Alastair Seeley puts down British Supersport marker

Alastair Seeley on the Mar-Train Yamaha at Brands Hatch
Alastair Seeley on the Mar-Train Yamaha at Brands Hatch

Mar-Train Racing’s Alastair Seeley began his bid to reclaim the British Supersport title for the Northern Ireland team on a high as the Carrick rider hit back to win the second race at Brands Hatch on Easter Monday.

Seeley was a commanding winner on the Yamaha R6 as he took the victory from Smiths Triumph riders Graeme Gowland and Billy McConnell, crossing the line with almost three seconds in hand after 20 laps of the 1.2-mile Indy circuit.

Conditions were dry and bright compared to Sunday’s damp Sprint race, which was won by Glenn Irwin on the Gearlink Kawasaki, who was celebrating his maiden success in the class.

Irwin started from pole position in Monday’s race and although he was involved at the front in the opening stages, he was unable to run with the leaders and fell back, eventually finishing in a solid fifth position on a promising weekend for the Carrick rider.

Seeley, who came through from the fifth row of the grid in Sunday’s race to finish on the rostrum against the odds in third position, said: “Yesterday didn’t go to plan but we knew that in the dry weather our pace was good. The Mar-Train Yamaha is working really well and we’ve got a good set-up.

“The race was just like a typical Supersport race, it was hectic from the word go and I could see Billy [McConnell] and Graeme [Gowland] rubbing fairings.

“Every time I was able to get alongside them but they were really good on the brakes and I just decided that if I was going to get past I’d have to let the brakes off,” he added.

“I managed to get to the front pretty quick and put the laps in because I knew we could do consistent laps and it’s turned into a really good weekend for us.”

Seeley, who previously won the British Supersport title in 2011, heads the championship after the opening round on 41 points with Irwin five points behind in second place and Luke Jones third with 30 points.

Mar-Train team principal Tim Martin said: “Yesterday Alastair and the team did a great job to pull off a podium, but today he showed all his class to take the win on the Mar-Train Yamaha.

“It’s a very encouraging start for us as the reigning British Supersport champions with a new rider and proves how well Alastair has gelled with the R6 Yamaha and the whole Mar-Train Racing crew.”