Dominant Donington double for O'Halloran as Neave takes Superstock glory

Dominant Donington double for O'Halloran as Neave takes Superstock glory

Jason O’Halloran stormed to a dominant Sunday double at Round 3 of the 2022 Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Donington Park, catapulting himself into second in the championship standings with a commanding display that left his rivals with no answer. Tarran Mackenzie made a heroic return to action taking a best result of sixth in the second race.

There was further success for the team as Tim Neave made it three wins from three for the Raceways Motorcycles effort on Sunday with a clever ride to victory in the Pirelli National Superstock championship on his Edwards 1902 Yamaha R1.

After taking pole position on Saturday, O’Halloran narrowly missed out on victory in the weekend’s first race by 0.038 seconds, but the signs were promising for a successful Sunday and O’Halloran made it count.

Starting from pole position for the second race, the O’Show settled into third in the early stages as the OMG Yamaha’s tried to build a gap. Biding his time, the Aussie began to chase the duo down. A crash for Kyle Ryde elevated him to second and he set about closing the gap to race leader Bradley Ray, soon catching up, he made his move with six laps to go and while Ray held on for a while, O’Halloran went on to take his first win since Silverstone last year by two seconds.

Sixth on the grid for the final race, O’Halloran remained sixth in the early stages before picking off his rivals. Moving into third relatively early, he then looked to chase down the OMG riders once again. Closing down a 1.5 second gap to Bradley Ray, he made an aggressive move at Coppice on lap 17 and didn’t look back from there, cruising to a dominant double.

His 2-1-1 scorecard elevates him to second in the championship, 28 points behind series leader Ray and third in the podium points table.

After a strong tenth place in the opening race, champion Tarran Mackenzie put in his performance of the weekend in the second encounter. Battling for fourth until the closing stages despite struggling with his injuries, he crossed the line in a heroic sixth place. Having put everything he had into race two, it was a challenging final outing for Mackenzie who crossed the line eleventh to round out a successful points haul on his first weekend back. He now sits 15th in the championship with 137 points.

After narrowly missing out on victory on Saturday, Tim Neave made amends on Sunday with a clever ride in the National Superstock categoty. Starting sixth on the grid, the Lincolnshire rider was fifth in the opening stages before picking off his rivals one by one until he was in second place. Choosing his place to pass wisely, he took the lead on the final lap and held off rival Davey Todd to take his third win of the year. He now leads the championship standings by 19 points.

The season now takes a short break with the championship resuming at Knockhill between 17-19 June, but the team have a two-day test at the Scottish venue over the Jubilee Bank Holiday.

Jason O'Halloran

Race 2

1st

Race 3

1st

C'ship

2nd

“It’s been an amazing weekend, we nearly won yesterday, it was so close and then to take a double win today is excellent. Two pole positions, two wins and a second shows that all the hard work is paying off. I want to say a massive thanks to everyone from the team, when you are working through things and testing things when you are racing it’s never easy but this weekend things have really started to come together. That was probably the best I’ve ever felt on this bike, the way I could come through the pack, get to the front and pull away everything just worked. You have to enjoy these days as they don’t come around all the time, I’m super pleased with it so I can’t wait to get a test under our belt now ahead of the next few rounds.”

Tarran Mackenzie

Race 2

6th

Race 3

11th

C'ship

15th

“I had no expectations coming into this weekend so I didn’t know where I was going to be in terms of bike fitness. To do my fastest ever lap around here in qualifying was great, it wasn’t really something I was expecting. I was quite happy with tenth yesterday but being sixth in the second race was great, a couple of people fell off but I had a lot better pace and was riding with some good riders. The last race was a bit tricky as I used everything I had in the second race. I had a good first few laps but I had nothing left after the safety car, so I wanted to get around and score some points and that’s what I did. I had nothing left, but to have a handful of points is something to build on so bring on Knockhill.”

Tim Neave

Edwards 1902 Superstock

Race 2

1st

C'ship

1st

“After missing out on the win yesterday I was pretty determined to take it today. I tried to use my head as I knew my pace was good, and the race sort of came to me. That was exactly what I was planning on Saturday, so to execute that plan today and take the win was a nice feeling. A second and a win is a very good weekend, we extend our championship lead and things are in a really good place. I can’t wait to get to Knockhill, it’s a track I enjoy so I’m really looking forward to it.”

Steve Rodgers

Team Principal

“We’re back in the game! It’s been a strange start to the year for us as Jason and his side of the garage have been trying to understand the developments we’ve made with the bike and this weekend just shows that the hard work they’ve done has paid off. Jason rode superbly in all three races and to come away with those results just shows how far we’ve come. It was so, so nice to have Tarran back in the garage – it’s never quite the same when you don’t have the full team together so to have him back this weekend was great and he rode three heroic races, we couldn’t have asked for more. Tim continues to impress, that was a very clever ride today and he’s extended his championship lead so again – an excellent job.”

Bennetts British Superbike Championship, Donington Park, Race 2 result:

Pos Rider Team Bike
1 Jason O'Halloran McAMS Yamaha Yamaha
2 Bradley Ray RICH Energy OMG Racing Yamaha Yamaha
3 Lee Jackson FS-3 Racing Kawasaki Kawasaki
4 Peter Hickman FHO Racing BMW BMW
5 Leon Haslam VisionTrack Kawasaki Kawasaki
6 Tarran Mackenzie McAMS Yamaha Yamaha
7 Christian Iddon Buildbase Suzuki Suzuki
8 Rory Skinner FS-3 Racing Kawasaki Kawasaki
9 Ryan Vickers RAF Regular and Reserves Kawasaki Kawasaki
10 Josh Brookes MCE Ducati Ducati

Bennetts British Superbike Championship, Donington Park, race three result:

Pos Rider Team Bike
1 Jason O'Halloran McAMS Yamaha Yamaha
2 Bradley Ray RICH Energy OMG Racing Yamaha Yamaha
3 Lee Jackson FS-3 Racing Kawasaki Kawasaki
4 Rory Skinner FS-3 Racing Kawasaki Kawasaki
5 Kyle Ryde RICH Energy OMG Racing Yamaha Yamaha
6 Christian Iddon Buildbase Suzuki Suzuki
7 Tom Sykes MCE Ducati Ducati
8 Josh Brookes MCE Ducati Ducati
9 Danny Buchan SYNETIQ BMW MOTORRAD BMW
11 Tarran Mackenzie McAMS Yamaha Yamaha
  • Tim Neave Donny
  • OShow Donny

2022 Bennetts British Superbike Championship Standings

Pos Rider Team Bike PTS
1 Bradley Ray RICH Energy OMG Racing Yamaha Yamaha 216
2 Jason O'Halloran McAMS Yamaha Yamaha 200
3 Lee Jackson FS-3 Racing Kawasaki Kawasaki 174
4 Rory Skinner FS-3 Racing Kawasaki Kawasaki 148
5 Kyle Ryde RICH Energy OMG Racing Yamaha Yamaha 141
6 Glenn Irwin Honda Racing Honda 134
7 Tommy Bridewell Oxford Products Ducati 94
8 Danny Buchan SYNETIQ BMW MOTORRAD BMW 84
9 Josh Brookes MCE Ducati Ducati 77
15th Tarran Mackenzie McAMS Yamaha Yamaha 35

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