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Aussie duo conquer BSB Supersport at Knockhill


The Smiths (Gloucester) Racing Triumph team celebrated a double win in the Motorpoint British Supersport Championship protected by Datatag races at Knockhill last weekend as Glen Richards and Billy McConnell scored victories whilst title leader Jack Kennedy took podium finishes.

In the Sprint race Richards headed off Kennedy to take his third win of the season and clawed back vital points in his bid to regain the crown. The Aussie started his Smiths (Gloucester) Racing Triumph from pole and was never pushed down the order while behind Richards there was hectic position changing. McConnell ran second for the first four laps before losing out to the determined Seton Yamaha rider Sam Warren but Martrain Yamaha's Kennedy was closing before moving up to second over the final laps. McConnell took fourth place ahead of Oxford TAG Triumph's Richard Cooper and Luke Mossey while title contender Ben Wilson struggled on the Gearlink Kawasaki finishing eleventh.

In the Feature race McConnell took his second win of the season after a dog fight with team-mate and Sprint race winner Richards as the Smiths (Gloucester) Racing Triumphs locked out the top two on the podium. Richards took the lead on the first lap from Christian Iddon and McConnell with Warren on the Seton Tuning Yamaha chasing hard. Warren then high-sided spectacularly out of the race and was able to walk away but his hopes of closing the advantage in the standings were over.

McConnell then took the lead at the Hairpin on the eleventh lap with Richards instantly snatching the position back and the pair continues to duel for the win before McConnell took the lead again and then defended hard to hold off his team-mate. Championship leader Kennedy finished third to maintain his title lead with Ben Wilson claiming fifth place for Gearlink Kawasaki.

McConnell said: "I really went for it and it is a big credit to the team to put me up front. We made a change to give me a bit more corner speed so I was on it from the word go. I was really happy to get the win for myself and the team. Now I've got to keep winning races to pull back points on Jack."

Motorpoint British Supersport Championship protected by Datatag Sprint race result:
1. Glen Richards (Triumph)
2. Jack Kennedy (Yamaha) +1.002s
3. Sam Warren (Yamaha) +1.251s
4. Billy McConnell (Triumph) +1.592s
5. Richard Cooper (Triumph) +1.868s

Motorpoint British Supersport Championship protected by Datatag, Knockhill Feature race result:
1. Billy McConnell (Triumph)
2. Glen Richards (Triumph) +0.366s
3. Jack Kennedy (Yamaha) +6.841s
4. Ben Wilson (Kawasaki) +8.441s
5. Luke Mossey (Triumph) +10.534s

Motorpoint British Supersport Championship protected by Datatag standings after Knockhill:
1. Jack Kennedy (Yamaha) 182.5
2. Glen Richards (Triumph) 164
3. Billy McConnell (Triumph) 129
4. Sam Warren (Yamaha) 123
5. Ben Wilson (Kawasaki) 121


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