Cadwell Park proved to be a frustrating Bank Holiday venue for Jack Kennedy and the Mar-Train Racing team who posted fourth and seventh place finishes in the two British Supersport outings. The Northern Ireland based team now hold second place in the championship standings behind Glen Richards.
It’s the first time the Dubliner has relinquished his championship lead since the opening day at Brands Hatch, but slipping 9.5 points ‘into the slipstream’ of his main championship rival is less than worrying for Kennedy, who is happy to let the Australian take the strain until the battle recommences at Donington Park in a fortnight’s time.
“Race one all was going well until Richards put me onto the grass and moved me back to fifth, but I was able to take over a second out of him and close the gap finishing fourth. The whole team is disappointed with race two after we got caught out with the wrong tyre choice. I managed to keep it upright and finish seventh. Second is not where we want to be, but I’m happy to let Glen lead the way until Donington where my aim will be to fix the situation.”
Taylor Mackenzie scored points for the fourth consecutive meeting and is also looking forward to Donington Park for round nine of the series.
“I had one of my best weekends to date, even though the results didn’t show it. We made massive improvements with the bike over the weekend and I think we can keep moving forward for the last few races. I’d like to thank Andy, Stuart and Tim for working hard with me over the weekend.”
Tim Martin – Team Principal:
“It was a bad weekend for us but certainly not a disaster. Yes it was frustrating to know that we had the set-up to win the opening race and our second row grid position maybe didn’t help, as it’s so hard to pass around Cadwell. Jack did get ‘duffed up’ a bit by Glen, but only he can sort that out, and in fairness he did well to get back to fourth.
“The second race debacle, where we ended up with the wrong tyre choice, was not helped by the layout of the Cadwell Park circuit. Taking four sets of wheels, generators and all the other bits and pieces down that hill is not an easy job, especially in wet weather on a drying track. Basically once we knew we needed a dry rear it was too late, as we could never have got back across the circuit to retrieve it. What is more frustrating was that it wouldn’t have been a problem at any other circuit.
“Yes we made a small mistake, but that can happen to any team. Everyone worked well again this weekend, so we’re not going to dwell on it. The championship is still very much there to be won and in hindsight, it’s maybe better to let Glen share a little bit of the pressure for a change.”
British Supersport Championship
Glen Richards [Triumph] 275pts
Jack Kennedy [Mar-Train Yamaha] 265.5
Billy McConnell [Triumph] 228
Ben Wilson [Kawasaki] 185
Christian Iddon [Triumph] 154.5
Luke Mossey [Triumph] 141
Taylor Mackenzie [Mar-Train Yamaha] 19