RORY Skinner stretched his points lead in the Quattro Group British Supersport championship this afternoon with another victory in today’s Sprint race.
After a tussle with Bradley Perie and Harry Truelove early on, the Tysers Yamaha ace broke free and stretched a gap – but 25 points nearly slipped his grasp after a dice with backmarkers threatened to break up his win streak.
Perie was quickest off the blocks as he powered into Riches ahead of Skinner and Westmoreland, but by Oggies the Scotsman had grabbed the lead from the Diamond H Racing Yamaha as Lee Johnston slotted into third ahead of Truelove.
But Perie wasn’t done yet and the Cumbrian cut up the inside at Montreal on lap two before Skinner took him back the next time around, but ran wide and allowed Perie straight back through, which gave Truelove a chance to make inroads as he passed Johnston.
Truelove then went for Perie with a move that put him second in the pack and right on the heels of Skinner, while Westmoreland tagged onto the back of Johnston in a three-way fight for third.
While Skinner looked to be under threat from a closing Truelove, he held on and kept the Lincolnshire rider at bay before Truelove ran off at high-speed at the end of the back straight and rejoined just ahead of Johnston on the entry to Coram before Johnston took advantage and moved into second.
By then, however, Skinner was 1.5sec ahead of the pack and it looked to be all over before a backmarker on the final lap shook up the order as Skinner was forced to brake for the lapped Grant Macintosh, allowing Truelove to close the gap.
But as Skinner heard the Truelove Brothers Yamaha approaching, he dropped the hammer and nicked victory by just 0.189sec with Ashcourt Racing’s Johnston pipping Gearlink man Westmoreland for the final rostrum spot. Quattro ABM Racing’s former Supersport champ Alastair Seeley was quickest of the GP2 machines in eighth overall.