BSB Brands Finale: Kennedy claims rain hit BSS pole
Phil wain |
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Championship leader Jack Kennedy claimed pole position for this afternoon’s Quattro Group British Supersport / GP2 Sprint race with HEL Performance / Bournemouth Kawasaki rider more than half a second ahead of Jamie Perrin and Bradley Perie.
With raindrops all around the Kent site, it was Perie who set the initial pace on the Appleyard / Macadam Yamaha, some 2.2 seconds ahead of Currie with Mason Law (Spirit Motocorsa) and Scott Swann (IFS Racing Yamaha) on his heels but the conditions were clearly visible in the lap times which were seven seconds slower than Friday’s times.
As the session progressed, the pace picked up with Perie the first to go under 1’35 with a lap of 1’34.867 placing him two tenths of a second ahead of Eunan McGlinchey (Gearlink Kawasaki) with Law in third.
The title favorite Kennedy then increased the bet to go faster only for Perie to react with the first 1’33 of the session. However, the rain was now gone, for the time being, and the weather was falling all the time.
Indeed, this was seen after ten minutes when Perie’s teammate, Rhys Irwin, took the lead with a 1’32.192, a time quickly improved by Kennedy then Perie, the latter now in the 1 ‘ 30.
With 15 minutes to go, it was Kennedy who was in the lead, the Kawasaki man’s time of 1’29.773 giving him a slim 0.031 second lead over Perie with Perrin in third and first rider in GP2.
Kennedy then extended his advantage with the first round under 1’29 of the session, 1’28.895, and halfway through the running order was Kennedy, Perrin, Perie, Irwin, Josh Day and Ben Currie, the latter the only man who can deny Kennedy the title.
The rain then returned which saw all the riders return to the pit lane and with only limited activity on the track after that the positions remained the same with Lee Johnston, Law, Charlie Nesbitt and Danny Webb completing the top 10 .
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