The Smiths Triumph team's grip on the 2014 Motorpoint British Supersport Championship tightened at Donington Park this weekend with both Graeme Gowland and Billy McConnell continuing their excellent seasons with more podium finishes.
The pair qualified on the front row for Saturday's 'Sprint' race but conditions were far from ideal when the race got underway with the threat of rain never too far away. Northumberland rider Gowland immediately slotted into second position, as McConnell found himself back in sixth place after a first corner tussle.
As the race wore on, spots of rain began to fall and with both riders mindful of their championship standing, Gowland settled for third at the chequered flag with Australian ace McConnell working his way back up to a comfortable fourth.
Sunday's 'Feature' race was held in perfect, sunny conditions and whilst fellow Triumph rider Luke Mossey took a comfortable win, the battle for second went the entire race distance with McConnell and Gowland battling in a bunch throughout. There was never much between them all but in the closing stages, the podium places became a straight fight between the two factory-backed Smiths Triumph 675R machines. It was Gowland who held the upper hand and he ultimately prevailed with McConnell crossing the line less than two tenths of a second behind.
Going into the next round at Assen in Holland in two weeks' time, McConnell holds a one point lead over Gowland with nearest rival Alastair Seeley now 58 points adrift in third place.
Elsewhere in the British Supersport campaign three other Triumph riders took points from the weekend with Mossey’s teammate Luke Stapleford bringing his Profile racing Daytona 675R home seventh and fourth in the weekend’s two races. Behind Stapleford Luke Jones finished ninth and sixth aboard the T3 Racing’s Supersport Daytona 675R and Alex Olson won in the EVO class aboard T3 Racing’s EVO Daytona 675R.
National Superstock 600
In the National Superstock 600 race Alex Aulestia brought his Daytona 675R to the finish line in seventh, ahead of all other Triumph’s in the class, capping a strong weekend for the T3 Racing outfit.
TriStar R&G Triple Challenge
With two rounds remaining in the Triumph Triple Challenge Freddy Pett is looking like the rider to beat after another double win at Donington Park. He now leads the championship with a 50 point buffer with 100 points still up for grabs.
In the TriStar R&G Triple Challenge Cup Sam Thompson still maintains a dominiating position over the rest of the grid adding to this already impressive tally with a win at Donington Park. Terry Lewis who has enjoyed a strong run of second place finishes maintains the pressure on Thompson with 42.5 points between them.
British Supersport & National Superstock 600 – Assen – 21st September
TriStar R&G Triple Challenge – Silverstone – 5th October