In a frenzied 25 minute qualifying session which saw the top ten covered by just 0.7s with only the top five dipping into the 49’s, Tempus MV Agusta’s Jack Kennedy qualified P4 on the grid for the Knockhill British Supersport Championship Sprint race. A 90 minute delay for both SBK qualifying and the Supersport race due to track conditions, where an earlier oil spill along the entire racing line meant an extensive track clean-up was necessary. When the race got underway, it was Andrew Irwin who took the hole shot from the front row of the grid but he had the close attention of Kennedy and Keith Farmer for the entire duration.
Irwin held the lead up to half race distance before switching places back and forth with Farmer who ultimately went on to take the victory. Irwin managed to hold off a last lap challenge from Jack for second place with Jack taking the final slot to make it an all Irish podium.
Jack had a difficult race and had to dig deep for fourth place in the feature race though. Having saved a big moment at the very first corner when he ran off track, he was lucky to stay upright when he rejoined the pack. The start really cost him dropping him back from fourth to ninth and at Knockhill where making a pass can be tricky, getting away with the leaders is vital.
Still, he had a storming ride making his way through the pack, consistently taking .2/.3 every lap until he was in a four way battle for the final rostrum spot. On the penultimate lap, Francis crashed out, then just as Jack was closing in on Allingham to make his move for 3rd, a back marker cost him precious time and he went on to take fourth at the finish line. The next round of the championship will take place at Snetterton in Norfolk 30Jun-2Jul.
Jack “Had a bad start to race 2- went back to 9th but battled my way to take 4th. Lot of positives to take onto Snetterton. Top job by Tempus MV Agusta!”
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