Double Delight for Integro Yamaha

Appleyard Macadam Racing picked up their opening victories of the 2018 Dickies British Supersport championship at Brands Hatch this weekend, thanks to a double win from Irishman Jack Kennedy.

The Dubliner set the pace through Friday’s free practice sessions but youngster Brad Jones was again impressive in only his second outing on the Yamaha YZF-R6 Supersport machine, ending up fifth quickest.

Saturday morning’s qualifying session was held in dry conditions and Kennedy was again dominant at the top of the time sheets, taking his second pole position in as many races. The performance of the 30 minute session came from 20-year-old Jones, however, who went one better than his grid position at Donington Park to claim his first front row start in third.

That evening the 16 lap sprint race got underway and Kennedy made a good start from pole position to take an early lead. Kennedy lead every lap but one but was under immense pressure throughout from his championship rival, Australian Ben Currie. The 30-year-old was keen not to let Currie pass him on the last lap again and as the pair came through the last corner of Clearways, Currie was closing in but Kennedy held on to take the chequered flag by just 0.006 of a second and secured his first win of the season.

Jones was in a multi-rider battle for fourth place throughout and just missed out on winning by fractionally over a tenth of a second. However, fifth place and a best finish in the class delighted the whole of the team.

Sunday’s feature race was initially red flagged with Kennedy in second due to rain, but when the race restarted over 12 laps the track remained dry despite light rain continuing to fall. Kennedy pushed his way past American James Rispoli at the halfway point and wrapped up his second win of the weekend by over a quarter of a second. Jones was struggling with a front-end problem throughout the race so couldn’t match Saturday’s finish but rode maturely to eighth place.

Leaving Brands Hatch, Kennedy now sits atop of the championship standings; holding a four point advantage over Currie. After collecting 19 points over the weekend, Jones jumped up the standing to eighth place.

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