Drama at Brands Hatch for Team Appleyard Macadam
It was a dramatic return from injury for Jack Kennedy at Brands Hatch as he took a win and runner-up placing, with Brad Jones continuing a successful run with another pair of visits to the podium.
The team also celebrated team matriarch Peggy Appleyard’s 80th birthday in the paddock over the weekend; Peggy being a regular at the BSB series for many years.
Jack had his cracked wrist pinned after his accident at Donington Park and had worked hard with physio to get his wrist in the ‘right place’ to race.
After being declared fit to ride, determined Jack went out in the very first practice session with fast laps and showed he had lost none of his pace, logging P1!
Qualifying went to plan as Jack took his fourth pole of the year after swapping positions with his Supersport nemesis Alastair Seeley throughout the session. Clearly relieved yet nearly 0.4 ahead of Seeley, Jack was also joined in the qualifying circle by team mate Brad for yet another all Yamaha YZF-R6 front row!
Race one was a complicated affair with ever changing weather conditions, a restart and drama aplenty. In a hotly contested first part of the race our team duo both lead the way along with Seeley and Karl Ryde, however rain on lap five meant the red flag was deployed.
Although the restarted race started relatively dry, as a declared ‘wet race’ riders would stay out on track if more precipitation came, which inevitably it did. As the rain started falling a whole host of different riders joined a large group at the front of the field.
Coming down to the final lap, Seeley led at the start but Kennedy moved through to lead on the run into Clearways.
When approaching onto the straight, Kennedy lost a bit of ground and the wily Seeley was able to power through to take the win by just 0.026s.
A series of altercations after the flag meant the atmosphere in the parc ferme was a little frosty but as true professionals the two riders shook hands.
After the incident going viral and with the calming hand from Robin Appleyard overnight, the scene was set for an epic final 18 lap race. The final race was run in completely dry conditions and again Jack and Brad were joined by Seeley, who took the lead on lap five.
Jack went back into the lead one lap later and logged the fastest lap of 1:28.096 to pull a gap and take a well-earned win.
Brad had a titanic battle with Kyle Ryde for another podium champagne.
With a win and second place matching the points of Seeley, Jack sits just 30 points behind his great rival even after his non-scoring Donington event.
“I've got to be happy with this weekend, especially only having an operation on my wrist less than two weeks ago. Yesterday was so close and obviously today I'm over the moon with the win. So all in all a good weekend!”Jack Kennedy:
“I’m a bit frustrated to be honest today as I wanted to be in that battle for the front but once the tyre went past it's best it was tricky. Yesterday was a complicated race but this was more straightforward and ultimately, it’s another 32 points, so all good!”Brad Jones:
“It’s been an interesting weekend for sure! Yesterday’s race was held in difficult conditions but everyone stayed on so that was a bonus. Jack’s been strong since coming back from his broken scaphoid and very nearly had a double win, whilst young Brad consolidated his third place and is nibbling at the leaders. The team worked hard as usual and we look forward to our annual trip over the border!”Robin Appleyard:
Dickies British Supersport Championship Standings
1. Alastair Seeley (EHA Racing Yamaha) 175
2. Jack Kennedy (Integro Yamaha - Colin Appleyard Macadam Team) 145
3. Brad Jones (Integro Yamaha - Colin Appleyard Macadam Team) 132