Alastair Seeley was a double British Supersport race winner for EHA Racing at Assen’s Cathedral of Motorcycling, with today’s feature middleweight encounter, another classic battle with leading contenders Jack Kennedy and Ben Currie.
Double Assen Victory for Seeley & EHA Racing
Seeley’s opening win on the CF Motorsport prepared EHA Racing Yamaha YZF-R6 came in Saturday’s Supersport Sprint race. It was the Ulsterman’s third sprint race victory without reply since joining EHA Racing in British championship just a few short weeks ago.
But today’s feature race was a classic, with Seeley outfoxing Irishman Jack Kennedy and Aussie Ben Currie for the win, after a nip and tuck battle which lasted the full 16-lap race distance around the iconic Dutch TT Circuit.
Speaking afterwards, a delighted Seeley said: “I haven’t been to Assen for a while, but coming off the success of the last two rounds on the EHA Racing Yamaha, I did my homework before I came, studying laps and on-boards and looking at the time sheets from previous years.
“I knew today in the feature race it was all about looking after tyre life and not push too heard early on. But as expected the front tyre was crying ‘enough’ in the closing laps and I actually folded it a few times. Jack was better than me through the first sector but I felt we were better in the second and third sectors, which I suppose is the business end of the lap.
“I nailed the last few corners perfectly. We positioned ourselves in the right place at the right time, and it’s great to grab a double for the team. It’s nice to repay them for giving me a job back in a class that I really love; so a big thanks to EHA Racing and also to Craig and Robbie at CF Motorsport. Big shout out to the team sponsors who do a great job all year, and also my personal sponsors who haven’t had the best of coverage this year up to now.”
David Allingham added the icing to the Dutch party cake with a fine fourth place today on his CF Motorsport prepared EHA Racing Yamaha, coming through from the third row of the grid to head home an eight strong freight train. Allingham was seventh in Saturday’s Sprint race.
Allingham said: “I think I was a little too nervous on Saturday having qualified on the second row in P4 and got beat up in the opening few corners, but I learnt a lot for today and was more relaxed and just let it come to me. You have to be prepared to mix it in the Supersport class and that’s what I did today. I can celebrate with the team tonight knowing that we’ve made progress. We now go to Brands Hatch for the final round, which is a circuit I love and I’m confident we can do an even better job there. Thanks to Dad and Gail and everyone at EHA Racing for a great weekend.”
David Allingham fighting hard at Assen
Gail Allingham – Team Manager: “Assen has been good to us over the years, but to finish the weekend with a Supersport double with Alastair, and David fighting hard for fourth place in the feature race is just superb. We’ve worked hard this year as a team and these sort of weekend’s make it all worthwhile. Thanks to our sponsors for their continued support; we certainly hope you enjoyed the extensive media coverage this weekend. We just have Brands Hatch in a fortnight’s time, which will bring the curtain down on our season. We will be back to full strength with our Superstock bike also on the grid.”
The final round of the British Supersport Championship takes place at Brands Hatch on October 12/13/14.
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