Silverstone BSB: Mackenzie beats Elliott and Buchan to race two victory

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Tarran Mackenzie redeemed his penalty-stricken race one finish with a first outright Bennetts British Superbike race win this afternoon.

After a race-long battle with a number of riders, including race one winner Josh Elliott and Danny Buchan, the McAMS Yamaha rider scorched across the line and secured his maiden victory.

His team-mate Jason O’Halloran got the best start heading into Copse, but after running wide he handed the lead to Mackenzie before Santander Salt TAG’s Dan Linfoot charged through from fifth on the grid to lead as OMG Suzuki’s Elliott and Buchan joined the fight.

As action settled out and just after Team WD40’s Claudio Corti high-sided at Brooklands, Elliott slotted into second, but O’Halloran’s hopes of redemption were over as his engine gave up the ghost and he parked his R1.

And he wasn’t the only casualty - moments later, Scott Redding limped off the track after crashing his Be Wiser Ducati at the exit of Brooklands following an incident with Andrew Irwin, for which race direction handed the Honda Racing rider a long lap penalty.

Meanwhile at the head of the pack, Elliott had found a way past Linfoot before FS-3 Kawasaki’s Buchan slotted into podium contention ahead of race one runner-up Mackenzie as the four gapped fifth-placed Mossey by almost a full second.

Buchan levered Linfoot aside at the exit of Brooklands on lap 12 to take over the runner-up spot and Mackenzie followed him through a few corners later to jump to third, but the Scotsman didn’t stop there and soon he shot ahead of Buchan and Elliott to take over the lead.

But Linfoot’s podium hopes were slipping as he lost touch with the leading trio and fell into the clutches of Tommy Bridewell, who took over fourth on lap 18 as Josh Brookes and Luke Mossey began stalking Linfoot.

Brookes, however, suffered another spell of bad fortune as his Ducati once again went pop down the Wellington Straight, prompting the safety car as marshals investigated the mess.

What followed was an eight-lap dash for the win after race direction tacked on another three laps and when the safety car returned to the pits, Mackenzie led Elliott and Buchan as the three once again broke free of pursuit.

And despite Elliott’s efforts to back up his race one victory, Mackenzie powered away in the closing laps to take his maiden victory by 0.635s ahead of the Northern Irishman.

Buchan completed the podium just 0.369s off the runner up spot, while Oxford Racing’s Bridewell and Buildbase Suzuki’s leading man Luke Stapleford completed the top five.

Mossey led penalty-hit Andrew Irwin and his Honda team-mate Xavi Fores in the top eight, while Linfoot and Brad Ray bagged ninth and 10th.

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