Jason O’Halloran put on a riding display at Thruxton this weekend dominating all three Bennetts British Superbike Championship races at the Hampshire circuit.
The three victories made it seven out of 12 so far this season and enabled him to not only regain the championship lead but build upon it considerably with his podium credits now 16 more than nearest rival Christian Iddon who could only muster one podium and was taken out of race two.
Having taken pole position on Saturday, the Australian kickstarted the races in the ideal fashion, getting the victory in the opening race of the weekend by a commanding 2.4s. That set the tone for the remainder of the weekend and he never looked back.
“What a weekend! I started with a triple at Oulton and to have another one here is amazing,” O’Halloran said at the conclusion of the weekend.
“Saturday was a really good day for us and we had really strong pace in qualifying and converted that to the race. I got out the front and did my own thing, controlled the pace to what I wanted it to be.
“It’s a really nice feeling when you see that sort of gap behind you, I’ve not had one of those wins for a while – it’s usually a scrap towards the end so I really enjoyed it.”
He then repeated the result in Sunday’s first 20-lappar, again dominating proceedings with his margin of victory on this occasion an even healthier 3.5s. And he then proved he could do it in the wet too, opting for a wet front and an intermediate rear for the final race to complete his hat-trick and make him now the firm favourite for this year’s title.
“I got a good start to Sunday’s first race and I knew Glenn (Irwin) would have a go early on but I was able to get by him quickly and then settled into my rhythm. I don’t want to sound arrogant but I was able to do the lap times quite easily and although Glenn reduced the gap mid-way through, I upped the pace again and was able to pull clear.
“Full wets were probably the safer option for the final race but I made a last minute decision to change the rear and although I saw Taz and Hicky getting away initially, I was able to reel them in. It got a bit sketchy when the rain came back and I knew it was important to keep the heat in the tyres so just kept pushing.”