Donington BSB: Maiden Supersport win for van Sikkelerus

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Jamie van Sikkelerus (MPM Routz Racing Yamaha) took a thrilling Quattro Group British Supersport Championship race victory at Donington Park on Sunday afternoon, the Dutchman getting the better of Harry Truelove and Lee Johnston to claim his first ever series win.

There was drama at the start with jump starts by Rhys Irwin (Astro-JJR Triumph) and Damon Rees (Ashcourt Racing Yamaha) and just two corners later, Saturday’s race winner Bradley Perie (Appleyard Macadam Yamaha) crashed out at Craner Curves, nearly taking Johnston with him.

Once the dust had settled, it was an Ashcourt Racing Yamaha 1-2 with Rees leading teammate Johnston, Tom Booth-Amos (Gearlink Kawasaki), Truelove and van Sikkelerus following. Irwin took his ride through penalty at the start of lap four with Rees doing likewise a lap later.

Back at the front and there was just three tenths of a second covering Booth-Amos, Truelove and Johnston after five laps but a lap later, Johnston moved up to second with a move up the inside of Truelove at the Melbourne Haiprin. However, the Ulsterman then made a mistake at Redgate and dropped back to fourth as both Truelove and van Sikkelerus moved ahead.

Further behind, Luke Jones (Highsparks Ducati) was running in fifth ahead of Eugene McManus (Completely Motorbikes/Affinity Kawasaki) and leading GP2 runner Jack Scott who was back out after his heavy crash the previous day.

By half race distance, the front four of Booth-Amos, van Sikkelerus, Truelove and Johnston were running nose to tail once more with less than half a second between them and the Kawasaki man was doing all he could to keep the three Yamahas at bay.

Truelove squeezed ahead going into Coppice on lap ten with Johnston back in third and this became second at the Melbourne Hairpin with Booth-Amos now down to third and van Sikkelerus still very much in the mix in fourth. Jones was still in fifth ahead of McManus, Scott, Jamie Perrin, Mason Law and Shane Richardson.

Johnston went back into second coming into the Foggy Esses on the eleventh lap, but Truelove continued to hold sway, his lead at the start of lap 13 a slender quarter of a second, and van Sikkelerus had overhauled Booth-Amos to make it a Yamaha lock-out of the podium places.

Indeed, the Kawasaki man ran into trouble and dropped back by more than five seconds but at the front Johnston and Truelove exchanged places on more than one occasion on lap 14 and van Sikkelerus was up to second by the end of the lap, Truelove now pushed back to third.

Johnston was back in the lead at the Melbourne Hairpin on lap 15 and going into the penultimate lap, the order was Johnston, van Sikkelerus and Truelove with Booth-Amos now in a lonely fourth ahead of Jones and McManus.

Going into the final lap, the race was anyone’s and Truelove went up to second at the Old Hairpin and then took the lead from Johnston at McLean’s. Johnston was then pushed back another spot at the Melbourne Hairpin by van Sikkelerus and although he made one last bid for the win, he ran wide at Goddards and van Sikkelerus took the win from Truelove and Johnston.

Booth-Amos held on for fourth with Jones taking fifth and McManus sixth, Scott claimed seventh overall, which gave him the GP2 title, and it was Perrin, Rees and Richardson that rounded out the top ten.

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