Brands BSB: Lights-to-flag Superstock 600 win for Vickers

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Ryan Vickers pocketed more points in his increasingly-threatening Pirelli National Superstock 600 title challenge today with a dominant lights-to-flag victory.

With track temperatures nearing 50 degrees, the Norfolk teenager beat the heat and cruised across the line with 5.598s to spare, extending his points advantage over Joe Sheldon-Shaw to 34 - even after missing the fourth round and crashing out of the fifth round at Knockhill a fortnight ago.

The Mototechniks Yamaha rider shot out of the gates and was straight into the lead ahead of Aaron Clarke and Tinklers Racing’s Grant Newstead, while Irishman Caolán Irwin and TJ Toms crashed out of contention at the very first corner.

Vickers held a 0.4s lead over Clarke for the first two laps, before pulling the pin on lap three and getting even further ahead.

Meanwhile, Knockhill winner Korie McGreevy pipped Newstead for third, which the Northern Irish rider held on to until the ninth lap when Sheldon-Shaw finally found a way through and pushed him back to fourth.

And although Vickers grabbed an easy win ahead of Draper Racing’s Clarke, the battle was on for the final rostrum spot.

Sheldon-Shaw and McGreevy looked to be the only ones in contention for third, but Aaron Clifford - who had dropped to seventh on the start - closed a gap of over 1.5s on the last lap to steal the podium honours.

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