Oulton BSB: Haslam does the double to take championship lead

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Leon Haslam doubled up as he powered to his second win of the day and took the Bennetts British Superbike Championship lead this afternoon.

The JG Speedfit rider turned up the heat as track temperatures topped out at more than 37 degrees, taking his second win of the day in style.

Once again, it was RAF Regular & Reserves Kawasaki’s Jake Dixon who got the best start, as he led into the first corner, but behind, Buildbase Suzuki’s Bradley Ray was also on a charge, searing around the outside to slot into second.

As the rest jostled for position behind, Haslam was running third ahead of Glenn Irwin and Honda Racing’s Jason O’Halloran, but the latter wasted little time in making the move to fourth.

The front four quickly broke a gap at the front, and it was soon clear O’Halloran was on a charge, as he passed both Haslam and Ray on lap three before moving into the lead on lap five.

Ray started dropping backwards down the order as he was passed by both Be Wiser Ducatis of Glenn Irwin and Shane Byrne, as Haslam made a pass on Dixon into Lodge on lap seven to move up to second.

He kept in very close contact with leader O’Halloran for the next few laps, eventually making the move to take the lead as they headed into Lodge on the 12th lap.

But O’Halloran wasn’t keen to let him have it easily, as he stuck close behind Haslam’s Kawasaki, refusing to let him get away.

Byrne passed Irwin on the 14th lap to move into fourth, and with third place in sight, quickly began to chase down Dixon.

As the final lap began, it was clear both O’Halloran and Byrne were keen to make moves. O’Halloran had a few looks down the inside but was unable to find a way past, and had to settle for second as Haslam took the flag for the second time today.

Dixon was able to hold onto third, as Byrne took fourth ahead of his team-mate in fifth.

McAMS Yamaha’s Josh Brookes passed Ray for sixth on the final lap, as Danny Buchan scored his second top 10 of the day as he brought his FS-3 Kawasaki over the line eighth.

The second Buildbase Suzuki of Richard Cooper was ninth while Movuno.com Halsall Racing Suzuki’s Tommy Bridewell rounded out the top 10.

Riders who crashed out included OMG Racing’s Gino Rea, McAMS Yamaha’s Taz Mackenzie, while Luke Mossey retired at the end of lap four.

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