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Crash denies Mackenzie a Dickies British Supersport Championship hat trick at Brands Hatch

Crash denies Mackenzie a Dickies British Supersport Championship hat trick at Brands Hatch

Tarran Mackenzie stormed to a double win in the Dickies British Supersport Championship at Brands Hatch, however the Stauff Connect Academy rider couldn’t make it a double, crashing out in the Feature race as James Westmoreland stole the show.

In the opening Sprint race of the weekend Mackenzie claimed a thrilling last lap win. With pole position rider Bradley Ray grabbing the holeshot, the opening twelve lap sprint race proved to be an enthralling battle throughout, with no one able to break away from the leading pack of six riders.

Following a short Nissan GT-R Safety Car deployment, Mackenzie quickly wrestled the lead from Ray, with Luke Jones and James Westmoreland in close contention. Trading places throughout, disaster struck Championship contender Westmoreland on the final lap, as he was forced to retire having just taken the lead.

Mackenzie squeezed through in first position by just 0.052s in the opening sprint raceLeading into the final corner, Ray ran slightly wide which allowed Mackenzie to drag him to the line and claim victory by just 0.052s whilst Jones in third was only 0.009s behind Ray. Thruxton double race winner Andy Reid had a tough outing, finishing seventh.

In the second Sprint race Westmoreland sat in pole position after a bittersweet race one.. The early laps saw a great battle between David Allingham on his EHA Racing machine and Jones after his race one podium. Allingham then dropped off slightly and Jones crashed out unhurt.

This left a titanic battle between Ray and Mackenzie with ‘Westy’ in close attendance. The last lap was a nail biter which panned out almost exactly as in race one… as Ray lead into the final corner but was out dragged to the line, by both Mackenzie and Westmoreland.

In the Feature race though, Westmoreland took full advantage of a mistake from Mackenzie to close the gap at the top of the Dickies British Supersport Championship standings.

It was Mackenzie who grabbed the holeshot in the re-run following an earlier red flag, but Jones swiftly demoted the Championship leader at the start of the second lap. With Jones maintaining the lead at the front three made a slight break from the pursuing pack, with Ray taking the lead just before the Nissan GT-R Safety car was deployed on lap five.

As the race got back underway, Ray held the lead but a huge moment on lap nine saw him slip back through the pack and Jones take the lead.

With the top seven riders being covered by less than a second, Mackenzie moved into the lead on lap 11 but tumbled out of contention almost immediately after. The crash left Jones and Westmoreland to battle it out for the lead, with it eventually going the way of Westmoreland, with Mason Law rounding out the podium.

Dickies British Supersport Championship, Brands Hatch, Sprint race one result:
    1    Tarran Mackenzie (Stauff Connect Academy Kawasaki)
    2    Brad Ray (FAB-Racing Yamaha) + 0.052s
    3    Luke Jones (Acumen Industrial Services Triumph) +0.061s
    4    Mason Law (Gearlink Kawasaki) +0.156s
    5    David Allingham (EHA Racing Yamaha) +0.292s
 
Dickies British Supersport Championship, Brands Hatch, Sprint race two result:
    1    Tarran Mackenzie (Stauff Connect Academy Kawasaki)
    2    James Westmoreland (CAME BPT Yamaha) + 0.056s
    3    Brad Ray (FAB-Racing Yamaha) + 0.088s
    4    David Allingham (EHA Racing Yamaha) +1.994s
    5    Joe Francis (CAME BPT Yamaha) +2.973s

Dickies British Supersport Championship, Brands Hatch, Feature race result:
    1    James Westmoreland (CAME BPT Yamaha)
    2    Luke Jones (Acumen Industrial Services Triumph) +0.076
    3    Mason Law (Gearlink Kawasaki) +1.310
    4    David Allingham (EHA Racing Yamaha) +1.485
    5    Benjamin Currie (Pacedayz Trackdays Yamaha) +1.888
 
Dickies British Supersport Championship standings
    1    Tarran Mackenzie (Stauff Connect Academy Kawasaki) 204
    2    James Westmoreland (CAME BPT Yamaha) 198
    3    Andy Reid (Quattro Plant Cool Kawasaki) 180
    4    Luke Jones (Acumen Industrial Services Triumph) 140
    5    Brad Ray (FAB-Racing Yamaha) 114
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