Iddon posts best finish of the year at Thruxton

Christian Iddon. Photo: Marty Hill.
Christian Iddon. Photo: Marty Hill.

CHRISTIAN Iddon’s season in the Fuchs British Supersport Championship is gathering speed after posting his best result of the year.

Following 15th and 14th-place finishes in the previous round at Croft in North Yorkshire, which saw him pick up three championship points, his first of the season, 26-year-old Iddon, from Little Hayfield, headed to Thruxton for round four, to tackle the fastest circuit on the calendar.

After the two practice sessions, the ten-time British Supermoto Champion was well-placed within the top 15. All the lap-times were close, with the top 20 riders covered by only two seconds.

Qualifying saw Iddon finish ninth, just under a second off pole, with his team-mates sitting first and third for the opening sprint race. Iddon made a good start and was in the leading group before the top five opened up a gap on the high-speed track. With the 12-lap race coming to an end, Iddon went on to post his best result of the year with a much-deserved seventh place, just behind team-mate Young. Completing a great race for the team, Billy McConnell snatched the win on the last corner.

For the feature race, Iddon started seventh. The race was a wet affair, although surprisingly the circuit remained very grippy.

Iddon made a safe start with a lot of surface water creating a lot of spray, and as the pack settled down Iddon found himself in a battle with McConnell and experienced former Supersport champion Steve Plater.

With McConnell making a break, Iddon and Plater were left to battle for sixth position.

Sadly, the race ended in the worse possible way as Plater, exiting the 100mph Church corner, went for a pass up the inside of Iddon, lost the rear end of his bike high and clipped the helpless Hayfield rider.

With another rider crashing further up the track, the red flags brought an end to the race. Iddon was lucky to emerge unharmed from the crash, which left Plater with a broken arm.

Speaking after the race, Iddon said: “I’m disappointed to not finish what would have been my best finish of the season. I felt this weekend we turned a corner after the tough few opening rounds. I was unfortunate to be taken down by Steve but that’s how racing goes and he is one of the most experienced riders. I would like to wish him a speedy recovery.

“I would have liked to come away with more points, but hopefully we can build on this and move up the championship from 20th where I currently stand.”

Round five of the Fuchs British Supersport Championship takes place at Knockhill in Scotland on June 17-19.

Marty Hill