Donington BSB: Kennedy dominates second Supersport race
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Jack Kennedy topped the Quattro British Supersport / GP2 Feature race at Donington Park on Sunday afternoon, with the HEL Performance / Bournemouth Kawasaki rider coming home more than four seconds ahead of Mason Law’s lead GP2 machine (Spirit Motocorsa).
Ben Currie (Gearlink Kawasaki) finished second behind Kennedy in the Supersport class to keep his title hopes alive but Lee Johnston and Bradley Perie did not, the latter dropping them both on the last lap.
Saturday’s race winner Johnston (Ashcourt Racing Yamaha) dropped the lights and led the field in Redgate but Kennedy was soon in the lead and it was the Kawasaki man who was in the lead at the end of the first tower. Johnston placed second ahead of Law on the lead machine in GP2, Currie, Perie and Dan Jones.
Kennedy was really putting the hammer ahead of the pack and his lead was an impressive 2.5 seconds after just two laps, Johnston continuing to hold on to second place with Currie now third after overhauling Law.
The gap extended to four seconds next time around and it was now Law in second place ahead of Perie (Appleyard Macadam Yamaha) as Johnston returned to eighth place with patches of rain starting to fall in all sectors.
Kennedy didn’t seem to be put off and maintained his four-second lead in the fourth round with Law and Perie in third and fourth. Currie remained fourth as Johnston regrouped to move up to seventh, but Sam Munro was out after falling to McLeans.
Law reduced Kennedy’s lead slightly in the fifth round, but only three-tenths of a second and Currie moved up to third as Perie moved up to fifth, with Charlie Nesbitt also finding a way to pass. Former Moto3 GP rider Danny Webb held a solid sixth place on the Dynavolt Triumph as the rain spots disappeared.
Halfway through the race, Kennedy continued to control the proceedings and led Law by 3.4 seconds with Currie just behind the GP2 man while Johnston was back in fourth place ahead of Perie and Webb. Nesbitt had fallen back to seventh after a moment as the Esses approached saw him take the ramp from RS Racing Kalex.
In the second half of the race, Kennedy was able to roll on his signals and although Law reduced the deficit slightly, the Dubliner had everything under control and extended it to 4.2 seconds at the checkered flag to claim his sixth victory. of the season which increased its championship lead to 34 points with just two races remaining.
Law took second overall and with it the maximum of 25 points in the GP2 class, but there was drama further when Perie hit Johnston and the pair crashed. This meant that Currie and Dutchman Jamie van Sikkelerus completed the Supersport podium, finishing third and fifth overall in the race, ahead of teammates Triumph Webb and Brandon Paasch.
Nesbitt and Jones joined Law on the GP2 podium.