Solid start to 2018 for Honda Racing at Donington Park
The Honda Racing British Superbike team kicked off the 2018 season in fighting style today at Donington Park scoring a double points finish, with Dan Linfoot fourth and Jason O’Halloran seventh. The opening race of the 2018 Bennetts British Superbike Championship season took place this afternoon, having been brought forward due to weather conditions at the Leicestershire circuit.
With yesterday’s practice sessions affected by wet weather, today’s forecast saw dry but cold conditions at the 2.4873-mile circuit. Both Linfoot and O’Halloran started the day with positive times and wrapped up a shortened qualifying session sixth and ninth respectively, meaning a second row start for O’Halloran and a third row for Linfoot, ahead of the opening race.
Both Honda men charged their CBR1000RR Fireblades off the line as the lights went out and settled into good rhythms during the opening laps. Unfortunately The O’Show was run wide and lost momentum and some places, but soon got back into the leading pack catching his teammate up in the process.
With Fireblade paint being swapped during the closing stages of the 18-lap race, both Linfoot and O’Halloran wanted fourth place and went about trading places for the spot. Unfortunately for Aussie O’Halloran, a technical issue hampered his fight, as a broken gear lever in the final lap pushed him back to seventh place, while Linfoot crossed the line fourth.
Tomorrow’s second race will see the Honda duo line up on the grid with Linfoot fifth and O’Halloran hot on his heels in sixth place. The second race is scheduled to take place at 1630.
Donington Park Circuit Statistics
Pole Position: Left
Fastest Lap: Shane Byrne (2016 - 1:28.896)