Podium joy for Dan Linfoot and Honda Racing
Dan Linfoot kicked off Honda Racing’s 2018 Bennetts British Superbike Championship campaign in fine style today at Donington Park, placing his Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade on the podium finishing race two in third place. Teammate Jason O’Halloran added further points to his weekend tally crossing the line ninth.
With tricky conditions across the weekend and weather having disrupted the schedule, the second race got underway with blue skies and a dry track. Honda’s duo lined up on the grid with Linfoot fifth and O’Halloran sixth, but it was Linfoot who stormed into second place during the early stages.
Over the 18-lap race the Yorkshireman kept his CBR in podium contention and settled into a good rhythm at the Leicestershire circuit pulling away from the pack. Dropping to third mid-race, the 29-year old kept the podium clear in his sights and crossed the line 8.228 seconds ahead of fourth place. Linfoot’s results from the weekend see him third in the championship standings with 29 points.
Meanwhile it was a slightly frustrating race for teammate O’Halloran who struggled with feeling aboard his Fireblade. Crossing the line ninth The O’Show collected further valuable points and leaves the opening round eighth in the championship.
The team will now prepare the Fireblades for the second round, which takes place in ten days time at Brands Hatch (13-15 April).
Donington Park Circuit Statistics
Pole Position: Left
Fastest Lap: Shane Byrne (2016 - 1:28.896)