Oulton BSB: O’Halloran triples his win tally in one weekend| Phil Wain | British Superbikes
Having waited more than four years for his second Bennetts British Superbike Championship victory, Jason O’Halloran didn’t have to wait long for his third and less than 24 hours later after his win on Saturday, he was standing on the top of the podium again at Oulton Park.
The McAMS Yamaha rider was in imperious form at the undulating Cheshire circuit right from the get-go and although he couldn’t complete the hat-trick in race three, he ended the weekend as top scorer across the three races and having closed the deficit to Championship leader Glenn Irwin from 44 points to just two.
“I’ve had a long wait to get another win in BSB but then two come in a weekend,” he said afterwards, his only other BSB victory coming at Snetterton back in July 2016.
“I had a feeling we would be strong this weekend and we were fast from Friday when I had a great feeling with the bike from the first lap. We qualified on pole, won the first race and then won the second race despite the latter being really tough.
The pace was quicker than Saturday’s race but I didn’t want to have another race where there were 12 riders in a long freight train so tried to stretch things out a bit.
“I kept seeing +0 and +0.2 on my board so Christian (Iddon) pushed me all the way but I had enough of a margin to hold on. I kept a good eye on my board and counted down the laps and eventually the chequered flag came.”
The smart money for the third and final race of the weekend was on the Australian to take another victory but it wasn’t to be as he spent the majority of the race in third place behind the VisionTrack Ducati pairing of Josh Brookes and Iddon.
Finding a gap to overtake wasn’t an easy task and with Iddon taking a defensive line into Lodge on the final lap, it gave Lee Jackson the opportunity to seize the advantage and he pushed O’Halloran back to fourth at the chequered flag.
Nevertheless, he was more than happy with his weekend’s work and especially with how the Championship table now looks.
“I had a good scrap in the last race for the win and fair dos to them as they rode well. I nearly ran into the back of Christian going into the last corner and had to roll off so that helped Lee get the speed on me to the line. All in all though, it’s been a fantastic weekend.
“We came into it 44 points down and now we’re two points behind in the championship so I’m really looking forward to getting to Donington Park.
“It’s a track I enjoy, we had a great round there on the national track and I think our package can be really strong there. We are in it. There are six races left and it’s all to play for and I’m going to give it my all.”