There were celebrations all round for the McAMS Yamaha team after a successful weekend at Silverstone saw the squad score five podium finishes across the three races.
The team were confident after Tarran Mackenzie’s victory on Saturday with team-mate O’Halloran completing the podium in third and having broken lap records towards the end of the race, the duo would start first and second on the grid for Sunday’s first encounter.
A strong start saw the pair at the front from the off with O’Halloran holding the advantage initially for the team in second behind race leader Josh Brookes. However, Mackenzie was on a charge and he moved into second place with O’Halloran dropping behind Suzuki’s Ryde for fourth.
Both riders looked comfortable towards mid-race distance, Tarran glued to the back of Brookes for the lead and Jason well within the podium fight as the leading quartet began to break away.
As Mackenzie looked to make his move for the lead, disappointment would strike as he was forced to retire with a technical issue.
Lone McAMS Yamaha rider for the second half of the race, O’Halloran flew the flag well for the Fleetwood-based squad, hounding the Ducati of Brookes after Suzuki’s Ryde took the lead. Unfortunately, he’d narrowly miss out on second, crossing the line 0.074 seconds behind the Ducati.
Determined to get back to the sharp end after the issue in race two, Mackenzie faced a tough challenge starting ninth for the third and final race but knew he could fight his way through after winning from 12th on Saturday. O’Halloran settled into second in the early stages as Mackenzie fought through the pack.
A charging Christian Iddon made life difficult for the duo, but they’d eventually get past to sit neck and neck as they looked to chase down race leader Ryde. Unfortunately, the previous battle had used the best of their tyres meaning they had no answer for the Suzuki leaving them to cross the line in a commendable 2-3 for the team with Mackenzie leading the way.
O’Halloran’s trio of rostrums sees him move fifth in the title chase, now sitting just nine points adrift of second-placed Josh Brookes and 44 off the lead, while Mackenzie’s victory and second sees him seventh overall heading into Rounds 10/11/12 of the championship at Oulton Park in two weeks’ time.