Oulton Park: Haslam caps ‘perfect’ round with championship lead

Leon Haslam has called his triple victory round at Oulton Park the best race weekend of his career in the MCE British Superbike championship.
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Leon Haslam has called his triple victory round at Oulton Park the best race weekend of his career in MCE British Superbikes having taken the championship lead off Shane Byrne heading into the Showdown.

The JG Speedfit Kawasaki produced a flawless three races to take a hat-trick of wins to grab maximum podium points from the last round of the regular season.

Coupled with Byrne missing the podium in all three races Haslam takes a three point lead into the title battle along with the momentum of four consecutive wins counting back to his race two victory at Cadwell Park.

“It is fantastic. To nearly have the perfect weekend at Cadwell was a turning point and then to do the triple here is amazing,” Haslam said. “To get the podium credits lead and the championship lead heading into the Showdown is exactly what I was aiming for. The perfect weekend and my best weekend ever.

“It was quite hard in the last two races with the harder rear tyre it meant I had less grip than the others so I had to be very precise and smooth because we didn't quite have the drive off the corners but the consistency of the tyre was much better. I could be confident on that because there was no risk of the tyre ripping up which we've had in the past so it was a safe option but made it harder to go fast.”

Focusing on the three round Showdown Haslam is relishing the opportunity of maintaining his winning momentum at Donington Park, a circuit where he never finished lower than third in his first stint in BSB between 2005-2008 with the highlight of a double victory weekend in 2007.

“I think the Kawasaki should work well there and I'm looking forward to Donington Park but so should the Ducati so it will be a big battle.”

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Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, BSB [Credit:]
Andy Reid, Tyco BMW, [Credit: TAS Racing]
Jake Dixon, RAF Reserves Kawasaki [Credit: MSV BSB Media]
Jason O`Halloran, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Luke Mossey, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Peter Hickman, Smiths BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Tommy Bridewell, Team WD-40 Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Bradley Ray, Buildbase Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Sylvain Guintoli, Bennetts Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
James Ellison, McAMS Yamaha [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Dan Linfoot, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Alastair Seeley, Tyco BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Lee Jackson, Smiths Racing BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Haslam, Byrne, Mossey, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]

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