Points runner-up Ben Currie took yet another pole position in today’s Dickies British Supersport qualifying session as series rival Jack Kennedy called time on his weekend.
But if this morning’s lap times are anything to go on, the Gearlink Kawasaki rider won’t be bagging an easy 25 points.
Straight out of the gates, reigning National Superstock 600 champ Dan Stamper clocked the fastest opening time, but it wasn’t long before Currie sliced through the order with a 1’28.579 on just his third lap to top the session.
Just over two tenths of a second behind, however, was Tsingtao Racing MV Agusta’s new recruit Alastair Seeley, who was straight up to speed on his Supersport return while EHA Racing’s Ross Twyman and David Allingham slotted into third and fourth.
But after only completing one lap, series leader Jack Kennedy was forced to park his Integro Yamaha with too much pain from his injuries as the Irishman called time on his weekend.
In the fight for GP2 bragging rights, former British Superbike runner Kyle Ryde, who was thought to have recently taken a reprieve from racing, was tempted back into the RS Racing camp for the weekend where he stuck the team’s Kalex into eighth, just ahead of team-mate Josh Owens.
With less than eight minutes to go, Currie went even faster with a 1’28.085, while Slidecodor/Go Racing Developments’ Jamie Perrin moved up into second - but still a half second off Currie.
Allingham, however, didn’t let that fly and moments later he laid down a low 1’28 to nudge Perrin back to third, before his team-mate Twyman took second away from the Northern Irishman with a lap just 0.008s off Currie’s time to bag his first front row start.
But no one could go better than the Aussie and Currie took yet another pole position, with the EHA boys joining him on row one.
Kyle Ryde’s lap after the chequered flag puts him fourth on the grid for this afternoon’s sprint race, just ahead of Bradley Jones and Perrin.
Owens, Seeley and SGR Racing’s Tom Oliver complete the third row.