Ballinamallard lad Josh Elliott leads the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship after capitalising on Alastair Seeley’s bike problems at Brands Hatch to power to his maiden victory.
Tyco BMW rider Seeley and Elliott had broken clear from the chasing pack but on the final lap, the experienced Carrick rider’s machine dramatically slowed at Clearways.
It was the second setback for the 35-year-old in as many races after Seeley experienced fuel problems on the final lap at Donington Park.
Young prospect Elliott took full advantage, sweeping past on the Morello Racing Kawasaki and going on to win at the Kent track to open a lead of four points at the top of the championship over Hudson Kennaugh.
Adam Jenkinson claimed the runner-up spot on the Northern Escalator Installations Yamaha YZF-R1, with Kennaugh on the Trik Moto BMW completing the podium places.
Seeley eventually limped over the line in fifth behind James Rose and is fourth in the title table after the first two races, 18 points down on fellow Ulsterman Elliott.
It later transpired that the cause of Seeley’s woe was an electrical issue, with a wire shorting out on the seat unit, causing the bike to cut out.
Take nothing away from the impressive Elliott though, who had started the race from pole position as he followed up his superb runner-up finish at Donington Park by going one better.
“I felt comfortable sitting behind Alastair and my game plan was just to let him set the pace and my plan was to pass him on the last lap.
“He seemed to slow in the final sector as I closed in to make my move, and whenever I saw he had a problem, I took the opportunity to slip past and take my first win.”
Nico Mawhinney was 23rd with David Haire finishing 27th.
Carrick’s Glenn Irwin was also on the rostrum in the British Supersport class, taking the runner-up spot behind red-hot teenage star Kyle Ryde in the Sprint race on Saturday, although he was unable to break into the top three in Sunday’s feature race, finishing fourth on the Gearlink Kawasaki. Luke Stapleford won the race from Ryde and Jake Dixon.
Marshall Neill finished 12th in Saturday’s Sprint race but registered a DNF on Sunday while Andrew Reid crashed out of Saturday’s race on the TCC Yamaha.
Meanwhile, JG Speedfit Kawasaki’s James Ellison did the double in the MCE British Superbike class, twice beating Shane Byrne and Josh Brookes.
Tommy Bridewell claimed Tyco BMW’s best result in the feature class of sixth in race two, with Michael Laverty finishing 13th and 19th in the two races.
Andrew Irwin was sixth in the Superstock 600 race and Marty Nutt was second and third in the Ducati TriOptions Cup Series.