Kyle Ryde returned to the Dickies British Supersport class with a bang as he fended off fellow prototype-chassis runner Josh Owens to take the series’ first-ever outright GP2 win.
The 2015 championship runner-up, who began this year in poor form in the Bennetts British Superbike series, took advantage of Ben Currie’s misfortune as he stormed to victory in his first weekend in the class this season.
David Allingham stormed off the line and grabbed the holeshot, but Currie was in front by the time the pack emerged from Druids, leading the EHA Racing rider and Kalex-mounted Ryde away toward the back of the circuit.
Currie immediately put the hammer down and had soon pulled a second over the chasing pair, while RS Racing’s Ryde slotted past Allingham and began extending a gap over the Yamaha rider.
Meanwhile, the sister Kalex of former British 125GP champ and current GP2 class leader Josh Owens, picked off Allingham and started closing on Ryde for the overall runner-up spot.
The Aintree rider was held up by a back-marker moments later, and lost his ground as Allingham slipped back into third.
Allingham was then nudged back a spot by Owens again as the latter regained his position heading into Pilgrim’s drop.
But at the front, disaster struck for Gearlink Kawasaki’s Currie when he sat up with a clear mechanical issue heading onto the final lap, handing the winning fight to Ryde as the series returnee tried to hold off Owens.
Owens couldn’t find a way past, however, and Ryde stole victory by 0.135s, while David Allingham crossed the line third a further four seconds adrift as the first Supersport rider to the chequered flag.