O'Halloran Wins as Mackenzie Returns to the Podium at Brands Hatch

O'Halloran Wins as Mackenzie Returns to the Podium at Brands Hatch

McAMS Yamaha returned to full force with a commanding 1-2 in the opening race at Brands Hatch with Jason O’Halloran taking his third consecutive victory ahead of team-mate Tarran Mackenzie, who took his first podium of 2022 in dramatic style.

There were good omens for the opening race of the fifth round of the championship when O’Halloran and Mackenzie locked out the sharp end of the grid in qualifying. It had looked as though pole would go the way of the reigning champion, but a last gasp lap from O’Halloran saw him steal the top spot from his team-mate. O’Halloran’s time of 1’24.433 – nearly half a second under the lap record – bettered Mackenzie’s 1’24.645.

O’Halloran got a strong launch off the line and established an early lead while things weren’t as simple for Mackenzie. Dropping back to fourth, he fought back up to second place before a moment for both O’Halloran and Mackenzie out of Stirlings gave Brad Ray the drive. O’Halloran re-took the lead at the next turn, and it wasn’t long until Mackenzie was back in second until a frightening moment on the Cooper Straight saw him back down to fourth again.

As Mackenzie, Ray and Tommy Bridewell fought for second, this gave O’Halloran breathing space at the front allowing him to take the win by 0.6 of a second. Mackenzie managed to get past Bridewell on the final lap to make it a McAMS Yamaha 1-2, marking his first trip to the podium with the #1 plate having started the year plagued with injury.

O’Halloran’s victory sees him close the gap to series leader Bradley Ray to four points, but crucially the Australian now leads in podium points, while Mackenzie moved closer to a Showdown position, now sitting 13th with 55 points in total.

Sunday will host two further races, with Mackenzie’s 1’24.954 enough to secure pole in the first of the two with O’Halloran starting on the second row in fourth.

Bennetts British Superbike Championship, Brands Hatch, eBay Sprint Race result:

*1. Jason O’Halloran (McAMS Yamaha)
2. Tarran Mackenzie (McAMS Yamaha) +0.665s*
3. Tommy Bridewell (Oxford Products Racing Ducati) +1.056s
4. Bradley Ray (Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha) +1.353s
5. Kyle Ryde (Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha) +4.411s
6. Josh Brookes (MCE Ducati) +5.502s
7. Rory Skinner (Cheshire Mouldings FS-3 Kawasaki) +6.140s
8. Leon Haslam (VisionTrack Kawasaki) +6.761s
9. Lee Jackson (Cheshire Mouldings FS-3 Kawasaki) +6.969s
10. Christian Iddon (Buildbase Suzuki) +10.355s

Jason O'Halloran

Qualifying

1st

Race 1

1st

“That was a really strong day for us with pole position in qualifying and then the race win. It was a difficult race as I led from the start and didn’t know how fast I should go so I set a pace I was happy with and nobody showed me a wheel except for when I made a small mistake. I felt like I went as fast as I had to, not as fast as I could, which is good for tomorrow. I still think we can improve the bike, it’s going to be hotter and a longer race which should suit us. I’m over the moon with today, we’ve won at a number of tracks now and I’m feeling really strong. To have three wins on the bounce and win my first Sprint of the year is really positive. A massive thanks to the whole team and it was great to have Taz back on the podium too.”

Tarran Mackenzie

Qualifying

2nd

Race 1

2nd

“I’m really happy to be back on the podium at Brands, I’ve felt strong all weekend and in the race it was a close battle between us all. I sat in second quite happily and I felt comfortable, but Jason had a bit of a moment and I got knocked back from that and then I had a massive moment and got knocked back again. It was one of those races but I think I was back to fourth two or three times and I could always get back up there and feeling comfortable doing so. I felt good on the last lap and that’s good as tomorrow’s race is longer so I’m confident I can at least be challenging for the win and it’ll be nice to start from pole.”

Steve Rodgers

Team Principal

“Wow! We obviously had a number of 1-2 finishes last year but the feeling never gets old. Jason is absolutely on it at the minute, he’s probably riding the best he’s ever been riding and that continued today with another stunning win. We are thrilled to see Tarran back up there, we knew his fitness was back from Donington so we had a feeling he could be strong here, so for that to come true is great to see. I’ll sleep easily tonight and hopefully we can achieve similar results tomorrow.”

2022 Bennetts British Superbike Championship Standings

Pos Rider Team Bike PTS
1 Jason O'Halloran McAMS Yamaha Yamaha 331
2 Bradley Ray RICH Energy OMG Racing Yamaha Yamaha 307
3 Lee Jackson FS-3 Racing Kawasaki Kawasaki 219
4 Rory Skinner FS-3 Racing Kawasaki Kawasaki 199
5 Glenn Irwin Honda Racing Honda 192
6 Kyle Ryde RICH Energy OMG Racing Yamaha Yamaha 173
7 Tarran Mackenzie McAMS Yamaha Yamaha 170
8 Tommy Bridewell Oxford Products Ducati 158
9 Peter Hickman FHO Racing BMW BMW 115
10 Leon Haslam VisionTrack Kawasaki Kawasaki 109

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