BSB Snetterton: Tarran Mackenzie wins Pirelli Race of Aces Trophy with race three victory
Tarran Mackenzie overcame the challenge of Tommy Bridewell to secure his second victory of the weekend at Snetterton in a five-lap dash.
The McAMS Yamaha rider was forced to work hard for the victory, with Bridewell using the power of the Ducati V4 R to his advantage. The duo momentarily swapped positions through Brundle/Nelson on the final lap, however Mackenzie was able to pull away through Coram and held his advantage to the line.
It's Mackenzie's fourth victory of the 2021 season and he also leaves Norfolk with the Pirelli Race of Aces Trophy after accumulating the most points over the course of the weekend. With O'Halloran having to settle for third, Mackenzie has moved to within 30 podium points of his teammate. Bridewell extended his run of podiums and has now been confirmed as a 2021 Showdown contender.
The original race was red flagged on lap nine following a mechanical issue for Danny Buchan. Smoke came from the back of his BMW M1000 RR at the end of the Bentley Straight, with the track being contaminated instantly. As a result, Buchan was thrown over the handlebars into Brundle, with Lee Jackson and Andrew Irwin crashing on the oil into Nelson. Buchan and Jackson were unable to make the restart due to the damage caused.
Gino Rea capped off an impressive weekend in fourth spot, whilst Christian Iddon secured a much-needed top five finish. Iddon is now confirmed as a Showdown contender. VisionTrack Ducati teammate Josh Brookes secured another top six finish in sixth, ahead of Peter Hickman who made a great recovery after being forced to start from the back of the original grid.
Dan Linfoot was eighth, whilst the Rich Energy OMG Racing BMW duo of Bradley Ray and Kyle Ryde completed the top 10. Glenn and Andrew Irwin with 11th and 12th respectively, with Ryan Vickers, Luke Stapleford and Rory Skinner completing the top 15.
Skinner somehow managed to stay onboard his FS-3 Racing Kawasaki after running wide coming out of the final corner. The Scot was thrown all over his bike, which was equally out of control, but he managed to avoid a crash.
Storm Stacey crashed at Wilson, whilst Xavi Fores crashed out of 12th spot at Agostini on lap five. Brian McCormack returns to the pits and retired from the race, whilst Joe Francis retired during the five-lap restart. Ryo Mizuno did not start the final race of the weekend.
The BSB paddock heads straight to Silverstone for the final round of the main season next weekend, with the Showdown rounds beginning at Oulton Park on September 24-26.
BSB Snetterton: Jason O'Halloran beats Tarran Mackenzie to take victory in race two
First published: 5 September 2021 at 13:09 by Josh Close
The duo were neck and neck for most of the race, with O'Halloran taking the lead on the penultimate lap at Nelson. Mackenzie responded at Agostini on the final lap, however O'Halloran wasn't finished and went down the inside at Brundle and held the line into Nelson.
The Australian is now in double figures for the season and has accumulated a total of 16 podiums from 20 races. He extends his podium points lead to 34 over Mackenzie in the championship standings.
Tommy Bridewell completed the podium once again to extend his podium run to six races. Bridewell saved a huge moment with a few laps to go at Coram, with the Oxford Products Racing Ducati rider's knee hitting the grass around Coram.
Josh Brookes was fourth for the second consecutive race after battling back through the order after running wide on a couple of occasions in the opening laps. Gino Rea completed the top five on his Buildbase Suzuki. Rea led the opening few laps after a storming start from fourth on the grid. A mistake at Wilson saw him drop from first to fourth on lap four. It's Rea's best result of the season.
Lee Jackson was sixth for FS-3 Racing Kawasaki, ahead of local favourite Ryan Vickers and SYNETIQ BMW rider Andrew Irwin. Rory Skinner and Peter Hickman completed the top 10.
Christian Iddon was 11th on the second VisionTrack Ducati V4 R, beating Bradley Ray to the line by only 0.021s. Danny Buchan came home in 13th, whilst Glenn Irwin and Kyle Ryde secured the final points on offer in race two.
Joe Francis returned to the pits at the end of lap five and retired from the race. Two laps later, Dan Linfoot also returned to his TAG Racing Honda garage and retired. Linfoot dropped to the back of the pack on the opening lap after saving an almost certain crash.
Ryo Mizuno became the third rider to retire at the end of lap 10, with the Japanese Honda rider returning to his garage.
The final BSB race of the weekend at Snetterton is due to begin at 16:30.
BSB Snetterton: Tarran Mackenzie takes hard fought victory in race one
First published: 4 September 2021 by Josh Close
Mackenzie had to fight hard against McAMS Yamaha teammate Jason O'Halloran, whilst Tommy Bridewell was also in the mix on his Ducati. The trio were neck and neck coming out of the final corner, with Mackenzie taking the narrowest of victories.
Bridewell used the power of the Ducati V4 R to pip O'Halloran to second spot, with the podium finishers covered by just 0.095s. It's Mackenzie's third victory of the season, and he moves to within 32 podiums points of leader O'Halloran.
It’s the first victory at the Norfolk for Mackenzie, whilst it's also the first Yamaha victory at Snetterton since 2012, when Tommy Hill was victorious on the Swan Yamaha R1.
