2017 Donington Park World Supersport Race Results: Red Flag Followed By Action

The World Supersport race lasted four laps of a warm Donington Park until the red flag was brought out for a crashing Xavier Cardelus Garcia. The oil was cleaned up and the restart was thirteen laps after the now-familiar quick start procedure. PJ Jacobsen would be unable to make the restart, suffering from mechanical woes, leaving his place on the grid empty.

Kenan Sofuoglu hit turn one first with a hard-charging Luke Stapleford barging past the French pair of Jules Cluzel and Lucas Mahias for second place. Mahias passed Cluzel for third place, but Cluzel took his place back at the Foggy Esses before the hairpins. Stapleford's second place didn't last to the end of the second lap as Cluzel, on his way to setting the fastest lap of the race, forced his way past down the straight into the Esses while Mahias worked his way past at the last hairpin, Goddards. 

The front four, Sofuoglu, Cluzel, Mahias and Stapleford, were joined by Jack Kennedy who had a gap of over a second to the battle for sixth place, but Sofuoglu was starting to break away from the French battle for second place. Stapleford fell back into the clutches of his teammate and Stapleford and Kennedy started an all-Triumph battle for fourth place that would last until the chequered flag. 

Kenan Sofuoglu left everyone else behind, building up over two seconds of lead in the shortened race while Lucas Mahias and Jules Cluzel swapped places several times in an uninterrupted battle for second place. Jack Kennedy and Luke Stapleford also swapped places a few times, safe from interruptions from the sixth place battle several seconds behind them.

On the penultimate lap, as Sofuoglu was safely on his way to another victory, Jules Cluzel made several attempts at passing Lucas Mahias, taking wider sweeping lines exiting corners on the power, but nothing would get him past his fellow Frenchman. As they charged into the Foggy Esses, Cluzel tried on the brakes, then on the power but couldn't find a line. The last lap, Cluzel sat right in Mahias's wake and tried again to pass at every concievable corner, almost crashing at the Esses, and, as Sofuoglu looked back at the fight, Cluzel lined up a pass into the Melbourne Loop hairpin, shovelling his bike under Mahias's Yahama, only to see a blur of blue bike pass him right back exiting the corner on the faster line. 

As Kenan Sofuoglu racked up another victory, the third in a row, Cluzel looked for a way past into Goddards but Mahias rode cleanly and defensively, powering out of the corner to take second ahead of Cluzel. Luke Stapleford won the battle for fourth place ahead of Jack Kennedy while Sheridan Morais held off Ant West and Kyle Smith to take sixth place.

On the slow-down lap, Jules Cluzel pleaded with the Melbourne Loop, gesticulating wildly at the corner as if remonstrating it for being so feisty, something many riders can sympathise with.

Lucas Mahias remains at the top of the championship, increasing his lead to thirty points ahead of Kenan Sofuoglu while Sheridan Morais drops down to third place. Jules Cluzel joins PJ Jacobsen in joint fourth place, thirteen points further back.

Results: 

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 1 K. SOFUOGLU Kawasaki ZX-6R  
2 144 L. MAHIAS Yamaha YZF R6 2.450
3 16 J. CLUZEL Honda CBR600RR 2.576
4 81 L. STAPLEFORD Triumph Daytona 675 5.954
5 14 J. KENNEDY Triumph Daytona 675 6.182
6 32 S. MORAIS Yamaha YZF R6 17.051
7 13 A. WEST Yamaha YZF R6 17.248
8 111 K. SMITH Honda CBR600RR 17.440
9 78 H. OKUBO Honda CBR600RR 19.238
10 40 J. FRANCIS Yamaha YZF R6 20.748
11 77 K. RYDE Kawasaki ZX-6R 21.438
12 4 G. REA Kawasaki ZX-6R 23.263
13 38 H. SOOMER Honda CBR600RR 25.693
14 44 R. ROLFO MV Agusta F3 675 26.821
15 26 K. WATANABE Kawasaki ZX-6R 27.157
16 25 A. BALDOLINI MV Agusta F3 675 27.629
17 65 M. CANDUCCI Kawasaki ZX-6R 33.470
18 70 R. MULHAUSER Honda CBR600RR 34.300
19 47 R. HARTOG Kawasaki ZX-6R 34.785
20 63 Z. KHAIRUDDIN Kawasaki ZX-6R 34.996
21 74 J. VAN SIKKELERUS Yamaha YZF R6 35.198
22 10 N. CALERO Kawasaki ZX-6R 38.929
23 83 L. EPIS Kawasaki ZX-6R 39.626
24 66 N. TUULI Yamaha YZF R6 39.646
25 56 P. SEBESTYÉN Kawasaki ZX-6R 42.365
26 92 H. KUNIKAWA Honda CBR600RR 52.991
27 48 G. SCARCELLA Honda CBR600RR 1'11.637
RET 11 C. GAMARINO Honda CBR600RR 2 Laps
RET 61 A. ZACCONE MV Agusta F3 675 9
RET 95 D. ALLINGHAM Yamaha YZF R6 5 Laps
RET 64 F. CARICASULO Yamaha YZF R6  
RET 99 P. JACOBSEN MV Agusta F3 675  
RET 69 X. CARDELUS GARCIA MV Agusta F3 675  

 

Round Number: 
6
2017
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Comments

7th from 16th on the grid in a shortened race is not a bad result. Just when the bike is getting to be competitive, he's out of cash. Hope someone can come up with some funds to keep him on the grid.

 

Congratulations to Kenan the class act.

I agree Trevangel "Hope someone can come up with some funds to keep him on the grid." I hope it is not his last race. I mean Westy's 7th place was hard fought, well deserved, good result. Not lucky.

I hope it will be lucky for Ant West by bringing some positive attention & hopefully more dollars to his racing budget.

Westy is such a true racer, he deserves a good ride with a good team. 1 good year befor retirement? best of luck to him.

Fast and now hungry we need him on a world grid. Like a lot of Aussies late to mature but now I feel he knows what it is to have the opportunity. Fingers crossed we get to see him have the chance to show his true talent before he hangs up the helmet.

The results at every round have been all over the place, plenty going on in each race, starring roles from some wildcards as well showing they've got the technical regs correct relative to the national championships (unlike main WSB). So many riders totally out of luck too - Alex Baldolini, Gino Rea, Kyle Smith should be well further up but for that ludicrous disqualification.

Lucas Mahias hadn't had much luck in previous WSS seasons but is riding very well, although I do suspect Kenan will overhaul him by the end after a brilliant comeback.

Ant West is almost the invisible man of the paddock at the minute - putting in decent performances against the odds as usual but barely visible.