Iddon’s luck runs out in final round

WHEEL TO WHEEL: High Peak's Christian Iddon in action during the final round of the British Supersport Championship at Brands Hatch. Photo: Sam Farrington.
WHEEL TO WHEEL: High Peak's Christian Iddon in action during the final round of the British Supersport Championship at Brands Hatch. Photo: Sam Farrington.

HIGH Peak’s Christian Iddon was left disappointed after some bad luck at the final round of the British Supersport Championship.

Iddon and his Oxford TAG Triumph led both races at Brands Hatch, before being shuffled back to fourth in the sprint race and crashing out of the feature race.

The results saw the Hayfield rider secure a strong fourth place finish in the championship standings.

A disappointed Iddon said afterwards: “Obviously, it’s not the way I wanted to end the season. We could easily have come away from here with a pair of podiums or even two wins, but things didn’t go our way.”

Starting the sprint race from third on the grid, Iddon got away cleanly and slotted into second behind Billy McConnell. After a short safety car period, a frantic six-way battle ensued. The lead changed hands multiple times as Iddon, McConnell, Glen Richards and Jack Kennedy all battled for the win.

On the final lap it was the Smith’s Triumphs of McConnell and Richards who led but there was no love lost between them. Iddon sought to capitalize on some hard racing from the Aussie duo and took the lead into Clearways. However, he ran wide and had to ease off which allowed McConnell, Kennedy and Richards to squeeze past on the run to the line.

With the Supersport crown on the line, Sunday’s feature race was all set to be a thrilling affair. An early crash for Richards looked to have handed the title to Kennedy, but his Yamaha gave up after seven laps, thus handing the title back to Richards.

While all this was going on, the four Triumphs of Iddon, Cooper, McConnell and Luke Jones were pulling away at the front of the field. It was Jones who made the early running before he too slipped back. McConnell took up the reigns, with Iddon and Cooper sitting in behind.

With just two laps remaining, Iddon took the lead going into Hawthorn Bend. McConnell then fought back on the run towards Westfield. The pair touched, and Iddon speared straight on into the gravel. Unable to slow himself down, Iddon had to lay the bike down before hitting the tyre wall. Iddon was able to walk away unhurt, but his chances of adding to his win tally were over.