Tarran Mackenzie secured the 2021 Bennetts British Superbike Championship crown this weekend with three stunning displays at Brands Hatch. Team-mate Jason O’Halloran returned to podium form and secured the team a one-three in the 2021 standings.
The title-deciding second race was a tense affair with Mackenzie holding second position throughout the opening stages. Catching the leader by the halfway point, Mackenzie was looking to get ahead. A brave but clean pass into Paddock Hill bend gave the #95 rider the lead, but it didn’t last long.
Recovering from a moment at Stirling’s, which saw the leading two collide, Mackenzie slipped back to second with four laps to go. Not giving up, the Scotsman dug deep, bridging another gap to put the Yamaha within striking distance. With the battle going to the wire, Mackenzie ducked underneath Bridewell on the run to the line, taking victory by just 0.087 seconds, crowning him the 2021 Bennetts British Superbike champion.
After a strong start, O’Halloran settled into the top four positions early on. Fighting Iddon for third, the McAMS Yamaha rider made the move stick on lap eighteen. Unable to catch the riders ahead, O’Halloran settled for third.
Race three got underway and immediately saw Mackenzie at the front. However, the 25-year-old had to relinquish the lead to Bridewell as battle commenced once again. Sitting behind the Ducati, an identical move to his race two-winning overtake put the Yamaha in front, but the lead was short-lived. Determined, Mackenzie launched another attempt on the final lap and secured the lead, but a mistake at Stirling’s saw him slip back to second once again. Keeping his cool, he passed Bridewell in another final corner showdown to claim a heroic treble.
Mackenzie’s treble and a brace of podium finishes for O’Halloran take McAMS Yamaha’s win total for the season to 21 victories with an additional 20 podium finishes between the pair. A sensational season also saw McAMS Yamaha and Yamaha crowned team’s and manufacturer’s champions.