RORY Skinner stamped his authority on the Quattro Group British Supersport class today after beating Ben Currie to victory.
Tysers Yamaha’s 2020 champion, who clinched the title last time out at Donington a fortnight ago, led almost the entire race to clinch the win over the former series runner-up.
Currie surged to the front as the lights went out as champ Skinner slotted into second with Harry Truelove and Brad Jones just behind.
But by lap two, Skinner had cut up the inside of Gearlink man Currie and hit the front at Paddock Hill Bend as Truelove moved into second.
As Bradley Perie tagged onto the back of the leading four, the battle for victory became a five-way fight, but no one was letting Skinner get away at the front.
Truelove continued to apply the pressure on the Scotsman before slipping back to third behind Currie and at half distance, the five leaders were sitting a full six seconds clear of the chasing field.
But it was disaster on lap six for Truelove’s Yamaha as he sat up with clear mechanical issues at the back of the circuit, dashing his hopes of a podium finish.
Perie soon slipped almost a second back off the leading trio as Skinner continued to hold Currie and Jones at bay, but Currie wasn’t giving up and he stayed in Skinner’s shadow for the entire last lap.
Although he looked for a gap, the Scotsman never let up and he took his ninth win of the season by 0.206sec.
Just 1.6sec behind Currie was Skinner’s team-mate Jones who clinched third, while Diamond H Racing man Perie and Century Racing’s 2019 Superstock 600 champ Korie McGreevey rounded out the top five.