Josh Brookes came home in fourth spot after an enthralling battle with Lee Jackson. It continues Brookes' good run of form, with the reigning champion beginning to look like his old self - with a fantastic move around the outside of Jackson at Brundle and then down the inside at Nelson being one of his standout moments.
Ryan Vickers secured his best result at his home round in sixth spot, ahead of Peter Hickman and Rory Skinner. Bradley Ray and Danny Buchan completed the top 10 on their respective BMW M1000 RR machines.
Dan Linfoot and Xavi Fores were 11th and 12th respectively, whilst Storm Stacey, Takumi Takahashi and Joe Francis secured the final points on offer this afternoon.
Christian Iddon's race came to an end on the opening lap when he crashed at Oggies. That's the VisionTrack Ducati rider's fifth DNF in the last 10 races. A few laps later Glenn Irwin crashed out of the lead at the same corner, resulting in the McAMS Yamaha duo being able break free from the field.
Gino Rea crashed at the Bombhole following a confusing moment involving Andrew Irwin. The latter had a bike problem and raised his hand to warn his fellow riders, however, the riders behind were then forced to slow down and Rea was left with nowhere to go and had to take action to avoid Jackson. Irwin retired from the race a few corners later.
BSB Snetterton: Glenn Irwin secures second consecutive pole position
First published: 4 September 2021 at 11:57 by Josh Close
The Honda Racing UK rider posted a 1:46.354 in the early stages of the session and was untouchable for the remainder of Q2. Irwin has a good record at the Norfolk circuit, picking up a victory and the Race of Aces Trophy here last year.
Jason O'Halloran managed to get to within 0.033s of Irwin's time, with McAMS Yamaha teammate Tarran Mackenzie a further 0.105s back in third. The front row is covered by 0.138s.
Lee Jackson heads row two for FS-3 Racing Kawasaki, ahead of Peter Hickman and Andrew Irwin. Hickman was left visibly frustrated after being held up by a recovering Bradley Ray heading into the final corner. Hickman was on a personal best when he encountered Ray, who was on his way back to the pits after a fall at Wilson (T2). Ray is currently under investigation.
Gino Rea was seventh ahead of reigning champion Josh Brookes, who collided with teammate Christian Iddon at the final corner with only a few minutes remaining. Brookes was on his final flying lap when he encountered Iddon, and attempted to go down the inside at Murrays but there wasn't enough room for both riders. Brookes and Iddon both crashed as a result. Iddon will start race one from 11th.
Ryan Vickers will start his home race from ninth, whilst Tommy Bridewell completed the top 10. Rory Skinner qualified 12th for his first Superbike race at Snetterton, ahead of Dan Linfoot and Danny Buchan. The latter topped this morning's FP3 session. Takumi Takahashi, Storm Stacey, Joe Francis and Bradley Ray complete the top 18.
Kyle Ryde, who is still recovering from a fractured heel, was the best of the rest in Q1 and will start the race from 19th on the grid. Ryde missed out on a spot in Q2 by just 0.014s.
Ryde will be joined on the seventh row by Xavi Fores and Ryo Mizuno, with Luke Stapleford, Dean Harrison, Bjorn Estment and Brian McCormack completing the grid.
The opening BSB race of the weekend is due to begin at 16:30.
BSB Snetterton: Peter Hickman pips Danny Buchan to top spot on day one
First published: 3 September 2021 by Josh Close
The FHO Racing BMW rider topped both sessions with late flying laps, continuing his fine run of form after a double win at Cadwell Park. In this afternoon's FP2 session, he knocked Josh Brookes off top spot with a few seconds remaining, posting a lap-time of 1:47.074. That is under the existing lap record, a 1:47.143 set by Shane Byrne in 2017.
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The returning Danny Buchan moved up to second with his final lap of the day. The SYNETIQ BMW rider was also under the lap record, posting a 1:47.133. Buchan missed the race meeting at Cadwell Park after suffering a concussion at Donington Park.
Reigning champion Brookes led most of the session on the VisionTrack Ducati. The Aussie is looking to continue his upwards trajectory after securing two fifth places at Cadwell - his best results in the dry this year.
Lee Jackson was a mere 0.003s further back in fourth spot, with championship leader Jason O'Halloran completing the top five. Glenn Irwin was sixth for Honda, whilst Rory Skinner ended his maiden day on a Superbike at Snetterton in seventh.
Bradley Ray was eighth, with Gino Rea and Tommy Bridewell completing the top 10. All six manufacturers finished inside the top 10 at the Norfolk circuit today. Tarran Mackenzie and Andrew Irwin secured the final two automatic Q2 qualification spots.
Ryan Vickers was best of the rest in 13th ahead of his home race meeting. The Royal Air Force Regular & Reserve Kawasaki rider was 0.274s off a spot in Q2. Title-chasing Christian Iddon also missed out in 14th.
Luke Stapleford was 21st on his Superbike return. Stapleford is replacing the injured Danny Kent at Buildbase Suzuki this weekend.
Rich Energy OMG Racing BMW's Kyle Ryde ended his first day back in 24th. Ryde is still relying on his crutches in order to get to his BMW M1000RR after fracturing his heel during the extra test session held on the Thursday evening at Cadwell Park.
Tomorrow's FP3 session is scheduled to begin at 09:00, whilst Q1 and Q2 will take place at 10:50 and 11:09 respectively. The opening BSB race of the weekend will begin at 16:30.