JAMES EDWARDS walked away from Anglesey with a tasty £1000 as he took the top Pirelli Super Series 1000 prize, sharing wins with series leader Colin Parker.
And while Parker still holds the advantage in the championship by nearly 50 points, Edwards has moved into second as he sets out to chase down his title rival.
But it was one half of the eventual four-hour endurance race-winning duo, Sam Cox, who took pole on Saturday morning, 0.701s ahead of Global Robots Yamaha man Parker and Phil Bevan Trackdays’ ace Phil Bevan.
When the lights went out for race one, Cox launched off the line and got the best start, leading Parker and Edwards as he began to stretch a slight advantage. By lap two he had half a second and by lap six he tacked on another 1.2s.
But moments later, the National Superstock 1000 rider retired, leaving Parker and Edwards to scrap for the lead. Edwards cut Parker’s advantage lap after lap, but he couldn’t quite edge the former Bemsee Powerbikes champ and had to settle for second, just 0.158s adrift of the win, with Bevan bagging third.
With Cox missing from the grid, RTS Racing’s Edwards nabbed the early lead in Sunday’s first race. Despite Parker cutting his lead to less than two tenths of a second, the Kawasaki rider held on to take his fourth win of the season, while Pro Steel Services man David Hall completed the podium a further 10s back.
Edwards again took the lead at the start of race three, with Hall and Parker in tow and Matt Waldron not far behind. And while Parker had made his way past Hall to slot into second, the Yamaha rider retired moments later and put paid to any hopes of more points.
All Edwards had to do was bring his bike home and he was handed the cash prize as the top points-scorer, with Hall and Waldron rounding out the race three podium.
Parker still leads the championship on 210 points, but Edwards has put a dent in his lead as he moves up to second overall on 166.
*Main image: Alex James
*Side image: RTS Racing