FHO Racing’s Alex Olsen took a step closer to the championship lead after beating Tom Neave in today’s Pirelli National Superstock scrap.
With his fourth win of the season, the former British Supersport Evo champ now sits just 23 points off the top of the table with five races remaining.
From third on the grid, reigning champ Chrissy Rouse nabbed the holeshot as he hit the front through Copse with Honda Racing’s Neave and Billy McConnell behind as Olsen, Fraser Rogers and Luke Mossey slotted into the top six.
But it was just three laps before Neave hit the front with a move up the inside at Maggotts before Olsen and Rich Energy man McConnell followed him through at Brooklands.
A few laps later, Olsen was right on the tail of Neave as RAF Regular and Reserves’ Lewis Rollo joined the battle after moving ahead of Rouse for fifth.
By lap eight, Rogers had stuck his IN Competition Aprilia up the inside of McConnell to take over third and was soon right with Olsen and Neave.
And by half distance, the leading trio had stretched clear in a three-way battle for the lead. But Rogers dropped a few tenths off the back of the top two with five to go and with four laps remaining, it was a clear two-horse race for victory.
Olsen finally hit the front at Brooklands with just over three laps to go and held on, fending off Neave to win by 0.326sec as Rogers secured a lone third some three seconds further back.
In a hectic battle for fourth, McConnell pipped yesterday’s winner Tim Neave and TT legend Ian Hutchinson to stay in the title fight.