Team Renegade Ducati's Leon Haslam looked set to score a podium finish on his British Supersport debut at Silverstone this afternoon, until oil on the track forced officials to red flag the race with two laps left to run.

Starting from third place on the grid, after an impressive qualifying performance yesterday, the 'Pocket Rocket' was involved in the four-way fight for the race lead from the off. The leading quartet quickly pulled out a gap on the rest of the field as they swapped places on almost every lap, with Haslam looking menacing in fourth place. But just as the 19-year-old former GP rider started to close up on third placed Stuart Easton, he got baulked by a backmarker at the chicane and lost touch with the leaders.

Undeterred, Haslam got his head down and started to bridge the gap back to the leading trio, before running out of laps when the red flag brought the race to a premature end.

"Taking everything into consideration we've had a good weekend, but I was a bit disappointed to have missed out on a podium finish by so narrow a margin," commented Haslam. "I got caught up with a backmarker at the new chicane and lost a lot of ground on the leading trio, then got a bit too enthusiastic with the throttle trying to bridge the gap and lost even more time when I almost launched myself coming onto the start finish straight. I was starting to close up on Stuart Easton again, but then the race was red flagged and I had to settle for fourth place. We've learnt a lot about the bike here and I'm really looking forward to the next round at Snetterton."



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