Leon Haslam added to his winning tally to secure the second Bennetts British Superbike Championship win of the weekend at Silverstone, despite a clash with Bradley Ray who secured his place in the Showdown with one race to decide the final Title Fighter.
At the start of the race Ray again got off to a lightning start on the Buildbase Suzuki ahead of Jake Dixon and Tarran Mackenzie with Haslam and Josh Brookes next in line. Further down the order Glenn Irwin had a huge moment that put him further down the field on the leading Be Wiser Ducati and he had to climb his way back up the order.
By lap seven the lead had changed as Mackenzie again hit the front of the field at Copse on the McAMS Yamaha as he aimed to add to his debut podium finish yesterday. Ray then was under fire from Dixon and he made a move to move into second on lap 15, pushing the Buildbase Suzuki rider to third and in striking distance for Haslam.
A lap later and as Haslam went for a move on Ray the pair collided, sending Ray completely off line, rejoining in eighth and the championship leader was issued a drop of position penalty for the incident.
Dixon had pushed his way through to the lead with a move on Mackenzie at Brooklands and the leading quartet then duelled for the position as Dixon led Mackenzie, Haslam and Brookes.
Haslam was instantly back on the attack after completing his penalty and he recaptured the lead, but there was drama for Peter Hickman as the Smiths Racing BMW rider was sidelined with just three laps to go with a technical problem.
Hickman’s retirement has closed up the battle for the final place in the Showdown with now just eight points to Danny Buchan, who ended race two in 12th and eleven points to Christian Iddon who heroically finished in fifth despite his collarbone fracture.
The battle for the win was going down to the wire on the final lap but Dixon and Mackenzie both crashed out at Brooklands, handing the podium positions to Brookes and Glenn Irwin.
Jason O’Halloran secured a fourth place for Honda Racing but he crashed after crossing the line ahead of Iddon and Tommy Bridewell on the Moto Rapido Ducati. Gino Rea held seventh place for OMG Suzuki with Luke Mossey, Andrew Irwin and Richard Cooper completing the top ten.
Bennetts British Superbike Championship, Silverstone, Race 2 result:
Leon Haslam (JG Speedfit Kawasaki)
Josh Brookes (McAMS Yamaha) +1.472s
Glenn Irwin (Be Wiser Ducati) +1.863s
Jason O’Halloran (Honda Racing) +2.694s
Christian Iddon (Tyco BMW) +4.988s
Tommy Bridewell (Moto Rapido Ducati) +7.467s
Gino Rea (OMG Suzuki) +7.607s
Luke Mossey (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) +7.610s
Andrew Irwin (Be Wiser Ducati) +12.695s
Richard Copper (Buildbase Suzuki) +12.817s
Bennetts British Superbike Championship standings after Silverstone Race 2:
Leon Haslam (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) 380
Jake Dixon (RAF Regular & Reserves Kawasaki) 241
Glenn Irwin (Be Wiser Ducati) 223
Josh Brookes (McAMS Yamaha) 207
Bradley Ray (Buildbase Suzuki) 161
Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW) 134
Christian Iddon (Tyco BMW) 123
Jason O’Halloran (Honda Racing) 117