Alastair Seeley third in title shake-up after Thruxton

#34 Alastair Seeley Mar-Train Yamaha British Supersport
#34 Alastair Seeley Mar-Train Yamaha British Supersport

Smiths Triumph rider Graeme Gowland is the new leader of the Motorpoint British Supersport Championship after coming out on top in Sunday’s thrilling feature race at Thruxton.

Gowland was involved in a ferocious five-way scrap at the front throughout the 18-lap race at the Hampshire circuit involving team-mate Billy McConnell, Mar-Train Racing’s Alastair Seeley, Luke Mossey (Techcare Profile Triumph) and Luke Jones (Premier Velocity Triumph).

Only 0.685s covered the top five at the finish, with Gowland taking a narrow victory from Mossey by 0.077s.

McConnell, who led on the final lap before dropping to third on the fast run to Club Chicane, clinched the last place on the rostrum ahead of Jones, with Ulsterman Seeley fifth.

“It was an enjoyable race and whilst I’m never happy to settle for anything less than a podium, the pace was hot – and not to make excuses – but I did suffer with a lack of grip in the closing stages,” Seeley said.

“We’re right back in the title hunt after the first half of the season and we can head to Oulton next weekend knowing that we’re in good shape. Thanks as always to the whole team for a big effort.”

Carrick’s Glenn Irwin finished seventh on the Gearlink Kawasaki, while David Allingham was second in the Evo class and 13th overall on the IN Competition Racing Yamaha.

Seeley won Saturday’s Sprint race to move to the top of the points table by two points from McConnell ahead of Sunday’s second race before the championship positions changed again following another sizzling encounter.

In the MCE British Superbike class, Milwaukee Yamaha’s Josh Brookes did the double, winning race one by 4.306s from Shane Byrne on the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki with Buildbase BMW’s Ryuichi Kiyonari third.

Brookes had to work harder in race two but still prevailed after a duel with Byrne to complete his brace by 0.204s with Kiyonari again third.

PR Kawasaki’s Keith Farmer finished 14th in race one.