Iddon Doubles Up.
British Superbike Race 1 saw Christian Iddon (Tyco BMW) make a solid start and attach himself to Haslam, Ellison and Mossey from the off. The S 1000 RR rider was steady in fourth, riding well within himself. His fourth would soon become third as Ellison slid out of the lead. Further down, Peter Hickman (Smith’s BMW) again fought his way through the field to establish himself as the second fastest BMW. Much of his race was spent holding off former champion Brookes and chasing down Irwin.
Championship contender vs. championship leader
As the race went on, Iddon began to close in on Haslam and on lap 21 he slipped through and up to a provisional second place. Haslam and Iddon were joined by reigning champion Shakey Byrne on the penultimate lap – igniting a magnificent battle for second and third. The Tyco rider crossed the line in third to claim his second podium of 2017.
Race 2 saw the grid form up in largely the same order, but with Ellison missing due to a technical problem, Iddon had clear track ahead of him and was straight up to third. Hickman followed suit, having improved the cornering of his Smith’s machine between races.
As the race approached one-third distance, Iddon slipped passed championship-leader Haslam and moved the S 1000 RR into second. But the race was far from over, the top four split by just half a second for most of the second half of the race. A crash for Byrne with just four laps left meant it was a two-rider battle for victory between Iddon and Mossey.
Iddon would be forced to settle for second, but walks away from Brands with third place in the championship standings. Seventh in the race helps Hickman stay inside the top six, crucial for ‘The Showdown’ at the end of the season.
Tight as ever in the stock class
Both Stock 1000 races produced thrilling action right until the end. The 50-mile race saw Adam ‘Jenko’ Jenkinson start from pole position but drop back as the race began. Meanwhile Ian Hutchinson (Tyco BMW) put in a strong effort to claw his way up the field with consistent lap times, getting himself up to third just as the red flag came out due to rain.
With the red flag out, the result stood and all the riders began to prepare for Monday’s race. Jenkinson made up for Sunday’s sins and battled for victory from the word go with Cooper and Buchan, passing them for the lead at mid-race. Behind it was once again Ian Hutchinson setting the pace, beating Josh Elliot’s 2015 lap record as he pulled himself into podium contention once more.
Jenko’ was joined by Hutchinson in battling for the win with nine laps to go, the top four all within just a few tenths of each other. The pair of BMW S 1000 RRs diced for victory – neck and neck through Paddock Hill Bend on more than one occasion. It was Hutchinson who came out on top ahead of Jenkinson, the BMW S 1000 RR filling five of the top ten spots.
The championship now begins to prepare for Oulton Park and Round 3 on the 29th of April to the 1st of May. Full information can be found here.