the fastest ever Supersport lap around Oulton Park. I had a good battle with Sam Warren in the opening race so I was delighted to take the win. I was having another good battle in the second race and felt comfortable at the front, so to lose out with a red flag did make me feel as if I was robbed, but that’s the rules and I can’t complain. I’ve extended the championship lead so I can’t wait for Snetterton now.” Taylor Mackenzie: “It was frustrating not to have scored points this weekend after running fifteenth in the first race, until a mistake cost me five places on the last lap. It was one place lower [16th] on Monday and just outside the points again, but we were very close indeed. I definitely made more good progress and Snetterton can’t come soon enough now.”

Tim Martin – Team Principal: “I think we’ve shown this weekend that we’re genuine title contenders and that first race also proved that Jack not only has the pace to win on his Mar-Train Yamaha, but also the determination and race craft to deal with his main championship rivals. Yes it was disappointing to lose out on the possibility of a double, but we’ve maintained our championship lead; posted a pole position time; added another win to the CV and young Taylor is also edging ever closer to being a regular points scorer. I think we’re in pretty good shape. A big shout out to all our sponsors and everyone in the team for the hard work – it’s thankfully paying off.”

Results: British Supersport Championship [race one]:

  1. Jack Kennedy (Mar-Train Yamaha)
  2. Ben Wilson (Gearlink Kawasaki) +0.690s
  3. Sam Warren (Seton Tuning Yamaha) +1.619s
  4. Glen Richards (Smiths (Gloucester) Triumph) + 1.817s
  5. Billy McConnell (Smiths (Gloucester) Triumph) +2.405s

British Supersport Championship [race two]:

  1. Glen Richards (Smiths (Gloucester) Racing Triumph)
  2. Ben Wilson (Gearlink Kawasaki) +0.199s
  3. Jack Kennedy (Mar-Train Yamaha) +0.405s
  4. Sam Warren (Seton Tuning Yamaha) +0.472s
  5. Christian Iddon (Oxford TAG Triumph) +0.828s

British Supersport Championship Standings:

  1. Jack Kennedy (Mar-Train Yamaha) 96.5
  2. Ben Wilson (Gearlink Kawasaki) 87
  3. Sam Warren (Seton Tuning Yamaha) 84
  4. Glen Richards (Smiths (Gloucester) Racing Triumph) 83
  5. Billy McConnell (Smiths (Gloucester) Racing Triumph) 60

ENDS…

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