It was a double delight for JG Speedfits Leon Haslam after picking up the double at the glorious Cadwell Park.
After Saturdays qualifying session it was hard to tell who was going to come out on top after the top 5 was covered by just 0.079s. But it was Buildbase Suzuki and Bradley Ray who lined up in pole position ahead of Leon Haslam and Jake Dixon. After a heavy crash in Friday’s practice, resulting in serious injury and very little movement in his left shoulder, Glenn Irwin heroicly put his Be Wiser Ducati 4th on the grid alongside fellow Ducati rider Tommy Bridewell and the FS-3 Kawasaki of Danny Buchan.
The second Be Wiser Ducati of Andrew Irwin was slapped with 5 penalty points after crossing the circuit with his bike after an incident in the morning warmup, things got worse for the younger Irwin brother after a mechanical failure exiting the pitlane on the out lap saw his race end, before it had begun.
The race got underway in mixed conditions after a slight drizzle minutes before the lights went out, but that didn’t faze Leon Haslam who blasted past poleman Bradley Ray as they headed into turn 1.
The lead then changed hands with Bradley Ray sliding past Leon Haslam as they tipped into turn 1, Danny Buchan then squeezed past his mate Jake Dixon into turn 1, forcing the RAF Kawasaki towards the white line this was before Danny Buchan lost the front as they entered the mountain section, leaving his bike to hang from the safety fence.
Moments later Chrissy Rouse, who earlier had knocked Martin Jessopp off, lost the front at the exit of Hall Bends, damaging the safety barriers, causing the safety car to be sent out.
This allowed injured riders like Irwin, Hickman who is still suffering from his Kidney injection and Jason O’Halloran to save some energy for the remaining 10 laps.
The safety car lights went out leaving Ray to decide when to go.
Leon Haslam looked comfortable in second but decided to make the pass on Bradley Ray as they climbed up into Park corner, but ran wide allowing Ray back passed. Leon then repeated the move a few laps later and made the move stick after sitting the Suzuki up on the apex of the tight right-hander.
Further back, Josh Brookes made an audacious move on Jason O’Halloran at the kink right after the mountain, forcing the Honda rider to sit up and run over the grass dropping down and out of the top 10.
Meanwhile, Glenn Irwin and Tommy Bridewell were holding of Jake Dixon who was recovering from his earlier moment with Buchan. Dixon then passed the Moto Rapido Ducati at Park before passing Irwin at the Hairpin.
The remaining laps ticked off which then saw Leon Haslam to take the flag ahead of Bradley Ray and Jake Dixon who had recovered to 3rd.
With that win, Leon Haslam extended his lead to 91 points over Jake Dixon, with 48 podium credits to his name.
Leon Haslam started race 2 from pole position, courtesy of his race 1 fastest lap alongside Bridewell and Ray.
Leon Haslam looked to have jumped the start as the Derbyshireman pulled his Kawasaki back into his grid slot before setting off towards turn 1.
With Leon, a little bit flustered Bradley Ray took advantage taking the lead before they hit turn 1 with Irwin and Hickman in 3rd and 4th.
Andrew Irwin who had made it onto the track after his earlier mechanical failure crashed on the exit of turn 2, with Bridewell also throwing away another top 5 finish at the final corner. More drama would unfold with the OMG Suzuki letting go at the bottom of Mansfield covering the track in smoke.
The McAMS Yamaha of Tarran Mackenzie then slipped off his R1 at turn 1 before the second Yamaha pulled into the pits with yet another mechanical problem.
On the 12th lap, the race kicked off with Haslam taking the lead from Bradley Ray who was then passed by Dixon who looked to go with Haslam.
Moments later the Dover rider slotted passed Haslam taking the lead at Park before the pair shook off the Suzuki making it a 2-way fight for victory.
However, there was uncertainty for the Buildbase team after Ray was under investigation for a possible technical problem.
On the penultimate lap of the race, Haslam repassed Dixon at the same place Dixon earlier passed him.
The final lap of the race saw yet more drama with Dixon lining Haslam up for yet another move into Park, but Haslam dangled his leg in front of Dixon, causing him to sit up running off the circuit and dropping into 3rd.
Leon Haslam took the win with Bradley Ray returning to form at Cadwell after coming home on the podium in both races. Jake Dixon rounded off the podium.
With 1 more round at Silverstone before the ‘showdown’ kicks off, Leon Haslam has an 86 point lead with 51 podium points.
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