Editorial note: American Julian Correa, driving his Microlise Cresswell Racing Honda, qualified 18th and finished 17th in the British Talent Cup Race One on Saturday at Snetterton.
More, from a press release issued by MotorSPort Vision Racing:
Bennetts British Superbike Championship honors Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
The British Bennetts Superbike Championship paid tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Snetterton today with a two-minute grid silence ahead of the first Superbike race of the weekend.
Bradley Ray then took a resounding victory in the opening race of the weekend, mastering the eBay Sprint Race to take the checkered flag with a 2.437 second advantage.
Early in the race Ray took the lead, but on the first lap Danny Buchan saw his Showdown chances made even more difficult when he was involved in an accident with Ryan Vickers and Josh Owens at Agostini. The incident prompted the deployment of the BMW safety car.
When the race resumed, Ray was leading the field and the championship leader continued to try to break up the field, taking an advantage that led to his fifth win of the season.
The scramble for Showdown Title Fighter positions continued and defending champion Tarran Mackenzie fought his way through the field after losing places at the start, fighting his way up to second in eighth round.
Mackenzie managed to fend off challenges from Yamaha rival Kyle Ryde as the rider in the most precarious position in the standings returned to the podium for the first time since Donington Park. Ryde enters tomorrow’s two deciding races with a 30-point margin over Buchan in ninth place.
Christian Iddon achieved his best result of the season in fourth place for the Buildbase Suzuki team, he had been involved in the battle for the podium after starting from pole position.
Leon Haslam delivered an impressive performance to move up the order from 21st on the grid to finish the race in fifth place for home team VisionTrack Kawasaki to keep their outside chance of a Showdown place.
Lee Jackson finished sixth in the race, scoring valuable points that would confirm his place in the showdown for the first time to ensure both Cheshire Moldings FS-3 Kawasaki riders enter the final title fight.
Tom Sykes finished seventh on the Ducati MCE in the lead, fending off challenges from Peter Hickman, who dropped a position in the standings, and Glenn Irwin.
Irwin had been battling for a top-five spot when he crashed on lap seven, but also became the fifth driver to secure his spot in the Showdown. Danny Kent rounded out the top ten for Buildbase Suzuki.
There was disappointment for Tommy Bridewell; the Oxford Products Racing Ducati rider appeared to be suffering from a technical problem. He was briefly halted in the seventh round before continuing, but he failed to score a point in his quest to become one of Showdown’s Title Fighters.
Five riders are confirmed in the Showdown and three Title Fighter positions remain available with six riders in mathematical contention before the two races tomorrow.
Bennetts British Superbike Championship, Snetterton, eBay Sprint race:
- Bradley Ray (Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha)
- Tarran Mackenzie (McAMS Yamaha) +2.437s
- Kyle Ryde (Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha) +4.474s
- Christian Iddon (Buildbase Suzuki) +4.894s
- Leon Haslam (VisionTrack Kawasaki) +8.353s
- Lee Jackson (Cheshire Moldings FS-3 Kawasaki) +9.264s
- Tom Sykes (MCE Ducati) +10.146s
- Peter Hickman (FHO Racing BMW) +11.412s
- Glenn Irwin (Honda Racing UK) +12.713s
- Danny Kent (Buildbase Suzuki) +13.273s
Bennetts British Superbike Championship standings:
1. Bradley Ray (Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha) 397 – CONFIRMED CLASH
2. Jason O’Halloran (McAMS Yamaha) 363 – CONFIRMED MATCHUP
3. Rory Skinner (Cheshire Moldings FS-3 Kawasaki) 241 – CONFIRMED CLASH
4. Lee Jackson (Cheshire Moldings FS-3 Kawasaki) 235 – CONFIRMED CLASH
5. Glenn Irwin (Honda Racing UK) 221 – Clash CONFIRMED
6. Tarran Mackenzie (McAMS Yamaha) 206
7. Tommy Bridewell (Oxford Products Racing Ducati) 201
8. Kyle Ryde (Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha) 194
9. Danny Buchan (SYNETIQ BMW) 164
10. Leon Haslam (VisionTrack Kawasaki) 154
11. Peter Hickman (FHO Racing BMW) 152
For more information on the Bennetts British Superbike Championship, visit www.britishsuperbike.com
Rich OMG Racing Yamaha
Winner of the race
“I knew I had to try and get in front and kind of set my own pace and drive my own race, if I got in with people and started fighting it would hamper my lap times.
“I was really aggressive at the start and managed to go from fifth to first on the first lap and then unfortunately the safety car came out. I knew coming back from Oulton Park that after the car from safety, I just needed to do a few quick laps, stun the group a bit, take a bit of a gap and manage it throughout the race.
“I felt really good, to be honest I probably had more in the tank, gave them a few quick laps at the start and settled in. I feel really good for the two long races tomorrow. “