SERIES leader Jack Nixon survived today’s crash-ridden Pirelli National Junior Superstock to win his sixth race of the season.
The Santander Salt rider stretched his championship advantage after pulling ahead of the field late in today’s scrap, in which a third of the field crashed out.
While Asher Durham lined up on pole for the very first time, it was Joe Talbot who nabbed the holeshot before carnage ensued at Maggotts on the very first lap as Ed Best, Kier Armstrong, James Bull, Kade Verwey and Jake Campbell all went down.
After a few laps behind the safety car, Durham resumed the lead but was quickly under threat from JR Performance rider Talbot and Nixon. Talbot stuck it up the inside of Affinity rider Durham at Brooklands, but Durham was back at the front by the time they hit Copse.
A few places back, Nixon was coming under fire from Durham’s team-mate Eugene McManus and Aaron Silvester with Franco Bourne and Caolan Irwin making inroads.
But Irwin went out at Copse as he hit the deck at Copse, joining a flurry of crashers including Lynden Leatherland and Sam Laffins, who all went out on lap eight.
Back at the front, McManus made his way into the lead before Talbot took it back at Brooklands as they hit half-distance but it wasn’t long before Nixon recovered to take his turn at the head of the pack.
Just a few places back, Kevin Keyes’ charge was all over as he crashed out of fifth with a high-side at Luffield.
Meanwhile, Nixon had pulled ahead as he set a new lap record of 57.036, beating George Stanley’s new mark from just a few laps earlier, and with a two-second lead with five laps remaining, the series lead was looking on for victory.
As the championship front-runner cruised to 25 points with more than three seconds to spare, the battle was on for second with Durham, Talbot and McManus in a three-way scrap for silver.
Durham and Talbot pulled ahead with a few corners to go and despite Talbot’s final efforts to slipstream out of Woodcote, Durham held on to take the runner-up spot by 0.047sec.