JAMES McHardy snatched back the Black Widow Bandit Challenge crown as the season went down to the wire at Oulton Park.
The 2017 champ and challenger Harley Prebble took the fight all the way to the last race of the year as part of NG Road Racing’s series finale at the Cheshire track.
This year’s top six had gone into a British Superbikes-style Showdown, but after the previous round at Castle Combe it seemed like it was to be a two-man battle between the two.
However, it was wild card rider Peter Bardell who set the pace before he was forced out on lap two. That left Prebble to take up the running, stretching out over 10 seconds as he charged to the win ahead of Matthew Baker and McHardy.
With the championship still up for grabs going into the final race, Prebble was hit by disaster in the opening lap as he ran onto the grass and rejoined back in 12th.
But Bardell was once again the man in charge, as he took his SmithStix Suzuki to a lights-to-flag win. McHardy finished second ahead of Baker.
Prebble’s heroic attempts to fight back got him all the way back up to fourth by the chequered flag, but McHardy’s second had sealed the deal and he took his second consecutive title.
John Thatham and Nick Allison shared a win each in the FP1 pre 1981 1300’s with Mark Carels-Watson taking two wins over Rob Pragnell, but it was not enough to stop Pragnell taking the Pre-1987 Production FP2 class honours. Lewis Rees took the FP3 Classic Superbike title.
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