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BritishSSP Snetterton Race 2 | Stapleford makes amends with dominant victory

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Luke Stapleford, Profile Racing, Kawasaki 636, 2023 BritishSSP, Snetterton, action [credit - Tim Keeton/Impact Images]

Luke Stapleford bounced back into British Supersport Championship [BritishSSP] title contention with a comfortable second win of the season in Race 2 at Snetterton.

The Profile Racing rider came into Sunday’s encounter on the back foot after seeing an almost certain victory in Race 1 disappear into the dust after a mistake with just over a lap remaining.

Losing him the overall series lead to Ben Currie in the process, this time it was the Australian rider who’d find himself struck by the championship leader’s curse when he hit problems while leading early on.


Indeed, after getting the hole-shot into Turn 1, Currie on the Oxford Products Ducati Panigale V2 looked in good shape for his first win of the season. However, after running off down the escape road with a technical issue as he came into Brundle on lap two, he’d lose the lead to Stapleford and slip out of contention.

From here Stapleford was not to be disturbed, leaving his rivals to wrestle over the remaining spots to pull away the winner by just over +1.5secs.

Behind him, Rhys Irwin prevailed in a scrappy fight with Race 1 winner Tom Booth-Amos, the pair jockeying for position once they’d shaken off the likes of Jamie Perrin and Eunan McGlinchey in the earlier stages.

Though Booth-Amos - complaining of set-up issues on his Gearlink Kawasaki - had hustled his way into second place, Irwin fought back in the closing stages by punishing a wide moment by his rival on the Suzuki GSX-R750.

Booth-Amos fought back and was lucky not to be caught out when Irwin’s scythe up the inside of a backmarker at Coram almost sat him up into the path of the Kawasaki tracking them around the outside.

In the end, Irwin held firm for another strong podium finish for Astro-JJR, while third for Booth-Amos sees him move to the head of the standings once more.

It remains close though with Stapleford rebounded to be just two points shy of Booth-Amos up top, while Currie - who fought back to ninth once his Ducati fired into life again - is just eight points down on the summit. Even Irwin is inching into contention, 13 points off the top.

Just off the podium, with McGlinchey’s best result of the season being ruined by a collision with a backmarker late on, Tom Toparis came through for fourth place, ahead of Luke Jones, Perrin and Eugene McManus.

2023 British Supersport Championship [BSSP | Snetterton | Race 2 Results | Round 5 / 11
1Luke StaplefordGBRProfile Road & RacingKawasaki 636M14 Laps
2Rhys IrwinIRLAstro JJRSuzuki GSX-R750M+1.505
3Tom Booth-AmosGBRGearlink KawasakiKawasaki 636M+1.856
4Tom ToparisAUSMacadam RacingYamaha R6M+7.906
5Luke JonesGBRHighsparks DucatiDucati Panigale V2M+8.194
6Jamie PerrinGBRAstro JJRSuzuki GSX-R750M+10.166
7Eugene McManusGBRCompletely MotorbikesTriumph STR765 RSM+13.411
8Ash BarnesGBRBarney RacingYamaha R6M+21.294
9Ben CurrieAUSOxford Products RacingDucati Panigale V2M+25.418
10TJ TomsGBRR&R RacingYamaha R6M+25.737
11Joe CollierGBRKramer RacingKramer GP2-RGP2+36.541
12Cameron FraserGBRGo Racing / CFRChassis Factory GP2GP2+39.307
13Sam MunroGBRR&R RacingYamaha R6M+46.430
14Harvey ClaridgeGBRGo Racing / NovaChassis Factory GP2GP2+52.162
15Jonathan RailtonGBRJRMDucati Panigale V2CUP+54.919
16James McManusGBRCompletely MotorbikesTriumph STR765 RSM+55.318
17Tom TunstallGBRMotorcycle Race PartsDucati Panigale V2CUP+59.248
18Josh WoodGBRJW RacingYamaha R6CUP+59.652
19Harry RowlingsGBRGo Racing / NovaChassis Factory GP2GP2+1min >
20James BullGBRJames Bull RacingYamaha R6CUP+1min >
21Dave MackayGBRTrue Heroes RacingDucati Panigale V2M+1min >
22Lucca AllenGBRTeam FR89KalexGP2+1min >
23Freddy BarnesGBRTalentum MotorsportYamaha R6M+1min >
24Ryan GarsideGBREG RacingYamaha R6CUP+1min >
25Charlie WhiteGBRTrue Heroes RacingDucati Panigale V2M+1min >
DNFHarry LeighGBRAalco MotorsportKawasaki 636CUP
DNFJake MarshGBRRD RacingTriumphGP2
DNFEunan McGlincheyGBREunan McGlinchey RacingYamaha R6M
DNFLuke WallingtonGBRElmech RacingTriumphGP2
DNFMatt StevensGBRTech 5 RacingDucati Panigale V2CUP
DNFSeth CrumpAUSAshcourt RacingYamaha R6M
DNFJamie van SikkelerusNEDMPM Routz RacingYamaha R6M
DNFZak CorderoyGBRGearlink KawasakiKawasaki 636M
DNFHarry CookGBRForce One RacingMV Agusta F3 800CUP
DNFCraig KennellyGBRResido RacingDucati Panigale V2CUP
DNSJodie FieldhouseGBRGo Pink RacingArianeGP2
DNSBen GraysonGBRMerlin MotorsportKawasaki 636M

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