Keith Farmer took his second successive title today after securing the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 crown as he and championship rival Billy McConnell both crashed out.
While Buildbase Suzuki’s McConnell was the first of the title contenders to exit today’s wet race in the dirt, Farmer, who won last year’s British Supersport crown, followed shortly after and dumped his Tyco BMW as Taylor Mackenzie eventually battled back from fifth to take his first win of the season.
Just after Roads man Gary Johnson crashed his Lee Hardy Racing Kawasaki on the warm-up lap, former champion Mackenzie was fastest out of the blocks as McConnell launched himself into second from sixth on the grid.
Farmer tucked into third but was right on his rival’s tail coming into the end of the opening lap and the next time around, he began looking down the inside of the Aussie as Mackenzie stretched himself a bit of a lead on the second lap and just a lap later,
Farmer found a way past at Paddock Hill on lap three and moments later took the lead from Mackenzie, and almost immediately carved out a bit of a lead as Alex Olsen was on a charge behind, passing flying Scot Lewis Rollo for fourth.
With Mackenzie dropping back to third, McConnell took the lead from Farmer on lap five but then Olsen came through to hit the front before McConnell got it back and Farmer then got past Olsen, followed by Rollo who moved past into third.
On lap six, McConnell handed the lead to Farmer after running wide at Druids, but disaster then struck for the championship runner-up as he crashed out at Surtees moments later, putting an end to his challenge for the crown.
And while McConnell’s crash meant Farmer immediately took the title, it was a lacklustre finish for the Northern Irishman as he too binned it at Druids just a couple of laps later, leaving Olsen to take the lead.
Mackenzie slipped ahead of Olsen on lap 10 as Rollo followed him through into second, but the Batham’s BMW rider then stretched a lead of 1.7s before his team-mate Michael Rutter began to close the gap.
But it was curtains for Scotsman Rollo as he crashed out of podium contention just after Lee Jackson had also hit the deck while trying to catch the front-runners.
Back in the battle for victory, Mackenzie held off a late charge from Astro-JJR Racing’s Olsen to cross the line just 0.156s clear of the former Supersport Evo champ as Rutter bagged third a further second adrift.