CRAIG Watson and Chris Platt gave the ADSS Kawasaki squad its second win in as many rounds after beating Fastbikes to the No Limits Racing Endurance win by just 15 seconds.
The two teams controlled almost the entire three-hour scrap in Norfolk this weekend before a battle to the wire was cut short with red flags, but victory has put Watson and Platt back in the title hunt as they now sit a mere 11 points adrift of series leaders and Snetterton absentees Cunnington Racing.
After bagging the top spot in qualifying by over five seconds, Fastbikes’ Carl Stevens and Bruce Wilson, ably assisted on Saturday by club ace Luke Hopkins, set up a the head of the field for the traditional Le Mans-style start.
But they were quickly eclipsed on the first lap by Delkevic Racing, headed up by Liam Marchant and roads star Gary Johnson, before snatching the lead back on lap two as ADSS tucked into third.
The Oulton Park winners moved ahead of Delkevic just a few laps later to take over second but by then, the Fastbikes boys were over 22sec up the road.
But ADSS’ turn at the front eventually came as they were handed the lead over an hour into proceedings when their race rivals hit the pits and while the Kawasaki boys made the same trip in moments later, the race settled back out with their lead up to 20sec.
With Fastbikes dropping further off the winning fight and Delkevic holding a steady third, Watson and Platt put in their hottest laps of the race so far to maintain the lead, but it was all change as the clock hands crossed into the final 60 minutes.
Hopkins took the reigns and put in a quick stint to blast Fastbikes back into the lead, but with less than 20 minutes remaining and just after ADSS had reclaimed the top spot thanks to a frantic few laps among the front-runners, NLR chiefs flew the chequered flag along with reds for an incident as the race was brought to a halt and a result declared.
With just 15.023sec to spare after almost three hours, ADSS took their second win on the bounce to move to within spitting distance of the National Endurance 1000 lead.
Just a minute off the overall podium, behind third-placed Delkevic Racing, was On It Racing’s Andrew Stockdale, Lee Devonport and Luke Scott with the Clubman 1000 victory.
British Junior Supersport regular Kade Verwey was temporarily joined by dad Warren, filling in for his other son Luke, as the two chalked up Team XG Racing’s third National 600 win of the season.
Karl Freeth, Jeremy Watson and Sean Kenyon bagged an overall top-10 and the Clubman 600 win in ninth, putting Datasys Racing within two points of series leaders RJS Superbike.
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