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BENNETTS BSB RACE 2: Hickman hustles to double victory

Sunday, August 22 2021

Peter Hickman make it a double dose of victories for FHO Racing BMW in the second Bennetts British Superbike Championship race at Cadwell Park, despite coming under pressure on the final lap from standings leader Jason O'Halloran.

O'Halloran got a tremendous launch off the line to lead the pack on the opening lap but Hickman was instantly on the attack. However, it wasn't until lap nine that he could make a pass on the McAMS Yamaha rider, diving down the inside on the brakes at Mansfield.

Hickman continued to try and break the pack, edging out an advantage over O'Halloran but the Australian reeled him back in over the final three laps. The McAMS Yamaha rider was within striking distance on the final lap, but despite piling on the pressure, Hickman had the edge at the chequered flag.

The battle for third was initially between Christian Iddon, the region's fastest plumber Lee Jackson, and the Irwin brothers, but disaster struck again for the VisionTrack Ducati rider when he crashed out of third at Charlies unhurt on lap four.

Jackson then had the upper hand for FS-3 Racing Kawasaki, but Tommy Bridewell was storming through the pack after another bad start, running in eighth on the opening lap.

The Oxford Products Racing Ducati rider first moved ahead of Glenn Irwin, and then hit a top three position with a decisive pass at Coppice on lap 14, pushing Jackson back to fourth.

Bridewell was able to break the group behind him, but reigning champion Josh Brookes had been building momentum throughout the race from his fourth row start, and was able to force his way through to fifth with three laps to go.

The lone VisionTrack Ducati rider held off Glenn Irwin, who was then embroiled in a fight with his brother Andrew, as the pair exchanged blows throughout the closing stages, but it was the Honda Racing rider who had the edge at the chequered flag.

Andrew Irwin's seventh place put him just ahead of rival BMW rider Bradley Ray, who currently holds the final place in the top eight of the standings for the Rich Energy OMG Racing BMW team.

Ryan Vickers, still feeling sore after his high-speed qualifying crash was ninth as Storm Stacey again returned to the top ten for Team LKQ Euro Car Parts Kawasaki.

Tarran Mackenzie was watching from the sidelines after the McAMS Yamaha rider decided to sit out today's races after breaking his finger in his race one crash yesterday. 

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

1.     Peter Hickman (FHO Racing BMW)
2.     Jason O'Halloran (McAMS Yamaha) +0.155s
3.     Tommy Bridewell (Oxford Products Racing Ducati) +0.817s
4.     Lee Jackson (FS-3 Racing Kawasaki) +1.672s
5.     Josh Brookes (VisionTrack Ducati) +7.384s
6.     Glenn Irwin (Honda Racing) +10.159s
7.     Andrew Irwin (SYNETIQ BMW) +10.605s
8.     Bradley Ray (Rich Energy OMG Racing BMW) +10.758s
9.     Ryan Vickers (RAF Regular & Reserve Kawasaki) +12.567s
10.  Storm Stacey (Team LKQ Euro Car Parts Kawasaki) +24.172s

For the full result please click here

Bennetts British Superbike Championship standings after Cadwell Park Race 2:

1.     Jason O'Halloran (McAMS Yamaha) 317
2.     Tarran Mackenzie (McAMS Yamaha) 223
3.     Christian Iddon (VisionTrack Ducati) 214
4.     Tommy Bridewell (Oxford Products Racing Ducati) 189
5.     Peter Hickman (FHO Racing BMW) 180
6.     Danny Buchan (SYNETIQ BMW) 165
7.     Glenn Irwin (Honda Racing) 144
8.     Bradley Ray (Rich Energy OMG Racing BMW) 123

For the full standings please click here

For the race three grid please click here