Leon Haslam completed his first double win of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship season at Oulton Park, successfully holding off an attack from Jason O’Halloran in the second Bennetts British Superbike Championship race of the day in Cheshire.
At the start of the race Jake Dixon had taken the initial advantage, launching the RAF Regular & Reserves Kawasaki into the lead ahead of Bradley Ray, Glenn Irwin and Leon Haslam.
As Haslam moved into third, O’Halloran was also pushing hard and he moved into fourth, but the Honda Racing contender was eyeing a move on his JG Speedfit Kawasaki rival and made a dive down the inside into Old Hall on the third lap.
Ray was soon the next target for O’Halloran and the Australian moved into second at Lodge a lap later and then a move on Dixon put him into the lead with Haslam pushing to follow in his wheel tracks.
On lap seven Haslam had moved into second with a lunge down the inside into Lodge corner to push Dixon back into third place and then hunt down O’Halloran ahead of him. The leading pack of six riders was rounded out by defending champion Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne and he was soon ahead of Ray and pushing his Be Wiser Ducati team-mate.
At the front the leading pair had edged a gap on the field and Haslam finally was able to make a move on O’Halloran that stuck on lap 12 and despite the best efforts from O’Halloran, he was forced to settle for second after the drag to the line.
Dixon had held off Byrne on the final lap to claim a double podium finish and push himself up the standings into the top six ahead of the team’s home round at Snetterton next time out, with Irwin completing the top five.
Josh Brookes had managed to snatch sixth place away from Ray on the final lap with Danny Buchan, Richard Cooper and Tommy Bridewell completing the top ten. The returning Ryuichi Kiyonari finished in 15th place.
Bennetts British Superbike Championship, Oulton Park, Race two result:
Leon Haslam (JG Speedfit Kawasaki)
Jason O’Halloran (Honda Racing) +0.086s
Jake Dixon (RAF Regular & Reserves Kawasaki) +2.923s
Shane Byrne (Be Wiser Ducati) +3.235s
Glenn Irwin (Be Wiser Ducati) +9.952s
Josh Brookes (McAMS Yamaha) +10.963s
Bradley Ray (Buildbase Suzuki) +11.532s
Danny Buchan (FS-3 Racing Kawasaki) +11.582s
Richard Cooper (Buildbase Suzuki) +14.938s
Tommy Bridewell (Movuno.com Halsall Racing Suzuki) +14.938s
Bennetts British Superbike Championship standings after Oulton Park:
Leon Haslam (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) 115
Bradley Ray (Buildbase Suzuki) 101
Shane Byrne (Be Wiser Ducati) 98
Jason O’Halloran (Honda Racing) 63
Glenn Irwin (Be Wiser Ducati) 59
Jake Dixon (RAF Regular & Reserves Kawasaki) 55