KYLE Smith announced his homecoming this morning as he controlled the action to take his very first Quattro British Supersport victory.
The World Supersport exile took his Dynavolt Triumph to a lights-to-flag win ahead of Jack Kennedy in this weekend’s first race after delays yesterday forced action forward.
When the Supersports finally got back on track today, it was points leader Bradley Perie who looked to get the jump before Smith pounced from the second row to hit the front, but it was disaster moments later for Perie who dumped his Appleyard Macadam Yamaha at Surtees.
GP2 leader Charlie Nesbitt had tucked in just behind Smith early on before Kennedy pipped him for second, as young Eunan McGlinchey followed his fellow Irishman through, but it was looking like an insurmountable gap with just two laps in the bag as Smith stretched a growing 2.2sec lead.
But Kennedy quickly hit his stride and just two laps later, he’d clawed back half a second on Yorkshireman Smith.
Six laps into the shortened 10-lap sprint, Kennedy was just over a second off the lead, but Smith managed to pull his gap back out and despite Kennedy’s 11th-hour charge, Smith held on to take victory by 0.379sec.
Gearlink Kawasaki’s McGlinchey bagged third for his maiden Supersport podium ahead of GP2 class winner Mason Law on the Spirit Motocorsa, who only just pipped Nesbitt to class honours.