Smiths Triumph’s Glen Richards bagged the Motorpoint British Supersport pole position at Oulton Park this morning, beating team-mate and fellow Aussie Billy McConnell by just 0.089 of a second.
The Adelaide men both went under championship leader Jack Kennedy’s lap time in the closing seconds of the session demoting the Mar-Train Yamaha rider to third, just 0.157 behind Richard’s time.
The battle for the last front row position went down to the wire too with Luke Mossey, Ben Wilson and Richard Cooper all sitting in fourth atone point within the last two minutes of the session. In the end it was the reigning National Superstock 1000 Champion, Cooper, who took fourth ahead of Wilson and Mossey to sit on the front row for only the second time this year.
TAG Triumph’s Christian Iddon managed to take seventh after some earlier electronic issues saw him miss the first half of the session. LukeJones is eighth and 1.5 seconds off of pole position.
Appleyard Macadam’s Deane Brown heads the third row with his last lap seeing him clinch ninth ahead of 777RR Triumph’s Pauli Pekkanen. Cup Championship leader Glenn Irwin is eleventh and Sam Warren slipped down to 12th on the grid for this afternoon’s Sprint race after a crash five minutes into the session saw him post just four laps and drop from third.