BSB: Support class round-up from Donington Park

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Bradley Perie produced not one, but two stunning performances in the Quattro Group British Supersport Championship at Donington Park to beat runaway leader Jack Kennedy.

Heading into round three it looked like Kennedy, the reigning champion, was unstoppable. The three-time Supersport champion had won all four races quite comfortably and secured pole on Saturday.

However, Perie stuck with Kennedy for the entirety of the sprint race before making a late-braking move on Kennedy at the Roberts Chicane on the final lap. It was a bold move, but it paid off and Perie took his first win of the season.

In race two, it was Perie who got the better start and the Appleyard Macadam Yamaha rider withstood constant pressure from Kennedy to cross the line with a narrow 0.060s advantage. The duo dominated proceedings, so much so that third place rider Harry Truelove was 19.630s behind them.

“We got the season going at Oulton and then stepped it up and really enjoyed ourselves here, which is really what’s it’s all supposed to be about anyway,” Perie said.

“We’ve been fast all weekend, the first race was a bit of a scrap and today felt really long, I was trying to stay consistent with my lap times and racing my pit board. I’m chuffed as it’s my first double since Knockhill, which is great as that’s where we’re off to next.”

Meanwhile, in the Pirelli National Superstock Championship it was Brayden Elliot and Tim Neave who shared the spoils at Donington Park. Saturday’s race was split into two sections following a red flag, with Elliot and Neave battling it out for victory in a shortened eight-lap sprint.

Elliot took the lead on lap four and managed to pip Neave to victory by 0.162s. It’s the CFS Filtration No Bull Racing rider’s first win of the season.

Neave went one better in race two after making his way through from sixth on the grid. The Edwards Yamaha rider took the lead on the final lap of the race, getting the better of Davey Todd. It’s Neave’s third win of the season and he now holds a 19-point lead over Elliot.

“After missing out on the win yesterday I was pretty determined to take it today [Sunday],” Neave said. “I tried to use my head as I knew my pace was good, and the race sort of came to me.

“That was exactly what I was planning on Saturday, so to execute that plan today and take the win was a nice feeling. A second and a win is a very good weekend, we extend our championship lead and things are in a really good place.”

The BSB paddock experienced its first dead heat in 27 years when MLav VisionTrack Academy duo Johnny Garness and Carter Brown crossed the line at exactly the same time in race two. The pair were both handed 25 points and shared the top step of the podium. Brown also won Saturday’s race and has closed the gap to Garness to 19 points in the standings.

Elsewhere, James McManus and Mikey Hardie were victorious in the HEL Performance British Junior Supersport Championship, whilst Max Cook continued his domination in the Pirelli National Junior Superstock Championship with his third win from four races. David Shoubridge won both Ducati TriOptions Cup races to keep his 100% record intact.

BSB now takes a break whilst the Isle of Man TT takes place. Found four of the championship will be at Knockhill on June 17-19.

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Josh Close

By Josh Close

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