JACK Nixon clinched the Pirelli National Junior Superstock crown in thrilling fashion this afternoon with a battle that went down to the wire.
As Binch Racing’s Zak Corderoy cleared off to take his second win of the weekend and completed a Brands Hatch sweep, the battle between Nixon and Joe Talbot raged behind all the way to the last corner.
With Corderoy on pole and both title contenders Talbot and Nixon further back on the grid, yesterday’s winner shot into the lead ahead of Asher Durham and George Stanley as Louis Valleley and Nixon slotted into the top five.
By the time they hit Hawthorn, Nixon moved back up to fourth as Talbot began to make inroads in seventh, just behind Eugene McManus and Valleley.
Back at the front, Affinity Sports’ Durham took the lead at Paddock Hill on lap two as the front three began to eke away from Nixon in fourth, before Corderoy reclaimed the lead heading into Westfield.
But the gap closed back up with three laps in the bag and with Corderoy leading the six-rider train, McManus shoved Nixon back to fifth to put him just ahead of his championship rival Talbot.
With half the race remaining, Santander Salt’s Nixon had got back ahead of McManus before JR Performance rider Talbot stuck a pass on the Northern Irishman to move up to fifth.
With Corderoy holding a comfortable 2.3sec lead with two laps to go, the battle for second place raged and as Nixon picked off Stanley for third, Talbot followed him through to stay in his wheeltracks.
Nixon then made a move on Durham at Druids to take second place, but again Talbot followed him through before passing Nixon moments later at Surtees.
As they started their final lap, Nixon sliced back underneath Talbot at Paddock Hill before Durham cut up the inside of Talbot at Surtees.
And while Corderoy crossed the line some 4.1sec up the road for another victory, Nixon held off Durham and Talbot’s final efforts to clinch the championship.