Another great weekend for Sheffield based GR Motosport. Stauff Connect Academy rider Tarran Mackenzie took his second successive Superstock 600 win just a fortnight after picking up his first; while Team WD-40 Superbike #44 Jack Kennedy took his first double points haul of the season.
With the confidence of two podiums and a lap record already under his belt 19 year old Tarran was really looking forward to Brands Hatch, his performance throughout practice and qualifying was stunning to take 2nd on the grid just 0.057 of Pole
Tarran made a great start to get away with the leaders where unfortunately Ben Currie made a better start and started to pull away while Taz was battling with 3rd 4th and 5th place riders. Tarran made the brake and set off after the leader again breaking the lap record to catch up. The lead then seemed to swap on just about every corner with Tarran making the decisive move on the last lap to win by just 0.047 of a second moving ever closer to the leader in the final championship placing.
Team WD-40 Superbike stars Jack Kennedy and Taylor Mackenzie had slightly different practice, qualifying and races. Jack is starting to understand the big ZX10 and throughout practice was settled into the top 10. Taylor after some overnight planning with his crew made a great jump in practice on Saturday too. Moving into qualifying it went wrong for Taylor very early on when a small mistake cost him dearly leaving him in 25th. Jack had a good run into Q2 where the times were again so close finishing 18th.
Race 1 both riders got away with the pack but unfortunately the gremlins struck Taylor again forcing him out his luck is due for a change. Jack fought hard to get into the points for the second time this season and set himself up for the second race Race 2 Jack made a tremendous start into a race long battle for top 10 and Taylor fought the whole way with factory riders Josh Waters and former Champion Kiyonari – with 2 laps to go Jack was in 9th and the last lap tussle just shuffled him into 12th for more points.
Jack leads the pack at Clearways
Jack Kennedy: “A solid weekend with good progress made and two points scoring finishes. I feel we are going in the right direction now and can keep building on this with the net traget of breaking into the top 10. Team WD-40 worked great over the weekend and I am really looking forward to the next round at Thruxton.. JK#44
Taylor Mackenzie: “I made a small mistake in qualifying losing the front at Druids meaning I had to start the race from 27th on the grid. Unfortunately my bike got too hot sat behind the saftey car in the first race and I had to pull in. Race 2 was a lot better and I spend the whole race with Josh Waters and Kiyo who are both former race winners and I was able to learn a lot from those guys, eventually coming home in 20th place. Not the position I want but I was glad to improve my riding and hopefully I can take to the next race at Thruxton in a couple of weeks…
Holly, Juan and Abbi wait for Taz to arrive on the front row of the grid.
Tarran Mackenzie: “So happy to get my second victory of the year! It was a very strong weekend for me and the Team as I finished in the top 2 of every session. The race came down to just me and Ben Currie and on the last lap I made the pass at the end of the back straight and defended to the line to take the win. I just can’t thank my team and sponsors enough, now I am really looking forward to Thruxton!”
Brent Gladwin: “Another great BSB weekend for GR Motosport’s Team WD-40 Superbike and the Stauff Connect Academy. All 3 riders did a fantastic job with Tarran wining again and both Jack and Taylor making significant progress on the Superbikes. I have to say I personally really enjoyed this weekend the best so far this season. The Team, our racing family became closer and the sponsors and their guests really enjoyed the atmosphere this creates. We seem to have hit a sweet spot in results over the last few weeks where including Josh and Taz we have won 7 British Championship races, 2 further podiums, and 2 lap records. Sam Atkinson took his Championship lead and more points in Superbike. The Press and PR exposure continues to grow worldwide, this Thursday evening at 8pm UK time on Motors TV you can watch Josh winning and experience his first TV interview something I am personally looking forward to.. Next race of the MCE British Superbike Championships is in just over a week’s time at the super fast Thruxton circuit near Andover and we hope to see you there!.
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