Oulton BSB: ‘Championship is back on’ for Ducati’s Iddon| Phil Wain at Oulton Park | British Superbikes
After a tough meeting last time out at Silverstone, Christian Iddon brought himself right back into contention for this year’s Bennetts British Superbike Championship at the weekend with a trio of excellent rides at Oulton Park.
The VisionTrack Ducati rider was perhaps unlucky to have not taken at least one of the race wins but with 60 points from the three races, he now finds himself just 12 points behind long time Championship leader Glenn Irwin.
Having led for most of Saturday’s race, only to lose out in the closing stages to Jason O’Halloran, Sunday’s opener saw a reverse in the trend as this time it was the Australian who led with Iddon doing the shadowing. Try as he might though, he was unable to get close enough to make a pass as O’Halloran kept him at arms length.
“I looked at Jason’s back wheel for 18 laps but simply wasn’t able to do anything about it and it was a really hard race, harder than Saturday for sure,” said Iddon afterwards.
It was actually quite difficult to breathe the pace was that hot. I was hanging it out as best I could but Jason pulled the pin slightly at the end and it was another second.”
The third and final race of the weekend followed a similar pattern only this time it was Iddon’s team-mate Josh Brookes who did all the leading. Again, there was never more than a few tenths between the leading group which comprised the two Ducati riders along with O’Halloran once more and Lee Jackson.
However, any hopes of a late move on his team-mate disappeared in the closing stages when he over shot the Hizzy’s chicane slightly and all his focus fell on keeping O’Halloran at bay rather than making a stab for the lead.
“In the final race, it was Josh in front of me and I felt stronger than him mid-race but I messed up the chicane near the end and that was that. I had to go from attacking to defending but whilst I didn’t take a win, I’m really happy with three second places. I’ve taken a good haul of points across the three races and the Championship’s back on now.”