BSB Brands Finale: Kennedy claims BSS title with faultless sprint win| Phil Wain | BSB Support
Jack Kennedy put in a faultless ride at Brands Hatch on Saturday afternoon to win the Quattro Group British Supersport Championship Sprint race and claim this year’s title in the process.
The HEL Performance/Bournemouth Kawasaki was never headed as he took his seventh win of the season and with main rival Ben Currie (Gearlink Kawasaki) finishing in third, he now has an unassailable lead of 43 points.
Kennedy took full advantage of his pole position to grab the holeshot and he led the field round at the end of the first lap, his lead over Bradley Perie (Appleyard Macadam Yamaha) already 1.3s with Jamie Perrin, Lee Johnston and Currie in hot pursuit.
Johnston (Ashcourt Racing Yamaha) moved ahead of Perrin (Spirit Motocorsa) next time around with Currie doing likewise on lap three but Kennedy was extending his lead all the time and the gap was up to 2.3s as he started his fourth lap.
The champion-elect was forging ahead whilst the battle for second continued to rage, Johnston briefly taking over second before dropping back to fourth. Indeed, by lap five, Kennedy’s lead was up to three-seconds with Perie leading the group behind from Currie, Johnston and Perrin.
They were more than five-seconds clear of fifth which was now being occupied by Charlie Nesbitt ahead of Mason Law, Harry Truelove, Eunan McGlinchey and Danny Webb.
Kennedy’s lead came down slightly to 2.6s at half race distance, lap six of twelve, and Perie and Currie shaved another three-tenths of a second off that next time around although it was fourth placed Perrin who was the quickest man on track.
However, Kennedy was controlling proceedings at the front and riding to his signals, maintaining a cushion of two-seconds over Perie although the latter kept pushing right up until the very end setting the fastest lap of the race on lap ten.
Kennedy wasn’t to be denied though and duly took his seventh win of the season and with it his third Supersport crown. Perie and Currie joined him on the podium with Johnston in fourth and Perrin fifth, the latter claiming the top honours in the GP2 category for his first win of the year.
Nesbitt and Law took sixth and seventh to complete the top three in GP2 with Supersport-mounted Truelove, Rhys Irwin and McGlinchey completing the top 10 overall.