Double podium joy for Tarran Mackenzie at Snetterton

Snetterton Taylor Mackenzie

Lexelle-sponsored Tarran Mackenzie was inches away from the perfect weekend at Snetterton in round five of the BSB Championship.

It was a 1-2 for the talented Scottish rider who notched up more points in the Supersport 600 class and is now just a few points off the championship lead.

Tarran claimed pole position then led off the line on Saturday’s sprint race but was eventually hunted down by the 2015 Supersport 600 Champion, Luke Stapleford.

He tried everything but had to settle for second at the chequered flag as Luke opened up a gap in the closing laps.

Snetterton Tarran Mackenzie

It was a different story in Sunday’s longer feature race where Tarran ended up taking his second victory of the season by just over one second.

Another close battle developed with Stapleford but Tarran managed to break when Luke made a mistake mid way through the race and took first place.

Snetterton Taylor Mackenzie

“My weekend wasn’t far from perfect,” Tarran said.

“Qualifying on pole with a second place finish in the Sprint race and a first place in the Feature race, I can’t ask for much more.

“I jumped from 4th to 2nd in the Championship and I’m now only 4 points off the lead. It’s the ultra fast Thruxton circuit next, which I love, so I’m looking forward to getting back on my Stauff Connect ZX6 Kawasaki in two weeks time.”

His brother Taylor was fastest in Sunday’s morning warm up practice and also made a good start slotting into second position at the first corner of the Superstock 100 race.

Snetterton Taylor Mackenzie

Unfortunately, last year’s championship winner Joshua Elliot, crashed into him at turn two and took him out of the race. He was unhurt but it was an unfortunate end to the weekend as another Superstock 1000 victory was easily achievable.

“Obviously I’m pretty disappointed with getting taken out on the first lap as I was confident I had the pace to win at Snetterton,” Taylor said.

Snetterton Taylor Mackenzie

“Unfortunately it wasn’t to be but I’m looking forward to getting back to my winning ways with Buildbase BMW at Thruxton.”