Podium double

Christian Iddon. Photo: Sam Farrington.
Christian Iddon. Photo: Sam Farrington.
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LITTLE Hayfield motorbike racer Christian Iddon produced his best results of the season as he took a double podium at Donington Park.

The Oxford Tag Triumph rider went into round ten of the Fuchs-Silkolene British Supersport Championship having narrowly missed out on a podium spot in the previous round at Cadwell Park, where the racing was overshadowed by the tragic death of 18-year-old rider Benjamin Gautrey.

Christian, 26, found himself at the top of the time-sheets after the opening free practice sessions but with strong wind in qualifying making riding difficult, he wasn’t able to match his earlier pace and qualified in eighth position.

He made a good start in the opening race and was soon in fifth place after passing Jimmy Hill and Jack Kennedy going into the Foggy Esses. A fellow rider pulling into the pits saw Iddon move into fourth hot on the heels of team-mate Paul Young, who he then passed, again at Foggy Esses, to take third.

In the second race, Iddon started from fifth position and moved into fourth by the end of the opening lap before passing both Young and Ben Wilson.

On lap seven, rain meant the race was red flagged but after the showers had passed, it was restarted as a seven lap dash with the riders taking their positions from when the flags had come out.

This meant Iddon was in second behind Alistair Seeley and the High Peak rider continued to put him under pressure until, after five laps, the race was again red flagged after a bike blew up down the back straight.

It was a frustrating second place for Iddon, who said: “I can’t thank my team enough, we have worked so hard after we struggled at the mid point of the season, but I have thought all year I could run at the front of the field.

“I was fairly happy with the opening race from my position on the grid, race two I knew I could fight for the win. I was devastated when the red flags come out in the restart as I could see Seeley was really trying hard to keep the lead and I knew I could make my move into Melbourne.

“With two rounds and five races to go I’m confident that I can run at the front for the rest of the season and hopefully take my first win.”

The results of the last two rounds see Christian jump up the championship standings into eighth position with 116 points.

Marty Hill