Fantastic four for Integro Yamaha and Kennedy!
Appleyard Macadam Racing made it back-to-back double wins after Jack Kennedy secured his third and fourth victories of the year at Oulton Park over the weekend!
In a repeat performance from Brands Hatch a fortnight ago, Kennedy topped both of Saturday’s free practice sessions before securing pole position for Sunday evening’s sprint race.
Brad Jones was once again impressive in only his third race weekend on a Supersport machine, finishing the free practice sessions fourth quickest overall and then backing it up by qualifying on the second row of the grid in fifth.
Sunday’s sprint race was held in near perfect conditions with the sun shining. Dubliner Kennedy made the most of the weather by hitting the front on the first lap from pole position and dominating the race from then on.
His closest championship rival, Ben Currie, applied the pressure during the first half of the race but Kennedy eventually broke clear to take the chequered flag over six seconds ahead of second place, wrapping up a third straight win.
Jones was enthralled in a close fight for the final podium place but made a small error at Cascades and subsequently lost touch with the group. The 20-year-old had to settle for a lonely sixth place but added to his ever growing championship tally.
Monday brought more sunshine and a bumper crowd at Oulton Park, thought to be in excess of 40,000 people. Kennedy was on pole position once again but it was Currie to his right who got the holeshot with a blistering start.
The Dubliner was quickly back at the front though but couldn’t shake off the close attention of Currie. Kennedy lead every lap but Currie was applying constant pressure, never slipping further back than half a second in arrears.
But with a few laps remaining, a mistake from Currie and Kennedy pounced to open out over a second advantage and secure back-to-back double wins and a fourth victory on the bounce.
Jones was once again in a tight battle and went one better than the day previous to match his best ever Supersport finish with fifth place.
Leaving Oulton Park, Kennedy has opened out his championship lead to 14 points whereas Jones jumped up to seventh in the standings thanks to his best weekend points haul of the season.
The team are next in action at a test at Snetterton next Thursday before entering a five week summer break.
“It was a perfect weekend on my Appleyard Macadam Yamaha R6 and I'm buzzing to get four wins back-to-back. We topped every session with two poles and two wins and my team did a great job so it's big thanks to them for giving me a faultless bike to produce the results.
“We lead the sprint race from start to finish but Ben [Currie] kept me honest for most of it before I broke away towards the end with a string of fast laps and we took the win by a good margin.
“Race two was much closer with Ben keeping me on my toes and, to be honest, I didn't expect it to be so close given the advantage we had at the start of the weekend, so hat's off to him for that. I was doing consistently good lap times, not making any mistakes but the gap on my lap board wasn't going up. With two laps to go, the back markers came into effect and I had to go for a pass that I was lucky enough to make stick to bring it to the flag and take the double win.
“It's good to be going into the break now having extended our championship lead and with the Integro R6 just getting stronger every round, I think there's still more to come.”
“Overall, it was a good weekend. Consistent across the weekend and I made some steps forward. The heat was tough but it good to finally get some good weather. I enjoyed the races and there was some good battles, which is what it’s all about.
“For me I’ve got a few areas to work on now in the break and focus on getting on that podium. It’s been a good first 3 rounds and I am learning so much in the Supersport class. The team have been doing a mega job and have made the transition from Superstock to Supersport as smooth as possible for me.”