Eunan McGlinchey will have to wait until next month for another chance to secure the Dickies Junior Supersport title after he and Elliot Pinson shared wins this weekend.
The Northern Irishman stole the opening race win from Brian Hart, but after he was forced back to third in the second race today as Pinson took victory, the title fight between McGlinchey and Hart will go down to the wire at Brands Hatch.
After a blinding start from the middle of the front row in race one, Hart cleared off at the front of the field while the battle raged for second a few seconds behind.
Pinson had levered his way up from fifth on the grid to second, but the fight was on for runner-up honours after McGlinchey, double winner from Silverstone, began to recover from his third-row starting spot.
The Team 109 Kawasaki rider, though still sitting over three seconds off Hart in the lead, stretched over a second ahead of Pinson as the latter fought to fend off Kade Verwey and Matt Bower just behind.
While Pinson was knocked out of contention for third after he ran off track following a bump with Verwey, McGlinchey had put the hammer down and brought the gap back to less than 0.75s with three laps to go, passing Hart at Lodge just before heading onto the final lap.
And despite a slipstream attempt by Hart over Clay Hill, McGlinchey was able to hold on for the win by just 0.072s as Verwey secured a lone third over 15s further back.
It was another battle between Hart and McGlinchey in race three, but this time Pinson joined the party.
After Pinson grabbed an early advantage, he and Hart took off at the front while McGlinchey followed a few laps later
While Hart led the way for nearly the entire first half, McGlinchey got past Pinson and moved ahead of Hart at Lodge with four laps to go as the Spaniard soon fell behind Pinson into third.
But Pinson made a decisive move into Hizzy’s on the final lap and after McGlinchey made an unsuccessful lunge on the leader to go for the win, he lost out to KTM UK Junior Team rider Hart on the slipstream over the line as SymCirrus Motorsport’s Pinson bagged victory.
Hart’s second place has kept his championship hopes alive, but he has work to do at Brands Hatch next month with 43 points to make up to McGlinchey