Near-perfect weekend for Mackenzie brothers at Brands Hatch

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Brands Hatch saw Lexelle-sponsored riders Taylor and Tarran Mackenzie both extended their Championship leads heading into the home straight of the BSB season.

In the 600cc Superstock class Tarran tried a new clutch in practice but then reverted to the original for Saturday’s qualifying session where pushed hard for fourth place on the grid.

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There was an extra race on Saturday as the cancelled first round at Silverstone was re-run.

After taking the lead on the first lap, Tarran scrapped with four riders throughout, nipping back into the lead at the last corner on the final lap to take the victory.

His lap time was only the seventh best so he had to start from the third row for the second twelve-lap sprint race later in the day.

This time he got to second place on lap one and once again had a tough battle to grab the lead on the run up to the chequered flag.

Starting third on the grid for Sunday’s longer feature race he once again took the lead but crashed out coming on to the penultimate lap after being pushed wide at Sheene Curve. He suffered some cracked ribs but is otherwise ok.

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“Although I crashed out of my final race, winning two out of three at Brands Hatch and extending my championship lead wasn’t a bad weekend!” Tara said.

“I’m very sore but I’ll do everything possible be fit and ready for next time out at Cadwell.

“A huge thanks to everyone as always and I’m real sorry about the crash. I hope the Stauff Connect Academy Team are not too mad with me for wrecking my ZX6 Kawasaki…”

Brother Taylor’s weekend was less eventful and far more straight forward.

Practice went well with solid laps times and a second row start for Sunday’s race.

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After an excellent start Taylor took the lead on lap three and apart from a tussle with a back marker kept control throughout his fifteen lap race.

“Although I had the worst qualifying of the year I’m still pleased with our performance over the weekend,” Taylor said.

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“We worked hard on a solid race pace and after a good start my plan worked out perfectly.

“I was pushed hard by Ian Hutchinson but I always felt like I had something in reserve.

“I increased my championship lead to 28 points but we still have four rounds to go so I’m still focused on winning more races. Thanks as always to Buildsbase BMW and all my personal sponsors.”

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Dad Niall, a former BSB Champion added: “The perfect weekend still eludes us but we can’t complain as we are having a pretty amazing season.”

The next round is at Cadwell Park on 27-29 August.