Switch hitch costs Iddon Knockhill podium spot

High Peak rider Christian Iddon in action during Round 5 of the British Supersport Championship. Photo: Sam Farrington/motomedia.co.uk.
High Peak rider Christian Iddon in action during Round 5 of the British Supersport Championship. Photo: Sam Farrington/motomedia.co.uk.

HIGH PEAK rider Christian Iddon was left ‘gutted’ after seeing his chances of a first British Supersport podium of the season slip away in the feature race at Knockhill.

Iddon, from Hayfield, finished seventh in the sprint race and was involved in a three-way battle for victory in the feature race until he caught the kill switch on his Oxford TAG Triumph.

Iddon, who had scored his first ever British Championship podium at Knockhill in 2011, was right on the pace from the outset. He ended Friday’s free practice sessions second and fifth fastest respectively.

The weather took a turn for the worse for qualifying and Iddon could only manage to qualify on row five, in 13th place.

In the spring race, Iddon got away from the line relatively well and climbed his way up to a strong seventh-place finish - just 2.7 seconds covered the first seven riders. He managed to record the fastest lap of the race which secured him pole position for Sunday’s feature race.

Eager to improve on his seventh place, Iddon held the lead until the hairpin, when Glen Richards forced his way through on the inside.

After another early safety car, Iddon lost out to former team-mate Billy McConnell, again on the brakes into the hairpin.

The pair of Smiths Triumphs began to pull away at the front, as Iddon consolidated his third position.

On lap 14, Iddon set a new lap record and made it a three-way battle for the lead. Unfortunately, Iddon’s chances of victory were short-lived when he accidentally flicked the kill switch, shutting down his Triumph. By the time he managed to get the bike going again, he was a lap down. He eventually finished 19th.

“I am absolutely gutted,” said Iddon. “I had just set a new lap record to get back up to the front two.

“The Oxford TAG triumph was feeling good and I thought that I had every chance of getting the victory.

“I struggled a little bit at the beginning because of the tyre choice we had made.

“I was confident that it would come good as we got further into the race. As you can see from the lap times; that is exactly what happened.

“After I had taken off the tear-off, I wanted to get my hand back on the bar as quickly as possible so that I didn’t lose any time, but I just flicked the kill-switch. I tried to get the bike started again but it wouldn’t start.

“The whole Oxford TAG Triumph team worked really hard all weekend, as they have done all year. We struggled with rear grip throughout the weekend but everyone knuckled down and got the bike almost perfect for race two.

“The bikes have been working really well and recording fastest laps in both races shows our current pace,” added Iddon, who is now joint-top of the Speedy Fastest Lap league.