BSB Brands Hatch: Isle of Man TT legend John McGuinness ends season with podium double

The 23-time Isle of Man TT winner took third place in Saturday’s opening race on the 2.43-mile GP circuit, gaining two places when champion Josh Day entered the pits while race leader David Shoubridge lost order.

Veteran colleague Chris Walker won the race against Craig Neve in wet conditions, with McGuinness alone in third place on the Blue Earth Construction Ducati, seconds behind the race winner.

In the final race of the season, McGuinness was in the hunt for another podium when Neve crashed in front of him at Paddockn Hill Bend, while Welshman David Jones suffered a similar crash a few laps later.

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John McGuinness on the Ducati Blue Earth Construction at Brands Hatch.

This left Morecambe’s man in third place and he stayed there after the safety car was deployed for three laps, before the race was eventually marked with a red flag following further crashes during the resumption of the race.

McGuinness was confirmed in third behind Day and Walker, with the trio covered by less than half a second.

“It was a great end to what has been a really enjoyable season,” said McGuinness.

“I still love racing at Brands Hatch and right away on Friday I felt really good on the bike and had some good lap times.

“I felt comfortable in all conditions and with a good start in the first race, I was able to join the leading group and convert it to a third place and a podium.

“Sunday’s race followed a similar pattern, but you really had to be careful to stay in the line because it was quite wet,” he added.

“The wet white line caught up with Craig and David and I was able to take full advantage with another third place to come.

“The team have worked very hard all season, so a big thank you to Blue Earth Construction and all the sponsors for making this possible.”

McGuinness is hoping to return to the Isle of Man TT in 2022 following consecutive cancellations of the event due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The 49-year-old is set to start his 100th race around the Mountain Course.

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