Eight in a row for Appleyard Macadam Racing!
Our race team enjoyed their fourth consecutive double win in the Scottish sunshine thanks to Jack Kennedy recording an eighth straight British Supersport win.
The Dubliner was in fine form once again but was pushed all weekend by his closest championship contender, Ben Currie. Kennedy topped the opening free practice session but had to settle for second when the second session came around.
Then, for the first time this season, Kennedy didn’t manage to win himself pole position, missing out on a fifth straight qualifying triumph by only 0.078 of a second. Talented youngster Brad Jones had to settle for fronting the third row of the grid in seventh, despite being just over half a second behind the pole setter.
The sprint race on Saturday evening saw Kennedy and Currie break clear of the chasing pack as they have done so often this year. The duo battled it out, with both having the opportunity to lead for a number of laps but as they went onto the last it was Currie who was the front. Kennedy followed him closely before making his move, diving underneath the Australian with only a few corners left. The Irishman held on to take the chequered flag a quarter of a second clear to wrap up win number seven.
Jones again battled hard throughout the race and came across the line in seventh, after missing out in the closing stages in a battle for sixth.
The feature race went to the same script we’ve seen at most races this year with Kennedy and Currie having the pace to move clear of the battle behind. Jones, meanwhile, was enthralled in that fight for third place but unfortunately crashed out whilst trying to earn his first podium finish in the class. The duo at the front again swapped places regularly with Currie holding the advantage as they came across back-markers.
Due to the tight and twisty nature of Knockhill, Kennedy got stuck behind one of the slower riders giving Currie the chance to pull out the biggest gap of the race at just over three quarters of second. However, thanks to posting the fastest lap of the race, Kennedy reeled in the Australian, passed him late in the race and held on for an eighth win in as many races.
Leaving Knockhill and heading into Brands Hatch in a fortnight’s time, Kennedy is now 54 points clear at the top of the British Supersport championship. Jones remains sixth in the title chase on 77 points.