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Seeley wins BSB Supersport race. Billy McConnell leads Aussie Assault in 3rd

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Alastair Seeley celebrated victory in the Motorpoint British Supersport Championship Feature race at Oulton Park after making a decisive last lap move on title rival Stuart Easton into Lodge for the final time.

Seeley had taken the lead on board the Gearlink Kawasaki on the opening lap from Easton and defending champion, Australian Glen Richards, with the Smiths Racing Triumph rider then moving to second a lap later into Old Hall. The second lap also saw a change of the lead as Seeley moved ahead at Brittens.

Easton immediately fought back a lap later, making a move on Richards at Old Hall and then snatched the lead at Shell but it pushed Seeley wide which also allowed Richards to move up to second. Easton then held the lead until the ninth lap when Seeley made a comeback move at Lodge, diving down the inside to push the Martrain Yamaha back to second again.

The pair were inseparable and again Easton nudged his way ahead at Old Hall on lap 13, but again Seeley fought back with a move at Shell.

On the penultimate lap at Cascades the pair swapped positions again and Easton then held the position into the final lap, but Seeley was pushing hard and saved his best move for the last corner as he edged his way ahead at Lodge then held the lead on the drag to the line.

"I learnt from yesterday when Stuart defended more that there might be a chance and I had to have a go to try and break his winning spree." Seeley explained. "The team had given me an awesome bike, we made some small changes.

"Yesterday we touched but if you want to win you have to do that! Today he got the gap but I just got the hammer down and could see where I could make up some time and I got in there and got the win," he added.

The scrap for third was equally as fierce as with a trio of Australian's battling it out for the final podium position. Billy McConnell was able to get ahead of his team-mate and countryman Richards on the sixth lap at Lodge.

Fellow Aussie, Jason O'Halloran and Brit Glenn Irwin were closing in on the fight for third, but the latter crashed out of contention unhurt at Lodge in the closing stages.

O'Halloran and McConnell then switched positions over the closing laps, but the Smiths Racing Triumph rider doubled up on third places after a last lap move on his Samsung Honda rival. Ben Wilson ended the race seventh after his hard fought ride from the back of the grid.
Stuart Easton won the Supersport sprint race ahead of Seeley - Credit: www.britishsuperbike.com
In the earlier ran Supersport sprint race it was Stuart Easton who fought out a race long duel for supremacy by Alastair Seeley to take his fourth victory of the season.

The Scot kept his nerve in a see-saw battle, with the lead changing numerous times, and held firm as Seeley tried a last lap move around the outside at Lodge Corner to grab the advantage but the MarTrain Yamaha rider had the line and then won the dash to the line to take the race by 0.109secs.

"That was a good result for me though I made hard work for myself with the set-up which left me struggling a little with corner entry speed," said Easton. "We have work to do ahead of the Monday race, which is longer, and we should have more speed.

"I was content to let Alastair make the pace at times and once I had taken him I knew that he would come back on the last lap again but I managed to beat him," added the Scot who is aiming to regain the crown he won a decade earlier.

McConnell completed the podium finishers, three seconds down on the leading duo, but half a second ahead of his team-mate Richards, the reigning champion but Wilson missed out on the race, having crashed and extensively damaged his Gearlink Kawasaki in qualifying.

O'Halloran finished 8th.

In the Pirelli National Superstock 600 Championship Jordan Simpkin led throughout to take his first victory of the season on the Team AHR Go Racing Developments Yamaha to increase his lead in the title chase.

Luke Hedger was credited with second place for Gearlink Kawasaki ahead of James Lodge on the MotoBreakers Kawasaki after Joe Collier who finished second on the road was penalised by five seconds for twice re-entering unsafely at Knickerbrook.

Australian Moto-Breakers Kawasaki rider Levi Day finished with an impressive 5th place result as he continues to improve at each round. Fellow Aussie Mark Wilkinson racing for Seton Tuning Yamaha, finished in 11th.

For Australia's third rider in the 600 Superstock class James Mutton, his weekend come to an unfortunate early end when he crashed on Sunday cracking the frame of his bike, ruling him out of qualifying and in turn a chance to qualify for Monday's race.

In the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship Victor Cox enjoyed his first winning ride in the series, and his first anywhere in six years, as he led throughout on the ILR Kawasaki, holding off the re-surgent Hudson Kennaugh aboard the Homer Racing/Ionic Balance Linxcel Kawasaki with Joe Burns taking a solid third on the JG Speedfit Kawasaki with Cox's team mate Filip Backlund fourth.

For Aussie Bryce Van Hoof, he once again had an improved round at Oulton park in the 1000cc Superstock class and edged closer to qualifying for his first race for the year. He will now aim to make the final race for the first time this year at round four being held at Donington park.

had no internet or phone for the last 4 days at Oulton Park! we made progress each session but still just not quite enough at this stage! looking forward to Donington Park!! massive well done to Ben on his great result in his first BSB race and limited time on the bike!! ‰ÛÓ with Benjamin-James Currie.

Motorpoint British Supersport Championship, Oulton Park, Sprint race:
1. Stuart Easton (Martrain Yamaha)
2. Alastair Seeley (Gearlink Kawasaki) +0.109s
3. Billy McConnell (Smiths Gloucester Triumph) +3.475s
4. Glen Richards (Smiths Gloucester Triumph) +3.975s
5. Graeme Gowland (Seton Tuning Yamaha) +4.265s

Motorpoint British Supersport Championship, Oulton Park, Feature race result:
1. Alastair Seeley (Gearlink Kawasaki)
2. Stuart Easton (Martrain Yamaha) +0.061s
3. Billy McConnell (Smiths Racing Triumph) +9.739s
4. Jason O'Halloran (Samsung Honda) +10.006s
5. Glen Richards (Smiths Racing Triumph) +10.144s

Motorpoint British Supersport Championship standings after Oulton Park:
1. A. Seeley Gearlink Kawasaki 122
2. S. Easton Mar-Train Yamaha 120
3. B. Mcconnell Smiths Triumph Racing 98
4. B. Wilson Gearlink Kawasaki 74
5. G. Gowland Seton Tuning Yamaha 62
6. G. Richards Smiths Triumph Racing 57
7. J. O'Halloran Samsung Honda 46
8. J. Dixon (C) Cf Motorsport 40
9. L. Jones Kgd 37
10. G. Irwin Mar-Train Yamaha 33

Top Image: Australian Billy McConnell found himself on the podium again in the Supersport race (Far Right)
Credit: www.britishsuperbike.com

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