Donington BSB: Three wins as Redding powers to series lead

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Scott Redding has taken hold of the Bennetts British Superbike championship lead after making a clean sweep at Donington Park this weekend.

Be Wiser Ducati’s top points scorer crossed the line over a second clear of Xavi Fores in today’s second race and has now eclipsed Tommy Bridewell and Tarran Mackenzie to lead the points.

Redding finally got the start he was looking for after a weekend of poor launches as he shot into the lead ahead of pole-sitter Barbera, who slotted into second as second row man Fores moved into third.

But Brookes’ squirrely Ducati forced Barbera wide at the Old Hairpin and fell to seventh just before Fores swooped ahead of Redding to take the lead.

After inheriting third, Brookes pounced on Redding to take over second at Coppice and set his sights on Fores’ top spot.

Meanwhile, a queue began to form behind Redding as Tyco BMW’s Christian Iddon, Bridewell, Hector Barbera and McAMS Yamaha boys Mackenzie and Jason O’Halloran, the latter of whom clocked the fastest lap of the race on lap four, diced for fourth.

Back at the front, Fores ran slightly wide in the middle of Coppice and opened the door for Brookes, who wasted no time in sneaking through to the front.

Redding followed him through at Redgate on lap eight to nudge Fores back to third before he took on his team-mate at Coppice the very next lap to take the lead.

After a scramble in the top seven, JG Speedfit Kawasaki’s Barbera ended any hopes of a strong finish for the factory squad as he lost the front at the Old Hairpin and bounced into the gravel.

But he wasn’t the only one down in the dirt after O’Halloran followed him out of contention just two laps later at Coppice.

It was soon a five-way fight at the front as Mackenzie passed Fores for third while the Spaniard dropped into the clutches of fifth-placed Bridewell.

With nine laps to go, however, Brookes let the brake off a bit too late at Roberts and had to run on at the final chicane, losing touch with his PBM compatriot and dropping over a second off the winning fight into fifth.

As Redding pulled a gap of over two seconds in a clear charge to his third victory, Fores and Mackenzie scrapped for second while Brookes regained ground to tag onto the back of Bridewell with a lap remaining.

But a mistake cost Mackenzie a podium as Fores pulled clear to clinch second while Bridewell made a pass at Roberts to pinch the final rostrum spot from the diminutive Scotsman.

Brookes was forced to settle for fifth over seven seconds clear of Iddon and Smith’s BMW man Hickman.

The second Fireblade of Andrew Irwin crossed the line eighth while Buildbase Suzuki’s duo of Bradley Ray and Luke Stapleford took ninth and tenth.

Redding now sits on 115 points heading to Brands Hatch next month as Bridewell follows him up on 109 ahead of Mackenzie on 108.

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