DEAN Harrison made it three wins from three starts in today’s opening S&S Motors 600 race as he held off Jamie Coward to take victory.
The Silicone Engineering Kawasaki rider stormed to the first win of the day after another lengthy battle with his rival of the meeting on the local PreZ Racing machine.
With Dunlop, Herbertson and Nathan Harrison all leaving empty grid spots, Dean got the best start as he launched ahead of Coward.
But it was Wilcock Consulting’s Michael Evans who was first into Cross Four Ways as he surprised the crowds to lead Harrison and Coward.
Evans made a small break as the pack crossed the lie to begin lap two, but Harrison had closed the gap down as they headed for the bypass with Coward, Michael Sweeney and Rob Hodson just behind.
But Evans’ lead was short-lived as Harrison made a move stick on the Manxman and by the start of lap three, Harrison had half a second in hand.
As the reigning champ continued to hold station at the front, Coward shuffled Evans back to third and moved up to within half a second of the leader.
But Harrison slowly edged away and kept Coward at bay and while the latter chopped a couple of tenths off in the closing stages, it wasn’t enough to stop Harrison from his third win of the week.
It was all action a few seconds behind as Irishman Sweeney got the better of Evans on the final lap and fended off the local man to bag his first Southern 100 podium.
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