KENNAUGH WINS TO CLOSE GAP TO THREE POINTS
SPLITLATH Motorsport Aprilia's Hudson Kennaugh closed further in on the Mirror.co.uk BSB-Evo Championship after a stunning win at Oulton Park today.
The Derby-based South African made a daring last lap move on Steve Brogan to take the victory and close the BMW riders' lead to just three points.
After a day and a half of free practice, Kennaugh had remained close behind Brogan at the end of each session, and lined-up in second place alongside him for today's race.
Despite a quick getaway for Kennaugh's Aprilia RSV4 machine, it was Brogan who led the Evo challengers as the pair crossed the line at the end of the first lap. From there the two were never more than half a second apart, with Kennaugh trailing Brogan all the way.
At the start of the penultimate lap, Kennaugh made the move past, but Brogan was quick to take it back. However the Splitlath rider was not giving up, and remained right with him as they headed into the final lap separated by less than 500ths of a second.
As they headed towards the final corner, Kennaugh made the move up the inside, squeezing his distinctive black machine through and into the lead, crossing the line a few seconds later and taking his third win in as many rounds. He also set the fastest Evo lap of the 16-lap race.
"That was fantastic, it was definitely lastminute.com," he said. "It was a very close race, I tried to pass him a few times and I made a couple of mistakes myself, but thankfully I never lost much time.
"In the last lap he did lose a bit, but I'd sat behind him and played the waiting game and was always going to have a go on the last lap. I saw the chance there and went for it and it stuck. I knew he would be lining it up and I just had to go in and take it. That's what it was all about. What a brilliant race."
Team Principal John Dimbylow was this evening still recovering from the hard-fought race. "It was like being in the waiting room of the maternity wing," he laughed. "I was pacing up and down, almost not wanting to look.
"Hudson rode a brilliant race there and did everything he had to do. It means we go into tomorrow's final two races right behind him. Again we won the battle on the track, let's hope we can do the same tomorrow."
It wasn't such a good race for team-mate Chris Burns. The team had worked long into the night rebuilding his bike after the engine blew yesterday afternoon, but the Geordie was disappointed to retire on Lap Eight with a clutch problem.
-source: Splitlath Motorsport