Highs and lows for Iddon

Christian Iddon in action at Brands Hatch. Photo: Glynne Lewis.
Christian Iddon in action at Brands Hatch. Photo: Glynne Lewis.

Little Hayfield’s Christian Iddon continued his progress in the Fuchs Silkolene British Supersport Championship.

Aboard the Oxford Tag Triumph at his home circuit of Oulton Park in Cheshire for round seven, Iddon ended qualifying in seventh place.

After a hectic start to the sprint race, Iddon passed Jimmy Hill to take ninth place. Despite being passed by championship leader Ben Wilson, on a charge on the Gearlink Kawasaki after a disastrous qualifying left him in 26th, and Lee Johnson, Iddon managed to fend off TT winner Gary Johnson to cross the line in 11th position.

Setting the 13th fastest time saw Iddon placed on the inside of row four for the feature race, however a massive weather system put paid to the meeting and the race will now be run as a triple header at the final round.

The championship moved to Brands Hatch for round eight, where limited track time on the full GP circuit saw Iddon qualify 18th for the sprint race.

The rider found himself at the back of a four-way battle for the final point-scoring place in 15th, but found a way past Rogers and Johnson, and was closing on Simpson in 15th, before taking the chequered flag in 16th.

Iddon’s lap time put him 13th on the grid for Sunday’s feature race. After the race was twice red-flagged due to crashes, Iddon restarted from tenth place, and was soon up to seventh behind team-mate Young.

After trading places with Ashbourne’s Sam Warren and the impressive Matt Whitman, Iddon went on to finish sixth after Jimmy Hill crashed out from third place.

After eight rounds, Iddon lies 15th in the championship on 54 points, just 12 points behind Gary Johnson in 12th. Round nine takes place on the August Bank Holiday weekend at Cadwell Park in Lincolnshire.

Marty Hill