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James El­li­son be­lieves a po­ten­tial faulty Pirelli tyre cost him the chance of vic­tory in Sun­day’s sec­ond race after his tyre’s per­for­mance dropped off.

The Cum­brian leapt in to the lead in the open­ing stages of the sec­ond out­ing and re­mained within the lead­ing trio for the first half of the race. A close move around the out­side at the Mel­bourne Loop saw him lead the race for a sec­ond time but it didn’t last long as he started to fall rapidly through the chas­ing pack to even­tu­ally fin­ish sev­enth.

“The start of the race was awe­some but after five or six laps the tyre started to drop off on both sides, it was hor­ren­dous,” he told MCN after the race. “Our times were re­ally quick straight away but when the tyre started to drop I just couldn’t turn in to the cor­ners. I’ve never had the left hand side of the tyre wear here. The tyre should not go off after five laps – es­pe­cially when the set-up is ex­actly the same!”

Pirelli have taken the tyre for anal­y­sis in or­der to de­ter­mine whether or not it was in fact faulty, but as MCN went to press no re­sult was avail­able.

While Haslam and El­li­son left the week­end dis­ap­pointed, it was a strong week­end for the third JG Speed­fit Kawasaki of Peter Hick­man who moved in to the ‘best of the rest’ sev­enth spot after two top five re­sults.

El­li­son was fight­ing at the front on Sun­day be­fore pre­ma­ture tyre wear struck

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