Castlerock man Marty Nutt scooped the Ducati 848 Challenge British title at Silverstone on Sunday, then joked: ‘It only took 15 years but we got there!’
Nutt won the championship by 27 points from Jonathan Railton after finishing second in Saturday’s race before fourth place in race two gave him the crown.
“It’s awesome. What can I say? I’m made up,” said Nutt.
“I’m not riding any harder today than I was three years ago in Supersport, but now we’re at the front it makes the job so much more pleasant.
“It makes it all worthwhile. My bike has been faultless and it never missed a beat all year.”
Nutt (37) returned from serious injury after a heavy crash in the series at Brands Hatch last year, which left him with broken bones in his neck and back.
In the National Superstock 1000 class, Marshall Neill finished an excellent sixth on the Ryan McGill Joinery Kawasaki, while Andy Reid from Belfast claimed a podium result in third in the British Motostar race.
Meanwhile, Lisburn’s David Haire sealed the Adelaide Masters Supersport title at Mondello Park.
Haire finished third in Saturday’s opening race behind Derek Sheils and fellow Lisburn rider Carl Phillips, who took victory on the Sandown Yamaha by less than a second.
In race two, Haire claimed the runner-up spot behind Joseph Loughlin as Sheils took third from Luke Johnston. Phillips’ title hopes took a battering as the 19-year-old failed to finish.
Another runner-up result in race three ensured Haire was crowned champion as Loughlin completed a double.
Sheils was again third ahead of Jamie Patterson, Christian Elkin and Phillips in sixth.
Dubliner Sheils was crowned Adelaide Masters Superbike champion after dominating the high-profile short circuit championship this year for Chris Dowd’s team and won Saturday’s race to secure the title.