Iddon finishes strong

Christian Iddon. Photo: Glynne Lewis.
Christian Iddon. Photo: Glynne Lewis.

LITTLE Hayfield’s Christian Iddon has stated his title ambitions for 2012 after a strong finish to the Fuchs Silkoline British Supersport Championship in his first full season in road racing.

Speaking after the season finale at Brands Hatch, Iddon said he was pleased with his performances over the course of the season, despite the obvious disappointment at not taking a race win.

“After the tough start to the season which saw me encounter a number of mechanical issues I knew it wouldn’t be easy to make my way up the championship,” he said. “It was great to take my first podium at Knockhill and the last five rounds were pretty good.

“The Oxford Tag Triumph team have been fantastic and have supported me all the way. We are hoping to remain in the championship for 2012 and challenge for the title.”

Iddon went into the season finale brimming with confidence after a run of impressive results which had seen him jump up the championship standings.

The first of the three races was the cancelled race from Oulton Park. From 11th position on the grid, Iddon finished fourth, just half a second behind third-placed McConnell. Ashbourne’s Sam Warren took second, behind eventual winner Ben Wilson.

Overnight rain left the track damp for the start of race two, with Iddon starting from sixth on the grid. He looked set for fourth place and solid points, but Sam Warren crashed out from third place, with two laps remaining, to gift Iddon a podium finish, finishing two-and-a-half seconds behind winner Jack Kennedy.

Iddon’s fastest lap from the race secured him his debut pole for the third and final race, but a stuttering start saw him pushed back into fifth position. He fought back to repass McConnell, but was unable to gain any more ground and crossed the line in fourth place.

Iddon’s impressive run of results over the past five rounds (11 races) - of one no score, followed by ten top-six placings with four podiums - was only bettered by champion Seeley and second-placed Wilson. Iddon ended the season tied for fifth with Warren.

Marty Hill