Bradley Ray Gets His First Career Treble Win To Take The Race Of Aces Trophy At Snetterton.
For the final racing installment at Snetterton Tarran Mackenzie was on pole position, Bradley Ray was in second place with Tommy Bridewell in third place on the grid. Podium credits are vital for the showdown contenders! Each showdown rider will be given 1000 points plus their podium credits for round nine at Oulton Park in two weeks’ time. The riders outside of the showdown will be showing their worth as they are riding for a place on the grid for the 2023 season.
Tarran Mackenzie got the holeshot into turn one Riches, Andrew Irwin had another great start getting into third place. Christian Iddon crashed out at Montreal, not a great round for the Suzuki rider. Brad Ray took charge of proceedings at Williams and was leading the race.
Glenn Irwin slipped underneath his brother on lap two to take third place. Peter Hickman and Jason O’Halloran were dicing for sixth place. Tom Sykes crashed out at the Hairpin, he looked to have been nudged off track by Danny Buchan.
Yet again the leading duo cleared away from the rest of the field; with a two second gap to Glenn Irwin. Bradley ran wide at the Hairpin on lap five allowing Mackenzie to lead the race. Danny Buchan and Chrissy Rouse both entered the pits on lap six. Peter Hickman ran off track, he managed to rejoin and was in sixth place.
At the half-way stage of the race Glenn was catching the leading duo, Bridewell was in fourth place with O’Halloran in fifth place.
Storm Stacey’s bike had a mechanical issue on lap eight on the start/finish straight which brought out the safety car.
The field were bunched up and ready for a six-lap dash, all the riders were safely through the Hairpin. There was now a four-way battle for first place, Ray took the lead from Mackenzie, Glenn was in third place. Mackenzie ran so wide mid-corner into Riches, Glenn took the second place from Mackenzie, this was helping Brad to make a slight gap at the front of the field.
Jason O’Halloran was joining the party in fourth place with Hickman in fifth place. Tarran reclaimed the second-place spot from Glenn. Hickman got the better of O’Halloran for fourth place.
Bradley Ray crossed the finish line to take his first ever racing career treble win, Bradley, Tarran and Glenn were all handed a time penalty due to overtaking the safety car, so the finishing result was Bradley Ray won the race as he had a sufficient three second gap to still be the race winner, Hickman was moved up to second place with Tarran having to settle for third place.
The 2022 Showdown starts at Oulton Park on Friday 23rd September.
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