Brands Hatch brings first podium of season

PODIUM: High Peak rider Christian Iddon in action during round seven of the British Supersport Championship. Photo: Sam Farrington.
PODIUM: High Peak rider Christian Iddon in action during round seven of the British Supersport Championship. Photo: Sam Farrington.
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HIGH PEAK’S Christian Iddon secured a first podium of the season for the Oxford TAG Triumph squad as Brands Hatch hosted round seven of the British Supersport Championship.

Iddon was able to translate his impressive pace, which has been apparent for much of the year, into a third-place finish in the sprint race, before following that with a strong fourth place in the feature race.

“It has been a good weekend for me,” commented Iddon afterwards.

“The Oxford TAG Triumph has been going really well again this weekend and we were able to get the podium which had been eluding us. Brands Hatch isn’t one of my favourite circuits but I have had a third and three fourths here this year.”

After setting the third best time in free practice, Iddon qualified sixth on the grid for the sprint race. A red flag, with eight minutes remaining, disrupted the qualifying session and meant that Iddon was unable to get a clear lap on his new tyres.

A solid start saw Iddon climb to fifth early in the ten-lap sprint race. A four-way battle for third soon developed between the Triumphs of Billy McConnell, Luke Mossey, Iddon and Luke Jones, as the championship leaders Jack Kennedy and Glen Richards pulled away at the front. Nothing could separate the four, and as they started the final lap Iddon sat in fifth behind McConnell and Mossey.

He was therefore perfectly placed to take advantage as the pair clashed going into Westfield. As Mossey tried to squeeze up the inside of his team-mate McConnell, the pair touched; causing both to run wide. Iddon sailed through into third and was then able to hold off Jones, to claim a well-deserved podium.

In the feature race, Iddon fought his way past Ben Wilson and McConnell to move into third place. He then set about reeling in the lead duo, Richards and Kennedy. By lap six he had bridged the gap and turned it into a leading trio. However, on lap eight a crash involving Luke Jones brought out the red flags.

The race was restarted over just six laps. Iddon got off the line well and made the early running in third. He was then pushed back to fourth when McConnell forced his way through at the Graham Hill bend on lap five.

The move disrupted Iddon’s rhythm and allowed the front two to pull out a slight advantage.

Iddon was unable to get the better of McConnell in the remaining lap and a half, having to settle for his third fourth-place finish of the season.

Iddon added: “Hopefully this weekend can provide the foundations for a strong second half of the year. We have got five weeks until the next round at Cadwell Park, so it is good to go into the break on a positive note.

“I really enjoy riding at Cadwell and the Oxford TAG Triumph worked well there last year so we will be looking to fight for more podiums.”