HISTORY was made on Saturday as High Peak’s Christian Iddon took his maiden win in the first ever British Supersport race outside of the British Isles.
The Oxford TAG triumph rider, from Hayfield, came out on top in a thrilling sprint race at Assen to claim his first victory in the series since making his British Supersport debut two years ago.
Another spectacular race on Sunday saw Iddon come just 0.1 seconds away from taking a Dutch double.
A jubilant Iddon said afterwards the victory was a dream come true: “It’s been a great weekend for the Oxford TAG Triumph team. That first win has been a long time coming, but it feels great to finally stand on the top step of that podium.”
Iddon shrugged off the suspension issue he struggled with during Friday’s practice to qualify third fastest for the sprint race.
He made a good start on Saturday, quickly passing surprise front-row man David Paton. Then a slight mistake on lap two allowed pole-sitter Luke Mossey to gap Iddon by around a second.
Closely followed by team-mate Richard Cooper, Iddon gradually reeled Mossey in and by lap five the front three were back together. Iddon then took the lead and, after a brief exchange of passes, began to build an advantage of his own.
Going into the final lap, Iddon had a lead of 0.3 seconds but it was a late-charging Jack Kennedy who had now assumed second position. Kennedy continued to close on Iddon as the corners counted down. He chanced his arm through the fast right-hander, turn 12, but Iddon held firm.
That saw Kennedy lose momentum on the run into the final chicane and it was Iddon who took the chequered flag, securing a magnificent victory.
A six-rider group pulled clear early on in Sunday’s feature race. Championship contenders Jack Kennedy and Glen Richards, American PJ Jacobsen, local rider Raymond Schouten, and the Oxford TAG duo of Iddon and Cooper. It was Kennedy who made the early running, until he crashed out on lap six.
Schouten then took up the reigns, but as the race neared its conclusion it was Iddon and Jacobsen who came to the fore. Jacobsen led as Iddon looked for a way past.
He had to wait until the final run into the chicane. He showed his Oxford TAG Triumph up the inside of the American. Jacobsen ran wide and Iddon saw his chance. Unfortunately, he just lost out in the sprint to the line, by a mere 0.1 seconds.
“I thought I had the second race too, but it wasn’t to be,” added Iddon. “It was another fantastic race, with lots of good, hard racing. I think there is a lot of mutual respect for each other, so we can go out there a produce some really great, entertaining races. I just hope all the fans enjoy it as much as I do.”