Donington Park Grand Prix: O’Halloran hit by tough Showdown opener

Jason O'Halloran has dropped down to fifth in the MCE British Superbike Showdown standings after being pushed off in race two at Donington Park.
Jason O'Halloran has dropped down to fifth in the MCE British Superbike Showdown standings after being pushed off in race two at Donington Park to chalk up just his second DNF of the year.

The Honda Racing rider has produced unrelenting consistency over the first half of the season which saw him secure his Showdown spot with a round to spare.

But in the first round of the season finale O'Halloran ended it in the gravel after being punted wide in an accident with JG Speedfit Kawasaki's Peter Hickman.

Despite it being only his second retirement of the year – the first coming from a mechanical breakdown in race three at Oulton Park – O'Halloran has been shuffled down to fifth as his team-mate Dan Linfoot and James Ellison leapfrogged him in the standings.

“Unfortunately I got taken out in the second race on the first lap. The Showdown system is great but it's really hurt us today,” O'Halloran said. “I've been third in the championship for half the year but because of today I'm back down to fifth."

The opening race of the Showdown ended brightly for the Australian who was able to reel in Ellison over the closing laps to take the final step on the podium behind title contenders Shane Byrne and Leon Haslam.

“I'm really happy with the first race as we got the podium coming from a long way back on the grid,” he said. “I felt like we had good pace, I felt comfortable and thought we could have a better race in race two.

“It's going to be tough now but we're just going to have to put our head down and see what we can do in the next one.”

O'Halloran trails third place rider Linfoot by 11 points, while being six points off Ellison who splits the Honda pair, as BSB travels to Assen for the second round of the Showdown.
by Haydn Cobb

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Jason O`Halloran, Honda Racing [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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