LITTLE Hayfield’s Christian Iddon continued to push for his first victory of the season as the British Superbike Championship rolled into Silverstone for Round 11.
The 26-year-old has been in outstanding form in the Fuchs Silkoline British Supersport, finishing the last five races within the top six.
After free practice Iddon and the Oxford Tag Triumph team had experimented with bike set-up and were rewarded with the fifth quickest time. Unfortunately, come qualifying for the Sprint Race, he would slip to ninth on the grid.
In the race Iddon made a steady start, holding ninth before making moves on Venter and Ashbourne’s Sam Warren. A mistake on lap three lost him fifth position, but he regrouped and was hot on the heals of Warren, with team-mates Young and McConnell behind.
With Warren able to open up a gap, Iddon would be put under pressure by Young for fifth. Championship leader Ben Wilson crashed out of the race with a lap to go to leave Iddon crossing the line fourth, just two tenths of a second ahead of Young.
The grid for race two saw Iddon line up in seventh, with Young on pole. The Feature race saw Iddon make a good start and slotted into fourth before losing a place to Alistair Seeley, who was looking to close the gap to Wilson in the championship.
Jack Kennedy retired to the pits on the second lap, elevating Iddon to fourth just behind Young, with Wilson and Seeley out in front.
By half race distance he was running fourth after slipping past Young, but unable to prevent Warren who was eager to score some solid points after a mixed few races. The luck wouldn’t change for Warren as a couple of laps later he was forced out of the running with mechanical issues.
Iddon was now in third with Wilson falling into his grasp after being unable to match the pace of leader Seeley, who had a lead of 2.5 seconds. It was looking like Iddon would have to make do with third but, in a cruel twist to throw Wilson’s championship lead into the hands of Seeley, the Gearlink Kawasaki rider would retire, moving Iddon into second.
The result moved Iddon into seventh place in the championship on 149 points, just one ahead of Jack Kennedy, with 14 points to Luke Mossey in sixth. With Wilson failing to finish either race his championship lead of 36 points over Seeley now sees him 14 points behind the Relentless by TAS Suzuki man.
Speaking after Silverstone, Iddon said “Another solid performance by myself and the team this weekend. We tried some extreme bike settings which helped the handling of the bike but left us with little grip at the rear, we were lucky to benefit from the misfortune of some of the riders but again we have showed that we can challenge at the front of the field in the race.
“I think I could have pushed for the win if I had qualified on the front row, but with the three races at the final round I’m confident of sneaking a race win.”
The finale to the championship is this coming weekend, October 7-9, which sees a triple header for the Fuchs Silkoline Supersport Class.