Jack Kennedy makes it a scintillating six for team Appleyard Macadam
The team arrived at the Snetterton race circuit filled with confidence after entering the six-week summer break with four wins in a row. Kennedy picked up where he left off, taking pole position in Saturday’s qualifying session, retaining his one hundred percent pole position record.
Brad Jones ended the session seventh, at a circuit he admitted before the weekend, wasn’t his favourite on the calendar.
Saturday’s sprint race got underway with Jack not making the strongest of starts from first place on the grid. Things got worse when he was forced wide at the opening corner and shuffled back to eighth place. Brad made a strong start, however, settling into a battle for a top five spot.
Jack made his way through to fourth place when the safety car was deployed, meaning no overtaking was allowed. With his bike overheating and the leader slowing the pace, Jack went ahead of the front man and when they eventually got back up to pace he was caught out, leaving him nearly four seconds adrift.
But Jack set a new fastest lap of the race and was able to close down and then make his move on the leader. He began to edge clear before the red flag was deployed to hand him a fifth straight win.
Brad battled hard behind and equalled his best result of the year finishing in fifth.
Sunday’s feature race looked like it would be a tight fight for the win and the opening laps showed it could be heading that way. However, Jack’s closest championship rival, Ben Currie, had a technical problem and was forced to retire from the race. It left him nearly six seconds clear and able to cruise home to a sixth win in as many races.
The retirement of Currie left Brad in second place and enthralled in a battle for his first podium finish. The 20-year-old showed real grit and determination to hold to riders behind him for the vast majority of the race but on the final lap was frustratingly beaten by the narrowest of margins and took the chequered flag in fourth place.
The 13 points he collected for fourth was still his best finish of the year and the ride itself was by and away the most impressive performance from Brad of the season.
Jack’s 50 point haul over the weekend saw his championship lead stretch out to 44 points ahead of a trip to Scotland and Knockhill race circuit in three weeks time.
“It’s Great to come away with two wins this weekend in two completely different types of races. Race one was made hard as I was nudged out at the first corner. I fought my way back up to 4th before the safety car came out, then got it wrong on the restart so it was of no real advantage. I had my work cut out with a gap of 3.2 seconds to get to the front but once I felt I could push again, I put my head down and with consistent laps I caught the guys ahead. I felt I had the pace to take Ben [Currie] so I made the move making it stick to take the win as the race was red flagged the next lap.
“In race two there was a lot less drama but I had a good battle with Ben. When I saw a big gap on my pit board by lap 5 I knew something had happened so after that it was a pretty lonely race from then on. I just focused on keeping my times consistent, counting down the laps to cross the line taking the double.
“As always it was a superb performance by my team giving me a great bike all weekend to get the clean sweep with two poles, two wins and two fastest laps. It feels mega to have six wins on the bounce and now leading the championship by 44 points. I can’t thank my team enough, my sponsors and everyone who supports me.”
“The first race on the Saturday was really hectic but an enjoyable one. I was fairly happy with the fifth but knew I had more to come proven by my lap time putting me fourth on the grid for Sunday.
“I learnt so much in Sunday’s race. Battling for the podium for the first time dragged a little bit more out of me. In the end it was obviously frustrating to miss out on the podium after running second and third for a lot of it but looking back now it’s a decent result and some good progress was made again.
A big thank you to the team for a doing a great job all weekend as usual and of course thank you to all my sponsors.”
We wish the boys the best of luck for Knockhill on 6th-8th July.