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Sep 11, 2012

Glen Richards Wins At Donington Park, Kennedy Takes British Supersport Championship Point Lead


Jack Kennedy regained the lead in the chase for the Motorpoint British Supersport Championship protected by Datatag title following a dramatic pair of races at Donington Park yesterday (Sunday).

Kennedy won the Sprint race on Saturday as title rival Glen Richards crashed disastrously out of the lead on the opening lap at Goddards. Ben Wilson had forged into the lead on his Gearlink Kawasaki in the early stages ahead of Oxford TAG Triumph' Christian Iddon with Kennedy running third ahead of the Smiths (Gloucester) Racing Triumph double of Billy McConnell and Luke Mossey.

Kennedy was up to second by lap two and leading next time around while a frantic scrap for position was developing adrift of him with Wilson coming under intense pressure, eventually losing out on the final lap as McConnell and Iddon found a way through at the Melbourne Hairpin. Wilson battled back moving into third, but then tipped off at Goddards as Kennedy took the win with McConnell second from Iddon.

Richards then put in a stunning performance to win feature race after fighting through from the sixth row of the grid to fend off title rival Kennedy on the final lap. Richards now trails Kennedy by ten points after his sensational performance. Wilson had led the race in the early stages but he later crashed out of contention as he chased down race leader Mossey. The Smiths (Gloucester) Racing Triumph rider was running in a potential podium position but he also slid off on the final lap.

Kennedy then held the lead but Richards had carved his way up the order and was targeting his MarTrain Yamaha rival on the final lap; snatching the advantage and then defending hard. Christian Iddon on the Oxford TAG Triumph was third ahead of Billy McConnell and Glenn Irwin.

Motorpoint British Supersport Championship protected by Datatag Sprint race result:
1. Jack Kennedy (Martrain Yamaha)
2. Billy McConnell (Smiths (Gloucester) Racing Triumph) +0.639s
3. Christian Iddon (Oxford TAG Triumph) +0.894s
4. Glenn Irwin (Met Healthcare/Megastore 247 Yamaha) +1.297s
5. Luke Mossey (Smiths (Gloucester) Racing Triumph) +1.708s

Motorpoint British Supersport Championship protected by Datatag Feature race result:
1. Glen Richards (Smiths (Gloucester) Racing Triumph
2. Jack Kennedy (MarTrain Yamaha)) +0.240s
3. Christian Iddon (Oxford TAG Triumph) +0.578s
4. Billy McConnell (Smiths (Gloucester) Racing Triumph) +8.667s
5. Glenn Irwin (Met Healthcare Yamaha) +10.686s

Motorpoint British Supersport Championship protected by Datatag, standings after Donington Park:
1. Jack Kennedy (MarTrain Yamaha) 31.05
2. Glen Richards (Smiths (Gloucester) Racing Triumph) 300
3. Billy McConnell (Smiths (Gloucester) Racing Triumph) 261
4. Christian Iddon (Oxford TAG Triumph) 186.5
5. Ben Wilson (Gearlink Kawasaki) 185

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