On a rain-affected weekend at Donington Park, Stockport’s Christian Iddon kept his BSB Championship hopes alive with a brace of top-five finishes in the latest rounds of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship.
Torrential conditions scuppered any chance of the series even having a qualifying session, the grid for race one set from free practice times, and Iddon would line up in fourth position.
The weather delayed the race one start by 24 hours, meaning that for the first time in the championship’s history, there would be three races in one day.
Race one on a drying track saw the Visiontrack PBM Ducati rider claim second place on the opening lap and remained there until the chequered flag fell, his fourth in succession following a trio at Oulton Park in the previous round.
Some tyre gambles left the front end of the race two grid with some unusual names on it, and Iddon back in seventh place.
Losing a place on the opening lap, Iddon clawed his way back to finish sixth, lining up a fifth-place slot on the grid for the final encounter of the weekend.
The sun finally shone, and it began to set as the red lights went out on race three, a rollercoaster opening few laps for Iddon saw him climb to fourth by lap seven, and there he would stay until the flag.
Most importantly, the BSB race winner laid claim to second spot in the championship standings, giving him a more than fighting chance going in to the final three races of 2020.
Luxton extends National Superstock 600 lead
Elsewhere there was more success for Stockport’s Ben Luxton, the Pirelli National Superstock 600 rider claiming third place, extending his championship lead to 23 points with two races remaining.
Starting second on the grid, the JR Performance-Kawasaki rider led until three-quarter distance, slipping to third over the remaining laps.
Luxton said; “Starting the race from second, as the track started to dry out with a dry line forming we had to make a tyre decision on the grid just minutes before the race, I chose the wet option which was the safest.
“I got off to a great start leading the race for the first ten laps until unfortunately the track started to dry and being on wets was the wrong choice.
“I was able to finish third and happy to extend the Championship lead heading into the final round at Brands Hatch”.
The final round of the 2020 championship takes place at Brands Hatch in Kent over the weekend of the October 16-18 .