Jack hit the ground running with fast times, often a full second in front of his rivals, throughout the free practice sessions. Brad by his own admission felt less ‘at home’ than at other rounds and had to work at bike set-up in each outing.
Saturday was again a busy day for the riders of the Dickies British Supersport Championship with Qualifying followed by a twelve lap Sprint race.
Jack was last to take to the sinuous Cheshire circuit in a relaxed manner, confident in his ability to put in strong laps in Qualifying. Indeed the determined Dubliner headed the session and logged a superb 1:36.992 pole position time with other riders trying to catch a tow to improve their own times. His time was 0.3 seconds quicker than his own lap record at the circuit. Brad slotted into third within the main Supersport class which translated into a second row start.
Saturday’s race was held in dry but cool conditions and it was the Appleyard’s squad’s main rival Alastair Seeley who took the holeshot and made the early running. On lap four Jack managed to get past and his teammate followed through. Then as Jack eked out a lead there was an epic battle for second place between Brad, Alastair and GP2 riders Kyle Ryde and Mason Law. At the flag Jack took his tenth consecutive win of the season over three seconds ahead of Alastair who just pipped a frustrated Brad by only 0.2 seconds.
Race two witnessed a real change of fortunes for the three main protagonists in a truly dramatic outing. As in race one, Jack held back at the start as a battle commenced between the two Appleyard riders, Seeley and Ryde. Seeley crashed out of third on lap two and just one lap later Jack followed suit. On closer inspection Kyle Ryde had a slide which unsettled Jack at a crucial point in the corner, causing him to crash. Jack was unhurt whilst Alastair seemed to have injured his wrist.
After a pace car intervention, the battle continued on track and Brad took his first ever Supersport class victory to much applause.
In the title fight Jack now leads Brad by 37 points with Alastair Seeley another 36 further adrift, giving Brad a small cushion.