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Bennetts BSB Race 2: Bridewell wins from 13th at Oulton Park

Sunday, September 26 2021

Tommy Bridewell secured an astonishing victory in the second race of the 2021 Bennetts British Superbike Championship Showdown after fighting back from an off track moment earlier in the race to take the lead on the final lap to beat the McAMS Yamaha pairing.

Championship leader Jason O'Halloran had led from the opening lap despite increasing pressure from his Title Fighter rivals, but he was unable to hold off the commanding pace from Bridewell, who had delivered a determined ride to overhaul his McAMS Yamaha rivals at the final stage of the race.

Bridewell had run out at Hizzys on the fourth lap, dropping him right down the order into 13th place when he re-joined. However, he was carving his way through the field and he was soon back on the leading group of riders led by O'Halloran.

O'Halloran was putting in an a consistent run at the front to hold the advantage as he pushed to bounce back from yesterday's crash that saw his advantage in the standings decimated, as his teammate Tarran Mackenzie took the first victory of the Showdown.

Christian Iddon, Josh Brookes and Tarran Mackenzie had been scrapping for second at mid-race distance with Peter Hickman and Lee Jackson also in the mix. On lap 13, the VisionTrack Ducati pairing were inseparable, but as they fought for second, Mackenzie seized the opportunity and was able to split the pair by passing Brookes.

Two laps later and Mackenzie made his move on Iddon for second place, with a strong pass on the brakes into Old Hall, but Iddon was instantly back ahead. But the pair soon had Bridewell for company and by the penultimate lap he had moved into second with O'Halloran in his sights.

Bridewell made his move on O'Halloran on the final lap with a move into Old Hall, and then defended hard to hold off the Australian, who was also under fire from Mackenzie. As Bridewell claimed his second race win of the season, O'Halloran was able to hold off his teammate by just 0.030s at the chequered flag to take second.

Iddon claimed fourth place, but it was a disappointing end to race two for his VisionTrack Ducati teammate as Brookes crashed out of fifth place on the final lap at Druids. That gave Hickman fifth place ahead of Jackson and Bradley Ray.

Danny Buchan was the last of the Title Fighters in eighth place, just ahead of his SYNETIQ BMW teammate Andrew Irwin as Gino Rea completed the top ten.

Glenn Irwin was the only Title Fighter who failed to finish; the Honda Racing rider started at the back of the grid after failing to exit pitlane in time following a technical issue. He was working his way through the pack, but as he moved into tenth, he crashed out unhurt at Hizzys.

Bennetts British Superbike Championship, Oulton Park, Race 2 result:

1.     Tommy Bridewell (Oxford Products Racing Ducati)
2.     Jason O'Halloran (McAMS Yamaha) +0.486s
3.     Tarran Mackenzie (McAMS Yamaha) +0.516s
4.     Christian Iddon (VisionTrack Ducati) +1.218s
5.     Peter Hickman (FHO Racing BMW) +2.372s
6.     Lee Jackson (FS-3 Racing Kawasaki) +2.463s
7.     Bradley Ray (Rich Energy OMG Racing BMW) +4.260s
8.     Danny Buchan (SYNETIQ BMW) +8.951s
9.     Andrew Irwin (SYNETIQ BMW) +11.590s
10.  Gino Rea (Buildbase Suzuki) +11.811s

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Bennetts British Superbike Championship standings after Oulton Park Race 2:

1.     Jason O'Halloran (McAMS Yamaha) 1091
2.     Tarran Mackenzie (McAMS Yamaha) 1082
3.     Tommy Bridewell (Oxford Products Racing Ducati) 1059
4.     Christian Iddon (VisionTrack Ducati) 1055
5.     Peter Hickman (FHO Racing BMW) 1037
6.     Danny Buchan (SYNETIQ BMW) 1031
7.     Josh Brookes (VisionTrack Ducati) 1022
8.     Glenn Irwin (Honda Racing) 1020

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