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Silverstone BSB: O’Halloran turns tables in race three

Jason O’Halloran turned the tables on his McAMS Yamaha teammate Tarran Mackenzie from earlier in the day to win the final Bennetts British Superbike Championship race of the Silverstone weekend on Sunday with Josh Brookes joining them on the podium.

The result meant reigning champion Brookes grabbed the final Showdown position for VisionTrack Ducati with Honda’s Glenn Irwin and Synetiq BMW’s Danny Buchan also confirming their places alongside O’Halloran, Mackenzie, Tommy Bridewell, Christian Iddon and Peter Hickman for the final three-round shoot-out that gets underway at Oulton Park in two weeks time.
The race originally saw Brookes leading proceedings from Bridewell and O’Halloran but the red flag came out on the eleventh lap after Luke Stapleford had a big crash through the complex when his Buildbase Suzuki expired in a plume of smoke, the former British Supersport champion thankfully escaping injury.
Restarted over 15 laps, Brookes grabbed the holeshot from Gino Rea and Bridewell with the latter taking second towards the end of the lap with O’Halloran, Mackenzie and Andrew Irwin slotting into the top six.
The race didn’t last much longer for Rea as he crashed out on lap two but back at the front, Brookes continued to lead from new second place man O’Halloran with Bridewell, Mackenzie and Iddon in hot pursuit.
After four laps, the front five had a near second advantage over Buchan who was running in sixth and Mackenzie had overhauled Bridewell to make it two McAMS Yamaha’s in the top three.
Lap five saw Buchan pushed back a place by Ryan Vickers but on lap seven, there were significant changes at the front as O’Halloran grabbed the lead from Brookes and Bridewell and Iddon lost ground after running wide at Becketts.
Mackenzie followed O’Halloran by Brookes on the eighth lap and the leading trio were now over a second clear of Bridewell and Iddon who’d fallen into the clutches of the seven riders battling for sixth.
Brookes ran wide on lap eight to drop back from the two Yamahas and at the end of lap ten, he was 1.2s adrift of Mackenzie and battling to keep the final podium position from fellow Ducati runner Bridewell.
Lap 11 saw Mackenzie briefly take the lead at Brooklands only to run immediately wide and hand the initiative back to O’Halloran and on the penultimate lap, Bridewell edged ahead of Brookes in the battle for third.
However, he then ran wide on the final lap to give third back to Brookes but at the front O’Halloran held on for the win from Mackenzie, his 11th of the season.
Buchan capitalised on Bridewell’s error to take fourth with Iddon in sixth and Bradley Ray, Lee Jackson, Glenn Irwin and Vickers completing the top ten.

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