May Day Bank Holiday saw crowds descend on Cheshire circuit, Oulton Park, for round 2 of the 2014 British Superbike campaign. Those in attendance witnessed a superb double Supersport victory for Smiths Triumph.
Two wins and a further podium saw Smiths Triumph take a commanding position in the British Supersport standings after two rounds. Billy McConnell was the rider celebrating after race one with a comprehensive win eight seconds clear at the front of the pack. Graeme Gowland recorded a DNF after crashing out uninjured in Sunday’s sprint race.
Bank Holiday Monday saw the pair back at the front of the pack battling it out for the win in the longer 16-lap race. Paint was swapped between the two Smiths Daytona 675Rs with fellow competitor Alistair Seeley keeping the pressure on throughout. The chequered flag was ultimately taken by McConnell, securing the result on the final corner ahead of Seeley and Gowland.
McConnell’s double win has projected the Australian into the Championship lead with 76 points. Team mate Gowland slipped a single position into sixth place.
1.Billy McConnell – Smiths Triumph (76)
2. Glenn Irwin (63)
3. Alastair Seeley (61)
4. Luke Jones – Triumph (52)
5. Luke Stapleford – Triumph (50)
6. Graeme Gowland – Smiths Triumph (36)
National Superstock 600
Two Team Haribo Starmix Daytona 675Rs took to the National Superstock 600 grid at Oulton Park with Charlie King and Jordon Gilbert aboard. After a single 14-lap race both Team Haribo Starmix riders secured valuable championship points. Charlie King adding 9 points to his existing tally whilst Jordon Gilbert collected his first 7 points of the season.
6. Charlie King – Team Haribo Starmix (14)
11. Jordon Gilbert – Team Haribo Starmix (7)
TriStar R&G Triple Challenge
Oulton Park provided the second opportunity for the TriStar R&G Triple Challenge competitors to impress race fans with two further races at the Cheshire based circuit. A 23 strong grid of Daytona 675Rs lined up to contest for 50 championship points.
Monday was host to both TriStar Triple Challenge races. The earlier 10.50 race was typically competitive with three of the front runners separated by only half a second by the chequered flag. Tom Carne took the maximum points on offer (25) followed by experienced Triple Challenge contenders Phil Atkinson and Freddy Pett snatching the two alternative podium steps
The afternoon saw the start of race two with Championship leader Pett taking control of the pace and forging ahead to ultimately win the shorter 11-lap race with a second to spare. Sam Cox finished second ahead of Atkinson who had held off race 1 winner, Carne, in fourth.
After round 2 Pett has extended his lead of the championship with 106 points overall.
1. Freddy Pett (106)
2. Phil Atkinson (88)
3. Scott Pitchers (67)
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