Round one of the 2021 Bennetts British Superbike championship belonged to McAMS Yamaha rider Jason O’Halloran as he clinched an Oulton Park hat-trick. 

After taking victory in Saturday’s opening race with an overtake four laps from the end, O’Halloran left it to the final tour to beat Christian Iddon on both occasions in race two and three.

The first of those saw O’Halloran pounce at the final corner, while race three of the weekend saw him make the move at turn one as Iddon had no answer. 

The Ducati rider was tantalisingly close to taking victory in all three races - finished less than a second back in all of them, after leading the most laps over the weekend. 

Still, it’s by far Iddon’s best start to a season as he claimed another two second places on Sunday - bringing his tally to three overall. 

After a crash in race two, Tommy Bridewell returned to the rostrum with third in race three after battling through from 11th, while Peter Hickman was the rider able to take advantage of Bridewell’s DNF to secure a race two podium for FHO Racing BMW. 

As was the case in race one, Hickman ran with the front group until the final few laps of race three before falling back.

It was instead Tarran Mackenzie who managed to make it a four-way battle for the podium until the end however, the Scottish rider was unable to respond when Bridewell got ahead of him with three laps to spare. 

One of the championship hopeful’s Bradley Ray, got off to a disappointing start as mechanical issues brought two of his races to a premature finish. The former Suzuki rider did manage to claim fifth in race two though. 

Defending series champion Josh Brookes had a less than stellar weekend by his standards as he claimed a tenth, seventh and sixth place finish across the three races. 

Round two gets underway in just under two weeks time at Knockhill, Scotland.