JOHN Ingram stormed to a double win in NLR’s Pirelli Super Series 1000 class at Anglesey to stretch his lead over reigning champ James Edwards.
The Fleetwood BMW man was forced to settle for two out of three after a DNF in the final race left RTS rider Edwards with victory.
But the top prize kitty nearly went the way of the returning Joe Morphett, who scored 49 points to Ingram’s 50 with a second, third and fourth in his first outing of the year.
Edwards had set a late flyer in qualifying to beat Ingram and David Hall to pole position as Luke Quigley headed up the second row of the grid. And while Edwards got the best start when the lights went out for race one, it took Ingram just over a lap to get to the front.
The two stayed nearly wheel-to-wheel the entire scrap, but Edwards’ last-ditch effort on the final lap caused him to crash as he hit Ingram’s rear tyre and went down. Series leader Ingram cruised to victory over 11sec clear of Morphett, while Luke Hopkins bagged third just a half second further back.
Back out and ready for action, Edwards tucked in right behind Ingram at the start of race two and stuck a pass on the second lap to take over the lead. But lady luck struck again and the Aprilia rider hit the deck with a snapped steering damper just over four laps in, again leaving Ingram to the spoils some four seconds clear of Pro Steel Services rider Hall, with Morphett grabbing third.
Although it looked to be a hat-trick for Ingram as he shot to the front of the final race, it was all over just two laps in as the reigning Thundersport champ retired.
Edwards inherited the lead, but was soon passed by teen Hopkins before the defending champ found his way back past just after the half-way point. And while he stretched a lead of over a second as Hall and Hopkins diced for the runner-up spot, Edwards crossed the line with just 0.761sec to spare ahead of Hopkins as Hall settled for third.
Despite his misfortune in race three, Ingram still managed to stretch his lead over Edwards to 21 points as the series heads to Oulton Park next month.
*Main image: Colin Port
*Side image: Phil Newell