May 5, 2013
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by John Ulrich
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Stuart Easton on the British Supersport podium at Oulton Park, with second-place Alastair Seeley (left) and third-place Billy McConnell. Seeley rode for Barry Gilsenan's Celtic Racing in AMA Pro events.
Stuart Easton won Sunday's British Supersport Championship race at Oulton Park but second-place finisher Alastair Seeley's name may be more familiar to American race fans.
Seeley rode for Barry Gilsenan's U.S.-based Celtic Racing in 2006 and 2008, competing in the AMA Pro Supersport and Formula Xtreme classes in 2006 and returning to race in AMA Pro Superbike at Road America in 2008.
Seeley subsequently returned to the British Superbike Championship. He raced a Tyco Suzuki GSX-R1000 Superbike in 2012, finishing 13th in final series points with a best finish of second place and a total of two podium finishes.
Seeley left Tyco Suzuki and returned to the British Supersport class for the 2013 season.
That decision has paid off with strong finishes, including today's podium finish on a Kawasaki ZX-6R.
More, from a press release issued by Mar-Train Racing:
EASTON '100 UP' AT TOP OF SUPERSPORT TABLE AFTER PAINT SWAPPING VICTORY
Mar-Train Racing’s Stuart Easton took his fourth win from five races, during today’s 12-lap sprint race at Oulton Park. The Hawick rider now leads the British Supersport Championship by three points, after out-gunning main rival Alastair Seeley in a last lap nail-biter.
The Scottish rider capitalised on his late last-gasp pole position spot to both control and dominate the race; making a last lap pass on Seeley into Old Hall before holding off the Kawasaki man at the final turn, with a touch of paint-swapping that kept the Cheshire fans on the edge of their seats.
The mild mannered Scotsman said afterwards: “That was fun eh! It was pretty much a perfect race for me, even though we were a bit weak into the final turn with the bike backing in a little. Everywhere else the Mar-Train Yamaha was super strong but I knew Seeley would have a go on the last lap. But I kept it tight and inside always wins although there was a bit of contact,” he smiled. “But it’s all good; I enjoyed that.”
Glenn Irwin battled back from a qualifying crash to take a fine sixth place from tenth place on the grid. The Ulsterman holds tenth place in the championship standings going into tomorrow’s longer 16-lap encounter at Oulton [3.15pm]
Glenn Irwin said: “That’s the best race so far this season for me even though I’ve only ridden about ten laps around here. I’m really pleased with the result and we start tomorrow’s race from the second row which hopefully we can capitalise on.”
Tim Martin – Team Principal:
“I think Stuart has shown so far this weekend that he’s a quality performer and certainly not going to be bullied at any point this season. Believe it or not he was disappointed with the pole position time but rode a calculated race – I very impressed. I’m also delighted for Glenn to come back the way he did and showed great maturity and dug deep. So far so good; hopefully we can replicate it tomorrow.”
Motorpoint British Supersport Championship, Oulton Park, Sprint race:
1. Stuart Easton (Martrain Yamaha)
2. Alastair Seeley (Gearlink Kawasaki) +0.109s
3. Billy McConnell (Smiths Gloucester Triumph) +3.475s
4. Glen Richards (Smiths Gloucester Triumph) +3.975s
5. Graeme Gowland (Seton Tuning Yamaha) +4.265s
Motorpoint British Supersport Championship standings after Oulton Park Sprint Race:
1. Stuart Easton (Martrain Yamaha) 100
2. Alastair Seeley (Gearlink Kawasaki) 97
3. Billy McConnell (Smiths Gloucester Triumph) 82
4. Ben Wilson (Gearlink Kawasaki) 65
5. Graeme Gowland (Seton Tuning Yamaha) 52