Ben Currie clawed back valuable points on his Dickies British Supersport championship rival Jack Kennedy as he held off the Irishman in today’s feature race.
After entering a three-way battle for the lead with Kennedy and yesterday’s winner Alastair Seeley, Gearlink Kawasaki’s Currie put the hammer down in the closing moments to cut Kennedy’s lead down to just 26 points in the title battle.
But at the start Seeley squeezed ahead of Currie and Kennedy into Old Hall before Currie slipped up the inside of the EHA Racing rider at Knickerbrook as the trio, with Kennedy’s team-mate Brad Jones in tow, stretching a lead over James Westmoreland and Everquip Racing’s James Rispoli in the fight for fifth.
The top three started to pull a gap over Jones, but action was slowed down by a safety car on lap four as Team Tolly by J3PSO Ltd’s Ben Tolliday went down at Knickerbrook, bunching the leaders back up.
When racing got back underway three laps later, Currie was caught napping as Seeley and Integro Yamaha’s Kennedy both moved ahead, but the Australian grabbed the lead back at Hizzy’s chicane as Kennedy followed him through to nudge Seeley back to third.
But the Wee Wizard couldn’t keep pace with the championship front-runners and it was soon a two-horse race for victory.
Currie led Kennedy heading onto the final lap and although the Dubliner looked to be catching his title rival, a small moment coming out of Hizzy’s cost him any chance of the lead and the Aussie took 25 points from the championship leader.
Over six seconds back, Seeley bagged a lone third.