Oulton BSB: O’Halloran makes it two wins from two| Phil Wain at Oulton Park | British Superbikes
Jason O’Halloran made it two Bennetts British Superbike Championship wins from two at Oulton Park when the McAMS Yamaha rider led Sunday’s opening race from start to finish with Christian Iddon (VisionTrack Ducati) and Danny Buchan (Rapid Fulfillment Kawasaki) making it a repeat podium as Saturday.
It was a disaster for Championship leader Glenn Irwin (Honda Racing) though as he was forced to retire at two-thirds race distance with O’Halloran’s victory cutting the gap to just five points.
It was pole man O’Halloran who grabbed the holeshot from team-mate Tarran Mackenzie but Iddon was quickly up into second with Buchan following soon afterwards and by the end of the second lap, the leading trio had opened up a one-second advantage over the rest of the field.
Further back, Brookes had moved up to fourth, from his eighth place on the grid, after setting a 1’34.530s lap with Andrew Irwin and Mackenzie close behind and the 2015 Champion set about closing the gap to Buchan.
Indeed, by lap four it was a leading quartet with just 0.6s between them and some 1.2s clear of Irwin who, in turn, had a one second lead over brother Glenn who was in sixth.
By half race distance, the front four were still nose to tail with O’Halloran’s lead hovering between 0.2-0.4s but Andrew Irwin was now two seconds behind fourth placed Brookes with Glenn now back in seventh after being overhauled by Lee Jackson.
A lap later the Kawasaki man made a mistake and dropped back to tenth and Irwin was back up to sixth although he was under extreme pressure from Bradley Ray (Synetiq BMW). It got worse on lap 12 for the Northern Irishman though when he pulled into the pits to retire and he could only watch as his championship lead get eaten into.
Back at the head of the field and O’Halloran continued to held sway but Brookes was beginning to fall off the back of Buchan and in the closing laps it was a clear three-way fight for the win.
However, O’Halloran set a hot pace to keep Iddon and Buchan at arms length and he never gave the Ducati of Iddon the opportunity to overtake, duly taking his second win of the weekend at the end of the 18 laps.
Iddon, Buchan and Brookes held station in second to fourth but it was Jackson who came through for fifth after recovering from his earlier mistake. Andrew Irwin had to settle for sixth with Mackenzie, Ray, Luke Mossey and Peter Hickman completing the top ten.