The Bennetts British Superbike Championship in association with Pirelli had thousands of fans on the edge of their seats at Thruxton this past weekend (30 July- 1 August) as Jason O’Halloran scored a sensational hat-trick of race wins.
Making a triumphant return to the fastest circuit in the UK for the first time in two years, the titans of Superbikes made up for their 2020 absence with three days of pulsating action - headlined by O’Halloran’s clean sweep.
On a weekend that saw the Hampshire venue bask in a variety of weather conditions, the McAMS Yamaha rider was peerless throughout as he mastered whatever was thrown at him to move into the lead of the championship.
O’Halloran scorched his way to victory ahead of Christian Iddon and Peter Hickman in race one before Tarran Mackenzie and Glenn Irwin took the fight to the Australian in race two.
Danny Buchen and Danny Kent made it six different riders to stand on the podium alongside O’Halloran in the third and final bout, however they, like those that have been mentioned before, could not stop the Monster Energy-backed ace from triumphing.
Bennetts British Superbike Championship, Thruxton, Race 2 result:
1. Jason O'Halloran (McAMS Yamaha)
2. Tarran Mackenzie (McAMS Yamaha) +3.597s
3. Glenn Irwin (Honda Racing) +3.921s
4. Bradley Ray (Rich Energy OMG Racing BMW) +4.210s
5. Peter Hickman (FHO Racing BMW) +4.853s
6. Kyle Ryde (Rich Energy OMG Racing BMW) +12.288s
7. Danny Buchan (SYNETIQ BMW) +14.530s
8. Andrew Irwin (SYNETIQ BMW) +15.614s
9. Danny Kent (Buildbase Suzuki) +16.247s
10. Gino Rea (Buildbase Suzuki) +16.559s
Bennetts British Superbike Championship, Thruxton, Race 3 result:
1. Jason O'Halloran (McAMS Yamaha)
2. Danny Buchan (SYNETIQ BMW) +0.826s
3. Danny Kent (Buildbase Suzuki) +1.834s
4. Ryan Vickers (RAF Regular & Reserve Kawasaki) +5.643s
5. Andrew Irwin (SYNETIQ VBMW) +10.310s
6. Glenn Irwin (Honda Racing) +12.511s
7. Tarran Mackenzie (McAMS Yamaha) +12.791s
8. Peter Hickman (FHO Racing BMW) +18.912s
9. Christian Iddon (VisionTrack Ducati) +19.881s
10. Bradley Ray (Rich Energy OMG Racing BMW) +21.975s
Bennetts British Superbike Championship standings after Thruxton:
1. Jason O'Halloran (McAMS Yamaha) 232
2. Christian Iddon (VisionTrack Ducati) 190
3. Tarran Mackenzie (McAMS Yamaha) 173
4. Danny Buchan (SYNETIQ BMW) 162
5. Tommy Bridewell (Oxford Products Racing Ducati) 110
6. Peter Hickman (FHO Racing BMW) 108
7. Rory Skinner (FS-3 Racing Kawasaki) 93
8. Lee Jackson (FS-3 Racing Kawasaki) 88
The bumper crowd - which was welcomed back to Thruxton for the first time since 2019 - were treated to plenty of thrills and spills throughout the support race programme too.
Cameron Dawson charged to a pair of victories in the HEL Performance British Junior Supersport Championship with Motocourse whilst Carter Brown starred in the Honda British Talent Cup.
The Molson Group British Sidecar Championship had a familiar feel to it as the Birchall duo bagged a brace. Zak Corderoy meanwhile narrowly triumphed in sole Pirelli National Junior Superstock Championship race.
Alex Olsen rode to a pair of wins in the Pirelli National Superstock Championship whilst the Quattro Group British Supersport & British GP2 Championships brought the curtain down on proceedings with wins going the way of Charlie Nesbitt and Kyle Smith.
Away from the track, spectators were able to get up close with the stars and bikes of the show in the paddock, as well as check out the sights of the trade village around the venue.
A full list of results can be found here
next race meeting
Thruxton’s final event of the 2021 season takes place on Saturday 28 - Sunday 29 August when the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship makes its second visit of the year. Advance discounted tickets are available to purchase now here