New Zealand’s Shane Richardson powered to his maiden Pirelli National Superstock 600 win in style as he took control at Oulton Park today.
The Astro-JJR Racing man launched himself into early title contention with a flawless race, taking the win by almost nine seconds.
Richardson flew out of the starting blocks from second on the grid to lead the pack into the first corner and from there was never headed as he enjoyed a lonely lights-to-flag victory.
Instead, the big battle was the other podium spots as Northern Ireland hotshot Eunan McGlinchey led a four-way scrap for second.
Ben Luxton had sat in second place for the first few laps but after a mistake dropped back to eighth and out of contention as McGlinchey moved up to second from third.
But he soon came under pressure from Century Racing’s Korie McGreevy and the Yamaha of Adam Hartgrove, and although McGreevy found a way past on lap 10, McGlinchey took the place back a lap later.
On the last lap, as Richardson was now cruising to the line, Aaron Clifford made a dive from fourth up to second but McGlinchey wasn’t done yet, and grabbed the spot back in the final section to take second, as McGreevy came back to take third.