Oulton BSB: Skinner takes yet another Supersport pole

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Just as he had done at the three previous rounds, Rory Skinner again set the pace in qualifying for the Quattro British Supersport Championship at Oulton Park as he claimed pole position on Saturday morning.

The Tysers Yamaha rider was quick out the blocks to open up a 0.123s gap over the rest of the field but mid-way through the session he upped his pace further with a lap of 1’38.296s giving him a 0.315s advantage over Lee Johnston.

His margin over the Northern Irishman increased to more than half a second with a lap of 1’38.053s giving him his fourth consecutive pole position but it was team-mate Brad Jones who eventually came through to take second.

A lap of 1’38.337s saw him close the gap to Skinner to 0.284s with Johnston, winner of the International Gold Cup last weekend, again proving his short circuit credentials on the Ashcourt Racing Yamaha as he completed the front row.

Heading the second row was the leading GP2 Cup rider with Tom Oliver performing excellently on the Nova Go Racing Chassis Factory machine, his lap of 1’38.768s putting him three quarters of a second behind Skinner but more than four tenths quicker than the second GP2 Cup machine of Mason Law (Spirit MotoCorsa) who was eighth overall.

Joining Oliver on the second row was Harry Truelove (Truelove Brothers Racing Yamaha) and Bradley Perie (Diamond H Racing) whilst fellow Yamaha rider Jamie Perrin took seventh to lead off the third row.

Law placed the aforementioned eighth ahead of the Gearlink Kawasaki pairing of James Westmoreland and Ben Currie whilst Jack Scott (JJ Racing Harris) was the third quickest GP2 Cup rider in 11th overall.

Korie McGreevy (Century Racing Yamaha) was a faller towards the end of the session with the reigning Pirelli National Superstock 600 Champion dropping back to 25th as a result.

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