CAM Dawson put on yet another HEL Performance Junior Supersport masterclass today with a dominant victory in this weekend’s first race.
The MSS Performance rider scooped his sixth win from seven races and fourth on the bounce as he led from lights to flag.
Pre-race favourite Dawson controlled the action from the off as he took full advantage of pole position, nabbing the holeshot with Completely Motorbikes/Affinity rider James McManus and Ash Barnes just behind.
But by lap two it was all change in the top five as McManus’ team-mate Kam Dixon and 3D Racing’s Joe Thomas joined the battle. And while Barney Racing’s Barnes climbed back up to second place the next time around, Dawson was already 1.5sec ahead of the pack as the Ulsterman left the field fighting for second.
Barnes didn’t give up, however, as he set a new lap record of 1:03.791 in pursuit of Dawson and within a lap he’d cut the gap to just over a second with Dixon in tow. Dixon slipped ahead as the gap held steady, while some 1.7sec behind Thomas was winning the battle for fourth ahead of Scotsman Adon Davie and Zak Shelton.
As Barnes and Dixon continued to trade places in the battle for runner-up honours, Dawson crept away and pulled 2.5sec clear with six laps to go en route to his sixth win from seven races.
While Dawson was busy cruising to a cool 5.136sec victory after dominating all 15 laps, it was Dixon just behind who got the better of current points runner-up Barnes by a mere 0.082sec to snatch second place.
Some 1.5sec back, Thomas came out on top of a three-way battle covered by no more than two tenths as he beat Davie and McManus to fourth.