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BritishSSP Snetterton Sprint Race | Stapleford crash hands victory to Booth-Amos

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Tom Booth-Amos, Gearlink, Kawasaki 636, 2023 BritishSSP, Snetterton, action [credit - Tim Keeton/Impact Images]

Tom Booth-Amos was the man to capitalise on a late fall from the lead by Luke Stapleford to clinch his fourth win of the 2023 British Supersport Championship [BritishSSP] season in the Sprint Race at Snetterton.

Fresh from scoring a career-best sixth place result in the WorldSSP Championship, which he is dovetailing with campaign in BritishSSP this year, at Donington Park last weekend, Booth-Amos seemed destined to lose more ground to points’ leader Stapleford after a brief mid-race challenge faded in the latter stages.

However, with just under two laps of the race remaining, Stapleford threw away victory when he slid off the Profile Kawasaki coming into Oggies for the penultimate time.

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Ending a run of five consecutive podium finishes, Stapleford had worked hard to haul himself into the lead after dropping to third initially having started on pole.

However, after rebuffing a momentary slip to fourth at the start of lap three, his retort to Jamie Perrin on the run down to Turn 2 instead carried momentum up the inside of Booth-Amos at Wilson. Coming in deep, Stapleford got the scruffy move done but not before rubbing shoulders with his title rival.

From here, Stapleford got the hammer down to reel early leader Rhys Irwin in, the Astro-JJR Suzuki rider coming out of the blocks faster as he looked to build on a trip to the points on his WorldSSP debut as a wild-card at Donington Park.

With Booth-Amos following him through, the Gearlink Kawasaki rider briefly rallied for the lead but had seemingly settled for second when Stapleford’s crash invited him past and on to victory.

Irwin held on for second place on the Suzuki GSX-R750, with Ben Currie coming through for a valuable third place finish, a result that lifts him to the head of the standings at the expense of Stapleford. 

The Oxford Racing Products Ducati rider never quite got into the lead mix, but another solid podium means the Currie - who is yet to win a race this year - holds a slim four point lead over Booth-Amos overall, with Stapleford now 11 points adrift in third.

Jamie van Sikkelerus came through for fourth place, ahead of Luke Jones and James Perrin in fifth and sixth, the trio picking up positions at the expense of Stapleford, Tom Toparis - who crashed out of fifth on lap four - and front row starter Zak Corderoy, who retired metres into the race after contact with Currie off the line bent his handlebar.

2023 British Supersport Championship [BSSP | Snetterton | Sprint Race Results | Round 5 / 11
Pos.RiderNat.TeamMotorcycleClassTime
1Tom Booth-AmosGBRGearlink KawasakiKawasaki 636M10 Laps
2Rhys IrwinIRLAstro JJRSuzuki GSX-R750M+2.282
3Ben CurrieAUSOxford Products RacingDucati Panigale V2M+4.198
4Jamie van SikkelerusNEDMPM Routz RacingYamaha R6M+5.696
5Luke JonesGBRHighsparks DucatiDucati Panigale V2M+8.458
6Jamie PerrinGBRAstro JJRSuzuki GSX-R750M+9.172
7Eugene McManusGBRCompletely MotorbikesTriumph STR765 RSM+18.385
8Eunan McGlincheyGBREunan McGlinchey RacingYamaha R6M+20.999
9Ash BarnesGBRBarney RacingYamaha R6M+21.433
10Joe CollierGBRKramer RacingKramer GP2-RGP2+26.481
11Sam MunroGBRR&R RacingYamaha R6M+30.074
12Cameron FraserGBRGo Racing / CFRChassis Factory GP2GP2+32.410
13James McManusGBRCompletely MotorbikesTriumph STR765 RSM+43.622
14Harvey ClaridgeGBRGo Racing / NovaChassis Factory GP2GP2+43.980
15Tom TunstallGBRMotorcycle Race PartsDucati Panigale V2CUP+44.350
16Harry RowlingsGBRGo Racing / NovaChassis Factory GP2GP2+44.370
17Jonathan RailtonGBRJRMDucati Panigale V2CUP+44.693
19Luke WallingtonGBRElmech RacingTriumphGP2+1m >
20Harry LeighGBRAalco MotorsportKawasaki 636CUP+1m >
21James BullGBRJames Bull RacingYamaha R6CUP+1m >
21Dave MackayGBRTrue Heroes RacingDucati Panigale V2M+1m >
22Charlie WhiteGBRTrue Heroes RacingDucati Panigale V2M+1m >
23Freddy BarnesGBRTalentum MotorsportYamaha R6M+1m >
24Lucca AllenGBRTeam FR89KalexGP2+1m >
25Matt StevensGBRTech 5 RacingDucati Panigale V2CUP+1m >
26Jodie FieldhouseGBRGo Pink RacingArianeGP2+2m >
DNFLuke StaplefordGBRProfile Road & RacingKawasaki 636M
DNFCraig KennellyGBRResido RacingDucati Panigale V2CUP
DNFHarry CookGBRForce One RacingMV Agusta F3 800CUP
DNFTom ToparisAUSMacadam RacingYamaha R6M
DNFJake MarshGBRRD RacingTriumphGP2
DNFRyan GarsideGBREG RacingYamaha R6CUP
DNFTJ TomsGBRR&R RacingYamaha R6M
DNFJosh WoodGBRJW RacingYamaha R6CUP
DNFZak CorderoyGBRGearlink KawasakiKawasaki 636M
DNFSeth CrumpAUSAshcourt RacingYamaha R6M
DNSBen GraysonGBRMerlin MotorsportKawasaki 636M

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