BSS: Kennedy takes series lead with Brands double

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Jack Kennedy took over at the top of the Dickies British Supersport standings after a commanding double win at Brands Hatch Indy.

The Irishman held off a strong attack from double-Donington winner Ben Currie to win by just 0.006 seconds in Saturday’s opening sprint race with Jamie Perrin crossing the line third.

Currie took the lead at the start of Sunday’s second race ahead of Jamie Perrin, who was then hit with a ride through penalty after jumping the start, with Kennedy sitting third. However, a brief rain shower would bring out the red flags and temporaily halt the action.

With the shower not amounting to much, riders returned to the circuit a short while later and it was Everquip Yamaha’s James Rispoli who shot to the front.

Kennedy would soon reel in the American, and while he was able to comfortably sit in front he wasn’t able to pull a gap, but it’d be enough to cross the line to take his second win of the weekend with early title rival Currie crossing the line fourth.

Kennedy now sits four points clear of Gearlink Kawasaki’s Currie in the series standings with EHA Yamaha’s Ross Twyman slotting into third after a solid weekend finishing 4th and 6th in the two races.

Rispoli’s return to the rostrum sees him move fourth overall head of Tom Oliver, who stepped up from the Superstock 600 class this year. 

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

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