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.