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Excellent weekend for Ray
Excellent weekend for Ray

Bradley Ray hit the top of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship standings, after a win and two second place finishes at the weekend.

Ray also closed the gap to Jason O’Halloran to two points in terms of podium credits as the showdown approaches.

When the action began in earnest on Saturday it was Brad Ray who shone as he set a scorching final sector to take a stunning Pole Position in the one-lap shootout with the fastest ever two-wheeled lap of Cadwell Park with a 1:25.457s effort.

The initial 12-lap sprint race on Sunday afternoon was red-flagged due to a nasty incident on the Mountain section involving four riders but thankfully with no serious injuries were sustained but an hour delay due to track contamination.

As the lights went out for the second time it was Brad Ray who got the hole shot and never looked back as he controlled the gap back to the chasing riders across through the race to take his fourth victory of the season and 5 valuable podium credits.

At the front, Brad charged down leader Danny Buchan but to no avail as the pair were evenly matched in the closing stages but happy with a second podium visit and more credits to his name.

It was as you were at the front as once again Buchan held off Ray for the win, but the Kent rider was delighted with another podium place and a big step forward in the race for the 2022 Bennetts British Superbike Championship crown.

Speaking after the weekend, Ray said: “It’s been a fantastic weekend with the race win on Saturday and two second places today; it would have been nice to take it to Danny today, but he had unbelievable pace so fair play to him. It’s not an easy track to race and there have been no other Yamahas on the podium so I’m super happy about that for me and the RICH Energy OMG Racing Yamaha team as we seem to have made the difference this weekend.

“It hasn’t been easy but it’s nice to close the gap on Jason on podium credits and good to be back in the championship lead. I’m looking forward to Snetterton with the Yamaha R1 and the package we have and to be fighting for more wins there.”

Images courtesy of Ian Hopgood Photography