Leon Haslam picked up from where he left off on Saturday at the Silverstone National circuit, picking up two more wins at the Northamptonshire circuit.
The Silverstone National circuit exceeded all expectations after providing two more exceptional races under the Northamptonshire sun.
After his win on Saturday, Leon Haslam was the race favourite for race 2 along with his fellow podium finishes from Saturday, Irwin, and Mackenzie.
But it was Jake Dixon who started from pole position alongside Suzuki’s Bradley Ray who was looking to bounce back after his fall on Saturday with Aussies Josh Brookes starting third.
Much like race 1, it was Bradley Ray who took the holeshot as the pack headed into Copse. It was another race long battle with the leading riders swapping paint every lap but Haslam got it slightly wrong as he dived under Suzuki’s Bradley Ray who shut the door just as the Kawasaki got his nose under Ray, forcing the Buildbase Suzuki wide and dropped out of the podium group.
The final spot in the showdown was between Hickman, Buchan, Iddon, and O’Halloran but disaster would strike for the Smiths BMW after an oil seal went, leaving Hickman smoking on the side of the circuit as he limped back to the pits.
The blow-up for Hickman would cause drama as the race come to an end, with Haslam fighting Dixon for the win and Tarran Mackenzie looking to pass his team-mate Josh Brookes for the final podium spot. But Dixon and Mackenzie got into Brooklands to hot, clipping Hickmans oil and left them both sliding into the gravel on the final lap of race 2.
Tarran Mackenzie and Jake Dixons crash on the final lap promoted Josh Brookes and Glenn Irwin onto the podium, Glenns second of the weekend.
A heroic ride from Christian Iddon with a broken Collarbone saw him grab 5th position just behind Honda’s Jason O’Halloran who set his sights on the showdown.
It was a bad weekend for Tyco BMW’s Michael Laverty after a 14th place finish in race 1 and a mechanical issue in race 2 left the Irishman hoping for some luck in the race.
Despite the blowup for Hickman, he was still just safe in the showdown as they headed into the third and final race.
Race 3 saw Leon Haslam line up on pole with Honda’s O’Halloran alongside him with Tarran Mackenzie rounding off the front row.
The drama would unfold before the race even kicked off with Peter Hickman suffering the consequences of his earlier mechanical, forcing the BMW rider to pit at the end of the warm-up lap.
It was O’Halloran who took the lead as they tipped into turn 1 with Haslam, Mackenzie, and Brookes close behind. Luke Mossey then stepped off his ZX-10R at Copse bringing out the red flag, much to the delight of Peter Hickman, and Danny Buchan who had run off the track at Brooklands.
The race restarted and it was once again O’Halloran who had took the lead but would soon drop back after Mackenzie moved up into the lead, followed by Haslam and Dixon.
Andrew Irwin’s race came to an abrupt end at the end of lap 1 after getting caught up in a crash at Luffield as the riders fought for position.
The race was once again an edge of the seat contest with a race-long battle between Tarran Mackenzie and Leon Haslam for the win with some hard moves being made between the two riders.
The battle went on right to the final lap with Haslam sending it down the inside of Mackenzie at the penultimate corner snatching the maiden win away from Mackenzie, making it Haslam’s third of the weekend.
Further back it was heartbreak for Hickman who’s mechanical issues came back to haunt him, dropping the Smiths rider down into 19th.
Luckily Hickman’s main rival, Danny Buchan only managed to finish 12th meaning that he had done enough to stay inside the top 6.
As the British Superbike field head to Oulton Park the Showdown 6 are:
- Haslam 568
- Dixon 523
- Brookes 519
- Ray 519
- Irwin 516
- Hickman 506
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