Jason O’Halloran got off to a solid start as the second round of the 2022 Bennetts British Superbike Championship got underway at Oulton Park, sitting fifth on the combined timesheets at the end of the day.
Having established a clear direction at last week’s test at the Cheshire track, O’Halloran was eager to get out for FP1 as the sun beamed down. It was a strong session for the Aussie, who set a time of 1’34.402 to sit third at the end of the session, narrowly pipped to second by Peter Hickman.
A slight change to the bike for FP2 improved his feeling on the R1, but with rain coming down mid-way through the session, he was unable to push on to see what he could achieve. His time from the opening session left him fifth on the timesheets.
Despite having hoped to ride this weekend, Tarran Mackenzie remains on the sidelines after assessment by the BSB medical team ruled him unfit for participation in the event – a decision both Tarran and the team accepted.
It was a day of progress for Tim Neave on the Edwards 1902 Yamaha in the Pirelli National Superstock class, he improved his lap time step by step but was ultimately hampered by a busy track, leaving him 12th at the end of day one but feeling strong on the R1.