Daily Mirror - - SPORT - ZOE BURN

JA­SON O’HAL­LO­RAN drew first blood as the Ben­netts Bri­tish Su­per­bike fi­nal kicked off at Brands Hatch.

The Aussie McAMS Yamaha rider (above) stormed to a hot lap of 1min 26.113secs yes­ter­day, hold­ing off late charges from Build­base Suzuki’s Bradley Ray and ti­tle chal­lenger Glenn Ir­win.

O’Hal­lo­ran, who is one of five rid­ers who could win the ti­tle to­mor­row and cur­rently lies fourth in the points, said: “I’m just go­ing to push to the max­i­mum. We’ve got the speed to win races, and if we can do that we can win the championsh­ip.”

With one race to­day and two to­mor­row, Vi­sion­Track Du­cati’s Josh Brookes has a 16-point lead over team-mate Chris­tian Id­don, with Honda Rac­ing’s Ir­win two points be­hind and a point ahead of O’Hal­lo­ran.

The last con­tender, Taz Macken­zie, will be hop­ing for bet­ter luck af­ter crash­ing his McAMS Yamaha into trees.

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