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Mcconnell Fights to Second Place at Brands Hatch


By: londonbikers.com | Published 09 August 2009, 20:54 | Views: 1,041 | tags: bsb, bss, british supersport, fuchs-silkolene, map raceways, yamaha, billy mcconnell, lee johnston, allan jon venter, brands hatch, kent
Billy McConnell pulled of a dramatic second-place finish on his MAP Raceways Yamaha at the eighth round of the Fuchs-Silkolene British Supersport Championship at Brands Hatch in Kent today.

The hard-riding Australian pulled back vital championship points with his gritty ride to second place. Off the line he was fourth but was pushed wide at Druids hairpin leaving him to fight his way back to the leading pack. The safety car was also deployed for four laps which added to the drama, but allowed McConnell to get a better feel for his front tyre and also bunched up the pack.

Once the safety car came in the race was on and he held onto Championship leader Steve Plater until the final lap, where he passed him and fended off any potential moves from the Honda rider.

McConnell said:
“That was a tough race and we had front end problems all weekend but Andy, Johnny and K-Tech all worked really hard to get it sorted. I got a good start and then got hammered by everyone; I ran wide and was over the grass at one point.

“Then the safety car came out too, my tyre cooled down a bit so I actually had better feel. On the last lap I knew I had to wait for the right moment, then I got the drive and he knew I was there so I braked as late as I could and got my head down. I just kept working on getting good drive and waiting for him to try and pass. It was good points for the championship so I’m really pleased.”

Allan Jon Venter raced to an excellent eighth place with lap times which were on a par with the front runners. The South African was pleased with the progress he made during the race and the potential he has shown at this round.

Venter said:
“We made a change after warm-up to a new clutch so it was bit of a gamble. On the first lap the bike spat me out of the seat and I lost about five places. I decided to switch to a different map and it was ideal. I felt good and my times were matching the leaders I just need to do them in qualifying. A big thank you to Jason, MAP and all my sponsors. I’m looking forward to Cadwell Park now, it is a bit of a motocross track and I enjoy it. I need to get qualifying sorted out and get a result.”
Lee Johnston’s technical gremlins continued as he exited the race on lap seven with a mechanical problem. He had been running in tenth place at the time and looked set for a good result.

Johnston said:
“I was catching the leaders and I’d been concentrating on saving my tyre for later in the race but unfortunately my bike had a fault and that was my race over. I’m just staying positive and looking forward to Cadwell Park.”

The ninth round of the Fuchs-Silkolene British Supersport Championship will take place on the 29th – 31st August at Cadwell Park in Lincolnshire.   

Race results
1. James Westmoreland      Triumph            27:50.845
2. Billy McConnell        MAP Raceways Yamaha    +0.728
3. Steve Plater        Honda                +0.933
4. Ben Wilson        Kawasaki            +2.617
5. Ian Hutchinson        Honda                +4.361
6. Craig Fitzpatrick        Yamaha            +5.444
7.  Sam Lowes        Honda                +5.809
8. Allan Jon Venter    MAP Raceways Yamaha    +6.667
9. James Webb        Honda                +7.708
10. Jack Kennedy        Yamaha            +7.752
DNF. Lee Johnston    MAP Raceways Yamaha    +11 laps

Championship Standings

1. Steve Plater        125
2. Billy McConnell        118
3. Ben Wilson        105
4. James Westmoreland    97
5. Daniel Cooper        81
6. Dan Linfoot        52
7. James Webb        50
8. Ian Hutchinson        46
9. Tom Grant            44
10. Craig Fitzpatrick        42
12. Lee Johnston        36
16. Allan Jon Venter    22    
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