BSB: Farmer finally claims British Supersport crown

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Keith Farmer was crowned 2017 Dickies British Supersport champion in the final race of the year, beating Andrew Irwin by 13 points despite building up a hefty championship lead mid-season.

Farmer inherited the lead of the championship when reigning champion Tarran Mackenzie, who won the first six races for McAMS Yamaha, left the series for Moto2.

The Appleyard Macadam Integro Yamaha rider took control of the championship and looked set to seal it early on before a disastrous end to the year, failing to score in three of the final four races, taking the championship to the wire.


However, after crashing out of the lead in Saturday’s opening race, Farmer played it safe to bring it home fifth and take a third national title alongside his former Superstock 1000 and 600 successes. 

Irwin, one of the first to congratulate Farmer on the win, finished the race third for Gearlink Kawasaki after taking his first victory of the season in Saturday’s sprint race. 

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

Former sports reporter covering British Superbikes, World Superbikes and road racing