BSB: Tarran Mackenzie Wins A Thrilling Race Two And The Bennetts British Superbike 2021 Championship.
Tarran Mackenzie Holds Off His Championship Rivals And Takes The 2021 Championship Title.
The weather at the Kent circuit was slightly better than yesterday for today’s proceedings. Tarran Mackenzie extended his Championship lead by 22 points yesterday after winning his eighth race of the 2021 season. Oxford Products Racing Ducati’s Tommy Bridewell was on Pole Position for Race Two, Tarran lined-up second with Visiontrack Ducati’s Christian Iddon in third place on the front row.
There were 50 points up for grabs today, Jason O’Halloran, Tommy Bridewell and Christian Iddon all needed to beat Tarran to the checkered flag to keep their Championship Title hopes alive.
Tarran Mackenzie got the holeshot into Paddock Hill Bend, Team-mate Jason O’Halloran got up-to fourth, Tommy Bridewell took first place at Surtees and started to make a slight gap from Mackenzie.
O’Halloran got into third place as Iddon ran wide at Hawthornes. On Lap three it was Bridewell, Mackenzie, O’Halloran, Iddon.
O’Halloran was catching his team-mate Mackenzie, Iddon wasn’t letting the leading trio out of his sight. Peter Hickman made his way into fifth place by Lap five. Bjorn Estment and Dean Harrison had a coming together at Hawthorns resulting in both riders crashing out of the race.
On Lap seven Lee Jackson, Rory Skinner and Andrew Irwin crashed out at Druids, Iddon made the pass on O’Halloran for third place at Hawthorns. The gap at the front between Bridewell and Mackenzie was coming down lap-by-lap, the leading duo were getting away from third placed man Iddon.
Mackenzie lined up his maneuver for first place at Paddock Hill Bend on Lap 12, the young Scot made his move stick. Rain flags were been displayed in some of the sectors of the Kent circuit, Bridewell wasn’t letting Mackenzie get away, Mackenzie had a moment at Stirlings, Bridewell touched the back wheel of Mackenzie, luckily both riders stayed aboard their machinery!
Bridewell took the lead at Stirlings on Lap 16, there was nothing between the two riders! Neither rider didn’t look like they wanted to settle for second place. O’Halloran took third place from Iddon on Lap 19, the Australian was too far back to make any challenge for the Race win.
Mackenzie took lead back at Paddock Hill, Tommy took back the lead at Surtees! Mackenzie fought back at Clearways and took the victory and the 2021 Bennetts British Superbike Championship! Tommy finished a reluctant second, O’Halloran was third.
Tommy Bridewell, Jason O’Halloran and Christian Iddon will still have to fight it out in Race three to be the Vice Champion.
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