CHARLIE Nesbitt put one hand on the Quattro British Supersport GP2 class crown today with a dominant overall victory in the feature race.
While the Kovara Projects RS Racing rider pipped last year’s GP2 title-holder Mason Law by just over a tenth, the prototype bikes were more than a second back as Bradley Perie crossed the line third to take the Supersport class win.
When the lights went out, Gearlink man Ben Currie was off like a scalded cat as he slipped ahead of pole-sitter Lee Johnston and GP2-mounted Dan Jones.
Currie tried to make himself scarce from the word go, but Johnston kept with him, bringing Law with him on the Spirit Motocorsa bike with Charlie Nesbitt and Jones right on his tail.
By lap three, Johnston had taken the lead and just a few corners later, Nesbitt got the better of Law on his RS Racing Kalex.
Just as Bradley Perie and Jack Kennnedy joined the train back in sixth and seventh, Nesbitt passed Currie before sticking it up the inside of Johnston at Brooklands on lap six.
Ashcourt Racing’s Johnston had a look back up the inside of Nesbitt at Maggotts, but couldn’t quite make it stick as Currie took advantage and passed the TT man at Brooklands.
Perie was up into fourth after levering Law aside and by half distance, after Currie dropped to fifth, the Appleyard Macadam Yamaha was up into podium contention in third.
But three laps from the finish, Law found a second wind and shot ahead of both Johnston and Perie to take over second place.
Despite the reigning champ’s late attempts, he couldn’t quite find a way into the lead as Nesbitt took his 13th GP2 win and another outright victory in the Supersport class.
With Law 0.119sec behind, Perie crossed the line third to take 25 points in the main Supersport class, a second clear of runner-up Johnston.