Jack Kennedy held off a hard-charging Ben Currie to take his first Supersport win of the season in the closest finish of the weekend so far.
Gearlink Kawasaki’s Currie took the hole shot in the original race start, but one competitor’s engine failure at Paddock Hill brought out red flags and cut the race from 18 to 15 laps when action got back underway a short time later.
It was Integro Yamaha’s Kennedy who took the lead this time as he and title rival Currie began to stretch a gap over the rest of the field.
Despite a big moment for Currie at Clearways on lap three, which he quickly recovered from, there was never more than 0.100s between the two at the front of the pack.
Currie stuck a pass on the inside of Kennedy at Paddock two laps from the finish, but the Irishman was right back in the lead by the time they came out of Druids.
In a last-ditch effort, Currie slipstreamed up the inside of Kennedy coming out of the final corner on the last lap, but a photo finish revealed the Yamaha man had held on to take the win by just 0.006s.
Slidecodor/Go Racing Development’s Jamie Perrin completed the podium nearly five seconds further back.