BSB: Linfoot pips Haslam by 0.05 for second race win

Published: 17 September 2017

Dan Linfoot backed up his wet weather Silverstone win with a stunning victory in the dry at Oulton Park this afternoon, beating title contender Leon Haslam by 0.054sec in this afternoon’s second race.

With the sun beaming down on Oulton Park, most of the day’s earlier rain had cleared from the track but with some damp patches remaining.

Poleman Jake Dixon took an early lead but an aggressive Linfoot was close on his tail with Haslam also in tow.

Dixon would begin to slip back as he lost grip from his softer Pirelli rear tyre, with Haslam taking over at the front but Linfoot was never far behind.

Making his move on the final lap, Haslam tried to fight back with the duo eventually in a drag race to the line with the Honda rider coming out on top.

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Bradley Ray took a stunning debut podium in third for Buildbase Suzuki ahead of the second-highest finishing showdown contender Peter Hickman, who was followed home by Josh Brookes and a disappointed Dixon.

An even more disappointed Shane Byrne finished seventh for Be Wiser Ducati ahead of Jason O’Halloran and Christian Iddon.

The results see Haslam take an unexpected 22-point lead in the series standings with Josh Brookes moving second, one point ahead of reigning champion Byrne. 

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