Motorcycling: Glen Richards leads title race
Glen Richards received the perfect birthday present at Silverstone on Sunday.
The Hinckley rider took over top spot in the Motorpoint British Supersport Championship and, with just one round to go, at Brands Hatch a week on Sunday, is 12.5 points ahead of main rival Jack Kennedy.
Having set pole position by over half-a-second, Richards, on the Smiths Gloucester Triumph, was in confident mood for Saturday's nine-lap sprint race.
It turned out to be duel between himself and fellow Triumph rider Christian Iddon, with the latter having the edge. However, with Kennedy crashing out, it was 20 points gained for Richards.
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Sunday's race, on his 39th birthday, proved tougher, and he was never higher than sixth.
But, with Kennedy finishing only two places higher, Richards could at least celebrate being top overall.
Team-mate and fellow Hinckley rider Billy McConnell took a fourth and a disappointing 10th. He is still third overall but with little chance of catching the top two.
Richards said: "For the second meeting in succession we struggled but, due to Jack having more problems than us, I managed to take advantage although I'm disappointed I couldn't capitalise further.
"It's still very much to play for going into Brands Hatch as 12.5 points is nothing and we will have to be on top of our game."
McConnell said: "The last two rounds have left us baffled as we just haven't been able to get the grip we need. We need to get our heads down and come back fighting."