Tarran Mackenzie lands season’s first Supersport 600 victory at Knockhill

Tarran Mackenzie

Lexelle-sponsored Tarran Mackenzie continued his good early season form at Knockhill to secure his first victory of the season in the Supersport 600 class.

It was nearly a Mackenzie double as brother Taylor took the chequered flag in the Pirelli 1000 Superstock race but was later given a three-place penalty.

Taylor extended his lead at the top of the Championship but missed out on a fourth victory of the season.

Tarran’s weekend got off to a troublesome start when he missed all of qualifying with a clutch problem on his Stauff Connect Academy Kawasaki ZX6R.

This meant he had to start last on the grid for Saturday’s sprint race but blasted through to 8th setting the 5th fastest lap which secured him a second row start for Sunday’s feature event.

The second race was held in similar murky conditions but this proved no problem for Tarran as he led all of the 26 lap race.

Tarran Mackenzie

“I am over the moon to score my first victory in the Supersport 600 class,” he said.

“I’ve had the pace all year to win but had to be patient as bad luck has stepped in at the wrong time.

“I took my first win last year in the Superstock 600 class at Knockhill and went on to win lots more so I’m planning to do the same in the Dickies Supersport 600 class.

Tarran Mackenzie

“I also moved up to fourth place in the Championship and with 17 races still to go anything is possible.

“My next round is a Snetterton where I posted the fastest time at my recent test so I’m in good shape to fight for more wins when we arrive there in two weeks time. “

Taylor took his fifth consecutive pole position the the Pirelli Superstock 1000 class and went on to dominate his race.

Taylor Mackenzie

Unfortunately, he was given a three place penalty after an incident at the hairpin with Josh Elliot which meant he was demoted to fourth overall.

“I had fantastic weekend up in Scotland and felt as strong and as confident as ever on my Buildbase BMW,” Taylor said.

“Unfortunately I made pass on Josh Elliot that race direction decided was too close so I paid a price.

Taylor Mackenzie

“On the positive side I still increased my championship lead so will try hard to stay out of trouble in future!

“The next round is at Snetterton in two weeks where I’ve just completed a very successful test so can’t wait to get back on the bike.”