HASLAM HUNTS DOWN RACE TWO WIN
Leon Haslam defeats a complicated Silverstone Circuit to win his second race of the weekend.
Much like yesterday’s Race One, Bradley Ray got the holeshot from the front row and lead polesitter, Jake Dixon, in the train of superbikes. Scotsman, Tarran Mackenzie, sat tight in third with another rostrum place in sight, but he quickly got the better of Dixon to gain second place. Mackenzie reeled in the Buildbase Suzuki rider, Ray, in attempt to get another taste for running at the front and eventually forced his McAms Yamaha up the inside of Ray on lap nine.
Tarran pulled away at the front, leaving Dixon to have no option other than to pass Ray if he wanted to keep a victory in his sights. Haslam failed to follow through so attempted to overtake Ray at Brooklands. However, Haslam clattered into the side of Ray, seeing them both lose positions- Ray from third to eighth and Haslam from fourth to fifth. As a result, Haslam had to drop one position. Haslam continued to pass Dixon, and then squeezed by Mackenzie into the lead. Haslam did drop a position to Dixon and also let Mackenzie slide past too, before repassing him on the entry to the National Pit Straight.
Haslam continued to pass Dixon on the final lap before the RAF Regular and Reserve rider dropped his bike in the gravel. At the same corner, Tarran Mackenzie followed Dixon into the gravel trap seeing his chance of securing his second rostrum as a British Superbike rookie slip away. Josh Brookes and Irwin were promoted to podium positions, where as Christian Iddon completed his race with a broken collarbone in fifth.
In regards to the showdown, Peter Hickman was running in ninth before his oil pressure sensor switch broke and did not finish. However, he still holds sixth place in the standings so the final showdown spot is still open to Hickman, Iddon, O’Halloran and Buchan.