Rea makes it two from two at Wanneroo

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Jonathan Rea made it two from two when he won the second 15-lap Kings of Wanneroo race at the Barbagallo Raceway on Sunday coming through from a sluggish start to win by an eventual 4.3seconds.

The Ulsterman hit the front on the sixth lap and took his second victory of the day from fellow countrymen Alastair Seeley and Ian Lowry.

It was Seeley who grabbed the holeshot but a poor start by Rea saw him drop back, a problem exacerbated by him running wide at the first corner and slipping back to fifth.

Seeley completed the first lap ahead of Shannon Johnson, Ian Lowry, Jeremy McWilliams and Rea and as Johnson went for the lead at Turn One he and Seeley had a slight coming together with the ensuing fight for space seeing Rea leap up to third.

The Hannspree Ten Kate rider then pushed Seeley back to third half a lap later through the Skyline section.

Lowry was right with them in fourth but Simon Andrews lost ground when he almost highsided coming out of the final corner. At the front though, it was all about Rea and Johnson as the duo exchanged places over the next couple of laps.

However, on the sixth lap, Rea hit the front for good and the Australian KTM rider ran wide allowing Seeley back up to third.

Indeed, it was the end of the race for the Australian as an ignition problem forced him out later that lap thus removing some of the sting out of the race.

Rea took full advantage of the clear track in front of him and gradually eased away from Seeley whilst he did a similar trick over Lowry who was in a secure third.

Behind, fourth was anything but secure as Andrew Pitt and Daniel Stauffer fought tooth and nail for the position with Pitt finally securing the place with three laps to go.

The Yamaha rider was only half a second behind at the chequered flag though with Jeremy McWilliams taking sixth at the end of another 15 tough laps.

Andrews held on for seventh ahead of Cameron Keevers whilst Conor Cummins made up for the disappointment of the first race by taking a solid ninth after being involved in a five rider dice for the position.

Ben Henry, team-mate to Stauffer for the weekend, rounded out the top ten with Keith Amor 11th, Guy Martin 13th, Ryan Farquhar 15th and Ian Lougher 16th.

David Johnson had to miss the race due to damaged forks from his first race spill whilst Michael Swann was another rider unable to take the start, his KTM having expired in the first race.

Race 2 result (15 laps) – Sunday
1 Jonathan Rea (Hon-GB)
2 Alastair Seeley (Suz-GB) +4.326s
3 Ian Lowry (Suz-GB) +8.977s
4 Andrew Pitt (Hon-AUS) +14.018s
5 Daniel Stauffer (Yam-AUS) +14.630s
6 Jeremy McWilliams (KTM-GB) +16.998s
7 Simon Andrews (Kaw-GB) +18.787s
8 Cameron Keevers (Hon-AUS) +20.568s
9 Conor Cummins (Yam-GB) +23.850s
10 Ben Henry (Yam-AUS) +24.344s

Phil Wain

By Phil Wain