Synetiq BMW’s Danny Buchan reeled off his second British Superbike Championship victory and third podium of the Bank Holiday weekend at Cadwell Park, a brace of results that have seen him surge right back into Showdown contention.
Having arrived at round seven seemingly well out of the BSB title challenge having slipped some 60 points down on provisional eighth-place sitter Tommy Bridewell, Buchan ends it just 14 points adrift of Rich Energy OMG Yamaha’s Kyle Ryde after a career-making weekend yielding two wins and one podium.
Landing his and Synetiq BMW’s first win of the year in race two, Buchan was in similarly formidable form for the final race of the afternoon as he hustled his way past OMG’s Bradley Ray mid-way around the opening lap to secure a lead he’d maintain to the flag.
Indeed, just as in race two, while Buchan was chased hard by Ray and Oxford Products Ducati’s Bridewell, neither were close enough for an attack, the pair settling for the same podium spots as earlier in the day.
It means race one winner Ray rises back to the head of the overall standings following his win and two second place results, while he is also now right on the shoulder of McAMS Yamaha’s Jason O’Halloran for podium credits too.
Another rider to make in-roads towards a late Showdown bid, Leon Haslam’s second fourth place finish of the day on the VisionTrack Kawasaki puts him in distant contention, 35 points adrift of Ryde. Similarly, FHO BMW’s Peter Hickman - who finished sixth - is 34 points in range of the under pressure OMG Yamaha rider.
Cheshire Mouldings FS-3 Kawasaki’s Rory Skinner completed a successful weekend in fifth place - to secure his place in the Showdown fight - ahead of Hickman, with Honda’s Glenn Irwin leading home O’Halloran and McAMS teammate Tarran Mackenzie, the erstwhile dominant duo enduring a lacklustre weekend around the tricky technical Cadwell Park circuit.