Team 109’s Eunan McGlinchey stole victory from Korie McGreevy in today’s Pirelli National Superstock 600 scrap as he shot into the championship lead.
Last year’s Junior Supersport champ settled into a race-long battle with Century Racing’s McGreevy, but held on by 0.054s as the chequered flag flew, eclipsing Aaron Clifford at the top of the points table.
Kiwi Shane Richardson looked to get the best start, but last year’s Knockhill winner McGreevy slipped up the inside as the pack dropped down Duffus for the first of 22 laps.
Just two laps in, Astro JJR Racing’s Richardson was eclipsed by McGlinchey, while Ben Luxton gave chase in fourth.
The leading quartet soon bunched up again to make a four-way fight for the win but in the front battle McGlinchey laid a pass on McGreevy to take over the lead at the start of lap four before McGreevy made an identical move on the Team 109 rider the very next time around.
Meanwhile, Caolan Irwin had made inroads on the front pack and powered ahead of Luxton to take over fourth on lap six and just a few metres behind, wildcard Lewis Paterson threw his hand in as he moved past Luxton to slot into fifth two laps later.
Back in the rostrum battle, Irwin swooped around the outside of Richardson just before the Ready 4 Racing rider stuck his Kawasaki up the inside of McGlinchey to go second.
The pack stretched out slightly after scything through back marker traffic, but McGreevy still came out with McGlinchey right on his tail, sniffing the win.
McGlinchey squeezed up the inside of his fellow Northern Irishman at the Hairpin on lap 14, but McGreevy’s 675 powered him back ahead over the start-finish hill.
Back in the battle for third, local rider Paterson binned his bike at McIntyres just moments before Irwin joined him in the gravel clan after shooting off track at the first turn.
At the front, McGlinchey had found a way into the lead with three laps remaining he held tight to cross the line a mere 0.054s clear of trouble, while Richardson cruised to a lone third.