McAMS Yamaha’s Jason O’Halloran Wins The Third Race At Thruxton, Taking His Seventh Win Of The Season So Far.
For the last race of the weekend at the Hampshire circuit of Thruxton, Jason O’Halloran was on Pole Position, with Glenn Irwin in second place and Tarran Mackenzie in third place. Lee Jackson should of been in third place on the grid but the Lincolnshire rider was handed a three place grid penalty for avoidable contact with another rider, after the Race Two incident with Christian Iddon.
It was declared a wet race, it wasn’t raining but the track was still wet from earlier showers. What tyre gamble would the riders take? As the lights went out it was Jason O’Halloran who launched off the line, Tarran Mackenzie didn’t waist any time and got into first place, but that was short lived as FHO Racing BMW’s Peter Hickman claimed first place. O’Halloran was pushed back to fourth place, Tommy Bridewell was on the move in fifth place.
Both Hickman and Mackenzie were on full wet tyres and were making a break from the rest of the field. Ryan Vickers was charging forward, putting in the fastest lap time on lap five. O’Halloran was hunting the leading duo down, the Australian was running a wet front and an intermediate rear tyre. BMW’s Danny Buchan was also catching the leading group, getting into third place pushing Mackenzie back to fourth.
O’Halloran and Buchan were dicing for second place, Hickman was only just hanging on to first place. O’Halloran took first place and managed to put a half a second lead from Hickman. It was then Buchans turn to take second place from Hickman. Rain had started to fall in certain sectors of the circuit.
On lap ten Buchan snatched first place from O’Halloran, Jason wasn’t having that and re-took first place. Andrew Irwin was on the move whilst in seventh place, setting the fastest lap on lap 12. Suzuki’s Danny Kent was hunting a podium place in third position. Tommy Bridewell entered the pits to change his rear tyre to a slick on lap 12.
The rain flags were out for nearly all of the circuit as the race reached lap 15. Ryan Vickers got up-to fourth place, Danny Kent managed to pull a slight gap between Vickers and himself as he was holding on to third place. Rory Skinner retired to the pits on lap 17.
On the penultimate lap O’Halloran managed to edge a gap between himself and Buchan, Danny Kent was flying and was on the heels of Buchan. At the chequered flag Jason O’Halloran stormed to victory for the third time of the weekend, what an outstanding weekend for the O Show! Buchan held on to second place, Danny Kent got his first Bennetts British Superbike podium, with a third place finish. Ryan Vickers finished in fourth place just in front of Andrew Irwin in fifth. Christian Iddon finished in ninth place, with Brad Ray rounding out the top ten.
Jason leads the championship by 232 points and is 42 points ahead of second place man Christian Iddon. Jason has now won seven races so far in the 2021 season, who can put a halt to the Australian’s winning form as the Superbikes head to Donington Park in two weeks time?
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