Oulton BSB: Kennedy wins BSS sprint, Nesbitt wins GP2 crown
Phil wain |
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Jack Kennedy took top honors in the Quattro Group British Supersport Championship Sprint race at Oulton Park on Saturday and in doing so regained the lead in the title standings.
RS Racing’s Charlie Nesbitt won the GP2 Championship with 135 points with his sixth place finish.
Kennedy took the lead in the HEL Performance / Bournemouth Kawasaki and immediately widened the gap to the rest of the field, but Ben Currie quickly began to reattach him to the Gearlink Kawasaki. Indeed, after three rounds, the championship rivals were separated by only 0.148s.
They had widened a three-second gap on the fighting quartet of Lee Johnston, Bradley Perie, Harry Truelove and Nesbitt, the latter once again being the top rider in GP2 on his RS Racing Kalex. Poleman Scott Swann was in a solid seventh place and was battling Dutch regular Jamie van Sikkelerus.
Halfway through the race, Kennedy continued to lead Currie, the gap doubling to 0.395s, but there was a change further down with Truelove now having moved up to third at Johnston’s expense.
Behind them, no less than six riders contested for seventh place, Swann continuing to lead ahead of GP2 riders Dan Jones and Jamie Perrin and his compatriots in 600cc Korie McGreevy, Sikkelerus and Rhys Irwin.
In the final third of the race Kennedy and Currie continued to circulate in close formation but in the finals the Australian fell back and this allowed the former two-time champion Kennedy to win by a comfortable 3.5 seconds with Truelove at a similar distance in third on the Truelove Brothers Racing Yamaha.
Johnston and Perie both lost ground in the title race finishing fourth and fifth respectively, but sixth overall and the class victory saw Nesbitt clinch the GP2 title.
He was followed at home in the race by Jones, Perrin and Mason Law with van Sikkelerus the sixth 600cc machine past the checkered flag in tenth position overall.
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