SSP: Mar-Train Racing’s Jack Kennedy Signs Off British Supersport Championship with Podium Finish.

Published on September 26, 2022
By Dawn Hammersley

Jack Kennedy’s Final British Supersport Round at Oulton Park Ends in a Podium Celebration.

Mar-Train Racing’s Jack Kennedy fought his way back after being hit with a long lap penalty during Round nine of the British Superbike Championship to finish third on the podium in his final Supersport race of the series.

Following a DNF in Race one on the Saturday due to a technical issue, the Irish man took the lead in the opening lap of Race two on Sunday. But Luke Stapleford was hot on Kennedy’s wheels and overtook the Mar-Train machinery into Lodge. However, contact between the two bikes resulted in a crash for Stapleford and a long lap penalty for Jack.

Following his long lap, the reigning Supersport Champion re-joined the front group in fourth place and just over 3 seconds adrift of the race leader with 5 laps remaining. Jack then set the fastest lap of the race closing the gap between him and the front three.

In the final lap the Dubliner managed to catch Perrin and take third position into the final corner resulting in his 17th podium of the year.

Jack Kennedy

Another day that didn’t go quite to plan. I got a good start and into second place and then managed to get into the lead. I put my head down and Luke Stapleford managed to get past me into the last corner but I managed to pass him back into turn one. I held my natural race line but unfortunately, we touched and he went down.
This resulted in a long lap penalty which wasn’t ideal and I had to go through all the bollards at Hislops for the long lap. I came out 3-4 seconds back from the leading group and I had to work really, really hard to close down the front group again.
I just managed to get onto the back of them on the last lap and pass Perrin for third place so I’m delighted to get on the podium. With everything that happened – it’s nice to sign off with a podium for our last race in the Supersport class.
We now turn our focus to the Superbike class next week at Donington Park where I’m really excited to get going – it’s going to be a nice new chapter for me!

Tim Martin – Mar-Train Racing’s Team Owner

Well what a weekend for the last weekend in British Supersport for Mar-Train Racing.
We had our first DNF of 2022 in Race 1 where the bike suffered an issue with the gear linkage which caused Jack to crash.
Race 2 again was another rollercoaster. Jack fought for the lead and touching into turn 1 we received our first long lap penalty of the season. Jack took his medicine and fell back into fourth 2.8 seconds behind the leaders.
Jack took 0.5 seconds a lap off the front guys and managed to get third on the last corner.
Great result to finish the 2022 Mar-Train Racing Supersport season and next weekend we make the move to Superbike where our next adventure starts.

Featured Images: Mar-Train Racing.


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