BSB: Yamaha’s Bradley Ray Tops The Timing Sheet At The Bennetts British Superbike Test Day At Oulton Park.
Bradley Ray Ends The Testing Day At Oulton Park In The Top Spot, Ready For Round Two Of The Bennetts British Superbikes.
The Bennetts British Superbike Championship and support classes were at the Cheshire circuit of Oulton Park for a testing day, all the classes were at the circuit apart from the Honda British Talent Cup. It was perfect conditions at the rider and fan favorite northwest circuit.
As the first session of the day got underway it was round one’s triple race winner Honda’s Glenn Irwin who was in first place, Ducati’s Tommy Bridewell was in second place with SYNETIQ BMW’s Danny Buchan in third place. BMW’s Andrew Irwin was continuing his strong form from round one at Silverstone in sixth place, just in front of Buildbase Suzuki’s Christian Iddon.
Thirteen minutes into the session the Red Flag was brought out due to Honda’s Takumi Takahashi crashing at Islands Bend. The session resumed with Bridewell running in first place, Glenn Irwin in second and FHO Racing’s Peter Hickman in third place. The highest placed rookie was Specsavers Suzuki’s Leon Jeacock in 21st place.
At the half-way stage of session one Hickman was just 0.235s in front of Bridewell at the top of the timing sheet. RICH Energy OMG Yamaha’s Bradley Ray was up-to fourth place, his team-mate Kyle Ryde was down in 12th place. McAMS Yamaha’s Jason O’Halloran was on the move in sixth place, just in front of MCE Ducati’s Josh Brookes, Josh’s team-mate Tom Sykes was down the order in 26th place.
At the checkered flag for the end of the day’s first session it was Peter Hickman who topped the session, with a lap time of 1:34.522. Jason O’Halloran was 0.633s behind Hickman in second place, Glenn Irwin finished in third place, Bradley Ray was fourth and Danny Buchan was fifth.
Bradley Ray lead the way as session two got going, followed by Bridewell and Hickman, Christian Iddon was inside the top five after completing four laps, on his fifth lap the Stockport rider went top followed by FS-3 Racing’s Rory Skinner.
Fifteen minutes into the session Josh Brookes was in second place 0.063s behind top spot man Brad Ray. FS-3 Racing’s Lee Jackson was in fourth place and Kawasaki’s Leon Haslam made his way up-to fifth place.
At the half-way stage of the session Hickman returned to the top of the timing sheet, Ray was second with Brookes in third, Bridewell was in fourth place. Glenn Irwin was having a quiet session down in 18th place just in front of his all-new team-mate Tom Neave.
With just under five minutes remaining in the session Hickman stopped at turn three due to a technical problem, Peter was running in second place on the timing sheet.
The session ended with a Red Flag due to Dan Linfoot crashing at Brittans, fortunately Dan was up and ok. Brad Ray topped the second session of the day, Brookes finished in second place, Hickman was third, Rory Skinner was fourth with Team-mate Jackson finishing in fifth place.
For the final installment of testing action, Brookes was setting the pace in first place, Glenn Irwin was in second place, Jason O’Halloran was in third place, Lee Jackson was fourth. Top BMW rider was Andrew Irwin in fifth place, top rookie was Honda’s Tom Neave in ninth place.
Bridewell took second place from Glenn Irwin after completing just four laps, Tommy was just 0.174s off Josh’s best lap time. Half-way through the final session Kyle Ryde charged into first position, whilst his team-mate Ray was down in 20th place. Suzuki’s duo Danny Kent and Christian Iddon were both outside the top ten in 15th and 16th place respectively, until Iddon put a flying lap in and got into third place pushing Brookes down into fourth place.
With just seven minutes remaining in the session Kawasaki’s Lee Jackson knocked Kyle off the top spot, first place was short lived for the Lincolnshire rider as Brad Ray went into first place with the fastest lap time of the day so far. Glenn Irwin was on the move for the final minutes of the session going into second place.
Brad Ray held on to the first place with his fastest lap time of the day of 1:33.971, Glenn Irwin finished in second place, Jackson in third, O’Halloran in fourth and Ryde in fifth. Peter Hickman did not take part in the final session, the FHO BMW rider finished third overall in the combined standings.
Featured Images: RICH Energy OMG Yamaha, Tommy Bridewell Racing, FHO Racing, PR Racing, Jade Goodison photography.