BSB: Tarran Mackenzie Wins Race Two At Donington Park.
Mackenzie Takes His seventh Race Victory Of The Season At Donington Park.
After a very dramatic Race One yesterday what would today’s racing action have instore for us? The weather today at the Midlands circuit of Donington Park was a vast improvement from yesterday’s treacherous conditions. For the front row of the grid for Race Two, Buildbase Suzuki’s Gino Rea was on Pole Position, alongside Gino was Team LKQ Euro Car Parts Kawasaki’s Storm Stacey in second place and VisionTrack Ducati’s Josh Brookes rounding out the front row in third place.
As the lights went out it was Gino Rea who led the pack of 27 riders into Redgate, Kyle Ryde had a lightening start and got into third position. Storm Stacey took charge and went into first place, Christian Iddon took third place from Kyle at Redgate but Kyle wasn’t having that and re-took third place.
VisionTrack Ducati team-mates were dicing with each other for fourth place. Gino took the lead from Stacey at Redgate on lap three. Jason O’Halloran was down in 13th place, whilst Tarran Mackenzie was in eighth place. By the end of lap three, there was a bundle of riders all fighting for third place! Danny Buchan won the fight and claimed the third position.
Iddon made his way in to second place by lap five, his team-mate Brookes was in fourth. Bridewell was in sixth place just behind Kyle Ryde. Buchan slid his BMW up the inside of Iddon for second place at The Old Hairpin, there was no stopping the Essex rider as he took first place from Gino at Foggys.
At the half-way stage of the race, Buchan, Iddon and Rea made a slight gap to fourth place man Brookes. O’Halloran was still down the order in 13th place, he had the pace but just couldn’t pass his fellow competitors. Mackenzie was up-to fifth place right on the back wheel of Brookes.
Iddon hit the front at the Melbourne Loop on lap 11, Mackenzie was hunting down the front trio in fourth place. FHO Racing’s Peter Hickman had a disaster on lap 13, his chain snapped and that was his race over. Mackenzie took third place from Rea at Redgate on lap 15, with Buchan next on his hit list. Kyle was hanging on to the leading quartet in fifth place.
Buchan took the top spot from Iddon at The Old Hairpin, Mackenzie snatched second place from Iddon at the Melbourne Loop, the young Scot had a moment but managed to stay aboard his Yamaha R1 and kept hold of second place.
Mackenzie took the lead on the penultimate lap at Foggys, Buchan didn’t have enough pace to stop Mackenzie taking the win. Mackenzie took his seventh race win of the 2021 season, Buchan was second, Iddon was third, Gino finished in fourth, Lee Jackson got fifth, Kyle Ryde finished in sixth place, Bridewell was seventh, O’Halloran finished in ninth place.
Tarran is now back in the lead of the 2021 championship standings, 18 points ahead of his team-mate O’Halloran. All eight Showdown contenders are still in with a mathematical chance of winning the championship. Will Tarran do the double in race three? Race Three is this afternoon at 16:15.
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