Jason O’Halloran fought through from the fifth row of the grid to bag more important points in Sunday’s opening Bennetts British Superbike encounter at Oulton Park.
The Australian entered the first race of the weekend with a challenge at hand having qualified 14th earlier in the day, when an unexpected rain shower led to a difficult qualifying session. O’Halloran had shown speed initially, but fell down the order towards the closing stages of the session.
A strong start saw the Aussie up into the top eight by the end of the opening lap, and settling into his rhythm, he looked to build his pace in the shortest of the weekend’s three races. Passing Andrew Irwin for seventh, he looked to close the gap to the front but wasn’t quite able to do so, a small issue in the closing stages saw him lose a position to Tommy Bridewell, leaving him eighth overall when a red flag brought the race to a premature end. He will start tomorrow’s race from tenth on the grid.
It was a tough day for Lincolnshire’s Tim Neave in the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 class. Despite improving his overall lap time, he wasn’t quite satisfied with 12th on the grid for tomorrow’s race but is confident about his pace over distance, so will be looking for a good start.
Bank Holiday Monday will see the BSB riders back on track for races at 13:30 and 16:30.