BRITISH Supersport rider Christian Iddon kept his cool to secure a podium finish as round five of the championship headed to Scotland.
Iddon made the long trip north to the Circuit of Knockhill for Round Five of the MCE British Superbike Championship, riding the Oxford Tag Triumph in the Fuchs British Supersport Championship.
The 26-year-old was looking to put the disappointment of the previous round at Thruxton behind him, when he was robbed of his best finish after getting brought off by the wayward machine of Steve Plater.
An electrical problem with the Triumph left Iddon in 20th place going into the qualifying session for the sprint race. Having lost vital track time, the team experimented with the set-up and eventually had to settle for 15th place on the grid for the opening race.
Iddon made a good start in wet conditions, but this was ruined when team-mate Billy McConnell forced his way past, running him wide and costing him three places. By mid-race Iddon was making ground back to McConnell, but was unable to make a move to finish the race in tenth. His late charge, however, saw him post one of the fastest times of the race to line-up fifth on the grid for Sunday’s feature race.
Sunday morning’s warm-up session saw the first dry session of the weekend, and with no data to use Iddon’s mechanics had to gamble on a set-up and managed only 11th, with the bike relatively slow through the speed traps.
The drama didn’t stop there as, on the warm-up lap, Ashbourne’s Sam Warren, a former rival of Iddon from his supermoto days, had a huge crash in front of him after running onto the white lines on the edge of the track, leaving Warren unable to start the race from pole position. This played into Christian’s hands, leaving him a clear track from fifth on the grid.
A great start saw Iddon move up to third by the end of the first lap, after which he ran a quiet race, keeping a steady gap back to the rider in fourth, to secure his best result and his first podium in Supersport.
Speaking after the race, Iddon said: “I’m made up to finally finish on the podium, it’s a huge monkey off my back as I’ve shown I can run the pace of the top boys but the bad luck put pay to getting the right results.
“It’s been a really tough weekend as we struggled with the electrical problem, but as ever the team never let their heads drop and always worked to their best and I’ve now been able to repay all their work. Hopefully now we can build on this and push on for the rest of the season and push for my first win.”
l Christian and the Oxford Tag Triumph team were in action at the one-off Race of The Year Meeting at Mallory Park. Damp weather saw Iddon revel in the conditions, narrowly missing out on pole position.
Starting the race from third, Iddon made a good start, hot on the heals of John Ingram on the 1000cc machine. But Ingram suffered a huge high side and Iddon was brought off the bike after being unable to avoid him.