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Ryde storms in to his 4th win of the season!
The 7th round of the 600cc British Superstock Championship has been taking place at the picturesque circuit of Oulton Park in Cheshire, this is the second visit to this circuit on the British Superbike Calendar, and Nottinghamshire racer Kyle Ryde was again in the thick of the action all weekend.
Ryde still celebrating from his previous weeks win at the Hampshire circuit of Thruxton, came to this undulating racing circuit chasing a back to back win against his fiercest rival Andy Reid from Northern Ireland and this was going to be no easy task, as the Ulsterman is known for his skill and hard riding tactics.
The weekend’s timetable was in the usual forma with free practise on Friday, followed by qualifying session 1 and then qualifying 2 was to be on Saturday morning now, due to the imminent arrival of the tropical storm of ‘Hurricane Bertha’ over the weekend, also the actual race was now scheduled for late Saturday afternoon as opposed to the Sunday afternoon slot. With Kyle topping the free practise leader board by 0.7th of a second over Reid. Qualifying was going to prove to be an explosion of testosterone between these two racing gladiators with Reid firing a warning shot to Kyle that he intends to regain the lead in the title stakes by putting in a record-breaking lap time of 1m 39.747s to take pole position aboard his FFX Yamaha. Kyle was well on Reid’s pace just 0.375s down on his Derbyshire based PacedayZ Trackdays Yamaha machine, Ex Supermoto racer Malachi Mitchell Thomas was to complete the front row of the grid for the afternoon’s race.
This race was going to be the Reid & Ryde show all over again, with Kyle taking an early lead, chased fiercely by Reid and the main pack of riders, Mackenzie, Anderson, Mitchell Thomas & ex motocross racer Mason Law. Kyle’s lead was short lived as Reid, fired up by his previous week’s crash, stormed in front to try to claw back some points in the championship stakes, but as half race distance arrived and going into the tight Shell corner at the far end of the circuit, Reid’s worst nightmare happened all over again and down he went! Kyle took control of the pack from here on and took the chequered flag ahead of Collier, Anderson, Mitchell Thomas and Law, with Mackenzie making up the top six places. This is Kyle’s 3rd win in a row, with previous wins at Brands Hatch & Thruxton circuits, which now places him 26 points ahead of second placed rider Andy Reid and Joe Coliier a further 4 points behind.
Kyle’s really fired up now for the next meeting, which is to be held at the Lincolnshire circuit of Cadwell Park, over the coming Bank Holiday weekend, hoping to again extend his lead even further to enhance his chances of taking yet another British Championship Title.
Photograph Courtesy of Double Red
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