BSB: McAMS Yamaha’s Tarran Mackenzie Wins Race Two At Silverstone.

Published on September 12, 2021
By Dawn Hammersley

Mackenzie Takes His Fifth Victory Of The season.

For Race Two of Round Eight at Silverstone, Buildbase Suzuki’s Gino Rea was on Pole Position, VisionTrack Ducati’s Josh Brookes lined-up in second place, McAMS Yamaha’s Jason O’Halloran was in third place, O’Halloran was passed fit to ride by the Medical Centre after his crash in Race One with his team-mate Tarran Mackenzie. Tarran sustained a fracture to the fifth metacarpal of his left hand, it was thought he would be unable to compete in the racing action today but Tarran has been declared fit to ride.

VisionTrack Ducati’s Josh Brookes, FS-3 Racing Kawasaki’s Lee Jackson and Rory Skinner and RAF Regular & Reserve Kawasaki’s Ryan Vickers are all in with a chance of making the Showdown.

The atmosphere yet again was tense as the lights went out, Gino Rea led the rapid pack of riders into Copse, Tarran Mackenzie got into second place until Josh Brookes took second place from Tarran on the start-finish straight. A lap later Brookes got himself into first place, team-mate Iddon was up-to second place. BMW’s Brad Ray was on the move and was fighting Iddon for second place of which the Kent rider won.

BMW’s Showdown contender Danny Buchan was down in 14th place, not ideal for the Essex rider. FS-3 Racing Kawasaki’s Lee Jackson was down the order in 15th, way off from a Showdown placement. Tommy Bridewell was putting pressure on Iddon for third place, Bridewell overtook Iddon at Brooklands and made the pass stick. McAMS duo Mackenzie and O’Halloran were in sixth and seventh place.

At the half-way point of the race Brookes and Brad Ray started to make a gap from the rest of the pack, Iddon had a moment at Becketts putting him down in seventh place. Lower down the field Buchan and Jackson were battling for 12th place, both riders needed to move-up the order for their Showdown place.

With 11 laps remaining Bridewell was putting Brad Ray under pressure for second place, a lap later Bridewell got the job done and was in second place chasing Brookes for first place. Mackenzie was in fourth place hot on the heels of Ray, at one point at Becketts Bridewell-Ray-Mackenzie were three a breast fighting for second place! Ray won the battle and was in second place, Mackenzie got into third place, pushing Bridewell back to fourth.

Mackenzie set the fastest lap of the race on lap 25 and took second place from Brad Ray, Mackenzie took the lead from Brookes at Copse Corner, O’Halloran also overtook his fellow Australian rider for second place, leaving Brookes with a third place finish. Mackenzie took his fifth win of the season. Brookes got his first podium place of the season.

Josh Brookes is in ninth place in the standings and Lee Jackson is in tenth place, they both need to beat Buchan, Ray and Glenn Irwin to enable them to get into the Showdown. Race Two is this afternoon 16:30.

The Grid for Race 3

Featured Images: Bennetts British Superbikes, McAMS Yamaha Racing.


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