Mar-Train Yamaha’s Jack Kennedy made it six pole positions from six on Saturday morning at Thruxton for Quattro Group British Supersport qualifying.
The reigning champion was made to work for it though with Bradley Perie (Appleyard Macadam Yamaha) going quickest in the final ten minutes before eventually having to settle for second on the grid for the afternoon's sprint race.
On just his second lap, Kennedy bettered his time from the previous day with a 1’17.048s but so too did Perie and the gap between the two was only 0.174s, whilst it was Jack Scott (Kovara Projects/RS Racing One), Lee Johnston (Ashcourt Racing Yamaha), Mason Law (Astro-JJR Triumph) and Jamie Perrin – back out on his old R6 Yamaha – who made the early running in the top six.
Kennedy and Perie had a healthy half second buffer over the rest of the field after ten minutes of the twenty-five minute session but Luke Stapleford (Gearlink Kawasaki) had made a move, going from seventh to third and closed to within 0.492s of the pace setting Kennedy. Perrin was another to improve at the mid-way point and slotted into fourth with Scott and Johnston pushed back to fifth and sixth respectively.
Scott soon retaliated with a 1’17.301s placing him third, which was not only the quickest GP2 rider – by 1.2s – but also only 0.253s adrift of the table topping Kennedy. Luke Jones was another man on the move and with ten minutes to go, he’d climbed up to fourth on the Highsparks iaw Track Demons Ducati.
After a mid-session lull, it was Perie who was the first to up his pace in the final ten minutes and the first rider in the 1’16s with a 1’16.977s lap putting him 0.071s ahead of Kennedy. Scott remained in third, but Damon Rees had moved up to fourth on the second Ashcourt Racing Yamaha with Stapleford and Johnston now completing the top six.
The Kawasaki of Stapleford was soon back up to fourth and the gaps between the leading runners had closed considerably, with half a second now covering the top eight.
With four minutes to go, Kennedy moved back to the top of the leaderboard with a 1’16.683s and that proved good enough for pole position, with an eventual advantage over Perie of 0.294s. Scott was a late faller, uninjured, at Cobb but held onto third ahead of Stapleford, Rees and Perrin.
Harry Truelove, Johnston, Jones and Eugene McManus rounded out the top ten with Korie McGreevy in 13th overall the second placed GP2 rider, the gap to Scott 0.7s.