Wildcard Korie McGreevy stole victory from Scotsman Rory Skinner in today’s 22-lap Pirelli National Superstock 600 scrap by no more than a fairing after a race-long battle.
Making their National Championship debuts together this weekend, the Irishman beat British Talent Cup rider Skinner by 0.009s after a revised finish gave him the win.
But as with nearly all of the early season Stock 600 accolades, pole-sitter Ryan Vickers led the pack off the line on his Mototechniks Yamaha, with Sam Munro tucking into second ahead of McGreevy and Skinner.
Munro had a look up the inside of the championship leader at Leslie’s, but couldn’t find a way past. His luck changed, however, when Vickers made a shock exit with a crash at Scotsman on lap three, leaving Munro to lead.
The front-runner was soon levered aside by his fellow Scot Skinner, before McGreevy followed him through and slid up the inside of Skinner at Taylor’s Hairpin to take the lead.
McGreevy and Bennetts Tokheim Kircaldy Kawasaki’s Skinner were soon stuck into a scrap of their own, but the safety car was deployed for a crash at Leslie’s, bunching the field back up.
When action got back underway on lap 12, Skinner set a new lap record as he immediately made a run for Century Racing man McGreevy with a slick move at the Chicane, but the Irishman was straight back in front to keep the battle tight.
The fight came down to a last-lap, last-corner move with the two side-by-side in the run to the chequered flag, but Triumph rider McGreevy snatched victory from Skinner by a mere 0.009s to take his first win, while Team #109 pilot Kevin Keyes bagged third a further second back.