Dominant Jake Dixon held off a late charge from Leon Haslam to complete his Bennetts British Superbike clean sweep with victory in this afternoon’s second race.
The RAF Regular and Reserves Kawasaki rider led from lights-to-flag and took another five points out of the JG Speedfit Kawasaki man, who couldn’t complete his charge to take the win.
In stark contrast to this morning’s downpour, the Cheshire circuit was almost completely dry as Dixon lined up on pole ahead of Andrew Irwin and Michael Laverty.
Dixon took a commanding lead off the start as Jason O’Halloran slotted into second, but Laverty and series leader Haslam tucked in just behind as Movuno.com Halsall Racing’s Tom Neave crashed down at Britten’s.
Haslam slipped up the inside of Laverty at Old Hall on the very next lap and began his pursuit of Honda Racing’s O’Halloran, with Dixon a comfortable 3.4s in the distance.
But the fight for second wasn’t just on between the Aussie and the Derbyshireman - Moto Rapido Ducati’s Tommy Bridewell, fresh off his highest finish of the season earlier this afternoon in second, jumped onto Haslam’s wheel to throw his hand in the fight.
Back down in seventh place and entranced in a fight for fifth, the race was finished for Tyco BMW man Laverty with a high-side crash at Cascades.
But Laverty’s closest contenders, Luke Mossey and McAMS Yamaha’s Taz Mackenzie, made quick work of the gap to O’Halloran, Haslam and Bridewell to make a five-way fight for second.
Haslam moved into second with a pass on O’Halloran at Lodge on lap eight, but couldn’t quite pull away as the fight between the five heated up with all shuffles behind the series leader.
Joining earlier Buildbase Suzuki fallers Richard Cooper and Bradley Ray, however, O’Halloran took himself out of contention for a podium with a crash at Old Hall.
Dixon’s advantage at the front was shrinking lap by lap as Haslam chopped his gap down by over half a second per lap and with four to go, he had reeled Dixon’s lead in to just over 2.5s, slicing off another 0.7s with three laps remaining.
But Haslam’s blitz came just a few laps too late and Dixon completed his clean sweep 1.129s clear of Haslam, with Bridewell snatching his second rostrum of the weekend.
Some two seconds further back, Mackenzie held off team-mate Josh Brookes and Be Wiser Ducati’s Glenn Irwin to finish fourth while Mossey crossed the line in seventh.
In a distant eighth was Smith’s Racing BMW man Peter Hickman ahead of Andrew Irwin and Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha’s James Ellison.