Silverstone BSB: O’Halloran commands FP2 with record lap pace

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MCAMS Yamaha’s Jason O’Halloran kept control of Friday’s Bennetts British Superbike standings with a new lap record at Silverstone in FP2.

The Australian pulled off another late stunner to win the session with a 53.107, just over two-tenths of the previous National Tour record. Rich Energy OMG’s Kyle Ryde and FS-3 Kawasaki’s Lee Jackson completed the top three, with Leon Haslam and Tom Sykes missing out on promotion in Q2.

Friday’s final action began with O’Halloran’s ‘53.358 FP1 lap as the target time and the Superpicks 12 entry gate just half a second away as the 40-minute session kicked into gear.

Rory Skinner set the fastest initial time in FP2 as the FS-3 Kawasaki rider clocked a 53.4 in the opening minutes before OMG’s Bradley Ray improved overall with a 53.215. Liam Delves suffers his second technique of the day on the Rapid Kawasaki, this time at Brooklands.

Honda’s Takumi Takahashi moved into the top ten at the end of the first half, with Tommy Bridewell moving up to sixth on the Oxford Products Ducati, three tenths off the benchmark before improving again to take third square.

VisionTrack Kawasaki’s Leon Haslam was 17th at the halfway point, seven tenths off the absolute pace with Synetiq BMW’s Andrew Irwin and MCE Ducati’s Tom Sykes ahead. Ryde quickly takes second place, 0.081 seconds behind teammate Ray, to lock in the OMG Yamaha standings.

Christian Iddon was the moving man next time around as the Stockport rider continued to gel with the Buildbase Suzuki from fourth place. Barely a quarter of a second now covers the top seven, with nine tenths for Rapid Kawasaki’s Josh Owens in 24th.

FHO’s Peter Hickman was the top-12 keeper with 12 minutes left. Ducati’s Josh Brookes and the two Irwin brothers up front, with Ryan Vickers on the second FHO BMW the first adrift in 13th.

Dan Linfoot advanced on the iForce BMW to take eighth place, leaving Hickman out of action and Brookes in the danger zone, but the Aussie was quick to react, his 53.528 putting him ninth as the clock reached five to go.

Jackson and then Ryde rose to the top of the leaderboard as the pair refined the overall pace. Ryde topped the times in the closing minutes with a 53.147 before O’Halloran struck again, 0.04s ahead.

Improvement for Haslam found the champion back up to 14th in the penultimate minute, but he wanted enough. Late moves claiming seventh place for Vickers with Brookes consolidating his hold on Q2 four places behind.

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