Taylor Mackenzie scooped his second Pirelli National Superstock 1000 victory of the season as he beat series leader Richard Cooper in today’s wet second race.
The Bathams BMW rider was embroiled in a nearly race-long scrap with the pint-sized Nottinghamshire rider, but stretched a gap in the closing stages to clinch the win.
Cooper grabbed a strong start on the drenched Knockhill grid, but local lad Lewis Rollo was on a charge and swooped quickly into the fight for victory as Mackenzie tucked into second.
While Mackenzie went for a move up the inside of Cooper at the Hairpin, the two ran wide and left room for Rollo to slip up the inside and take the lead.
But Cooper soon found his way back to the front before Mackenzie charged ahead and into the lead, while Morello Racing’s Chrissy Rouse caught up to Rollo and made a lunge up the inside at Duffus to take over third.
While the two podium contenders dropped a second off the winning fight, Cooper had tagged onto Mackenzie and sat waiting for an opportunity to pass.
Meanwhile, Rollo got back at Rouse with a pass at the Hairpin to go third again, but Tyco BMW’s Andy Reid was making headway just behind and by lap 11 he was just a quarter of a second off Rouse and just over half a second off rostrum contention.
Reid passed rouse two laps later, but as Rouse regained fourth it became a four-way fight for the podium as the duo caught up to Rollo while Luke Jones joined them in sixth.
Taking two in one, Reid passed Rouse and Rollo to slot into third with six laps remaining. But the attrition began as Jones and Eemeli Lahti both went down with three to go.
Back at the front, Mackenzie had made the best of the backmarker traffic and as Cooper got caught up, the 2016 champ stretched a 4.8s margin to take victory on honorary home soil, while Reid bagged his first podium of the season.