Ryuichi Kiyonari took his career tally of victories at Oulton Park to twelve after winning the second race of the weekend at Oulton Park on Sunday. Kiyonari came out on top in another head-to-head with Josh Brookes as along with Shane Byrne, the pair showed their class in tricky weather conditions.
The weather was a serious talking point earlier in the weekend but mercifully, conditions weren’t as bad as once feared for Sunday’s opening race. Tyre choice was tricky though with the circuit remaining damp in places but the three main protagonists all opted for slicks and their decision was vindicated right from the off. Brookes, Kiyonari and Byrne pulled out two seconds per lap on a chasing group led by Stuart Easton and Dan Linfoot, setting the stage for a fascinating three-way fight at the front.
Try as he might, Byrne was unable to make an impression on the two ahead and it was left to Kiyonari to seize control of the race, passing Brookes into the Hizzy’s chicane on lap eight. Despite a spirited counter attack from Brookes, and some nervy moments while lapping backmarkers, Kiyonari held on for a fourth win of 2014.
“That was very difficult because the conditions were changing from wet to dry, but I am very happy with the win. It is important for me to keep winning as I don’t want to be second now”, added the Japanese rider.
Byrne kept fighting, setting the fastest lap right at the death, but was forced to settle for third while Dan Linfoot fought his way to the front of the second group to claim fourth, pipping Chris Walker and Stuart Easton by less than two tenths of a second. Tommy Bridewell and Jon Kirkham were a matter of metres further back in seventh and eighth with the former strengthening his showdown chances.