Belfast’s Andy Reid clinched a brilliant British Supersport rostrum finish at Oulton Park following a dramatic feature race.
The Team Traction Control Yamaha rider was leading the race from Gearlink Kawasaki’s Glenn Irwin in the closing stages until a massive moment on the exit of Cascades on the last lap, with Reid somehow hanging on to a save a vicious high-side.
Carrick rider Irwin had to take evasive action and dropped back to fourth, with Jake Dixon taking full advantage on the Smiths Triumph to seize the lead.
Teenager Kyle Ryde also benefitted as he slotted into second place on the Pacedays Yamaha and although Reid regrouped to make a pass at the final corner, Ryde used the drive to blast past again on the dash to the line to seal the runner-up spot behind Dixon.
Irwin, who had been in contention for the lead of the race throughout until he was hampered by Reid’s near-miss, came home in fourth place on the ZX-6R in his final British outing before the Carrickfergus man makes his debut at the North West 200 next week.
The race had been interrupted by the introduction of the safety car after Harry Hartley’s, setting up a thrilling climax to the race.
Marshall Neill finished 11th on the Evo-spec In Competition Yamaha.
Meanwhile, Northern Ireland’s Tyco BMW team emerged victorious in the opening MCE British Superbike race when Tommy Bridewell rode a terrific race to hold off Milwaukee Yamaha’s Josh Brookes by 0.160s seconds, with third place going to Shane Byrne on the PBM Kawasaki.
Michael Laverty finished in eighth place on the second of the Tyco BMWs machines behind James Ellison on the JG Speedfit Kawasaki and Honda Racing’s Jason O’Halloran, with Ryuichi Kiyonari taking fifth for Buildbase BMW behind Stuart Easton (PBM Kawasaki).
Bridewell was out of luck in race two as he crashed out unhurt at Hizzy’s after taking the lead from Japanese rider Kiyonari.
More drama was to follow as Kiyonari brought down reigning champion Byrne after running in too hot on the brakes at Hizzy’s on lap 16 of 18, leaving Easton to inherit the lead.
The Hawick man was coming under pressure from Ellison and Aussie Brookes on the final laps but kept his composure to close out a popular victory.
Laverty secured his best result of the season in fourth behind Brookes.
Andrew Irwin had a big crash in the Superstock 600 race after coming off at high speed at Island Bend as he attempted to pass Tarran Mackenzie, but fortunately escaped relatively unscathed.
Nico Mawhinney and David Haire were 16th and 20th respectively in the Superstock 1000 race.
The second Ducati Tri-Options Cup race was cancelled due to an oil spill on the track.