TAYLOR Mackenzie picked up where he left off last time out as he scored another win to boost his Pirelli National Superstock points lead.
The Bathams BMW rider, who took victory at the Oulton Park season opener last month, pulled clear of early contender Billy McConnell in the late stages to bag another 25 points in his hunt to regain the crown.
Rich Energy BMW man McConnell grabbed the holeshot with Fraser Rogers slotting in behind and reigning champ Chrissy Rouse rocketing off the third row to slot into third ahead of Mackenzie.
By lap two, Mackenzie had slotted up the inside of GR Motosport’s Rouse to take over third as McConnell stretched a half-second lead over Rogers. But the IN Competition Aprilia rider was quickly under fire from 2016 champ Mackenzie, who had a go at Duffus before finally finding a way past Rogers at Taylor’s Hairpin on lap seven.
But it was more trouble for Rogers as he grass-tracked on the very next lap, rejoining way back in 17th as Bournemouth Kawasaki’s Luke Mossey took advantage just after eclipsing Rouse as the former Superbike man took over in third.
Mossey then threw away a podium finish as he went down and hit the gravel at Clarke, leaving Rouse to retake third just moments before RAF Regular and Reserves’ Lewis Rollo sent the Geordie back to fourth.
Back at the front, Mackenzie had finally found a way through on Aussie McConnell with just over 12 laps to go as the pair stretched a three-second lead over the scrap for third, where Rouse soon swooped around Rollo at Duffus to retake third.
While McConnell looked to be hanging on to a chance at victory, it wasn’t to be as Mackenzie dropped the hammer with a few laps to go to take the chequered flag by 2.835sec ahead of the former British Supersport champ, with Rouse scoring third after holding off a three-way fight led by Honda Racing’s Tom Neave ahead of brother Tim on the Buildbase Suzuki and local ace Rollo in sixth.