Josh Elliott on high after sealing British Superstock 1000cc title
Fermanagh's Josh Elliott was crowned the 2015 British Superstock 1000cc champion following a controversial end to yesterday's penultimate round of the season at Silverstone.
The Morello Racing Kawasaki rider spent the whole race embroiled in a dog fight with a freight train of BMW riders, but was keeping his eye on one man only - main championship rival Alastair Seeley, who was aiming to close down Elliott's 17-point advantage.
Seeley looked to be taking the championship to the final round as he led in the closing stages, but was run off the track in a rush-of-blood move by haughty South African Hudson Kennaugh, who went on to take the victory.
Elliott made the most of it, moving from fourth place to second at the chequered flag, which was enough to take the title after his 10th podium of the year.
The 21-year-old said: "I was shocked when I saw Alastair coming in behind me, and to be told I'd won the championship, I just couldn't believe it.
"Those BMWs gave me a tough time but even when I had three of them in front of me, I didn't panic.
"I knew Hudson was hungry for the win and if I've learned anything this year - especially after the mistake at Brands - it was to be patient. Fair play to Alastair, he was very complimentary afterwards."
MW Combatants Seeley and Kennaugh exchanged words at the end of the race, with the Ulsterman candid in his explanation when quizzed afterwards.
Seeley said: "I kept my cool but got my point across to Hudson who had a bagful of excuses for his rash move. It's hard to believe he's also riding BMW machinery and wipes me out with a crazy move.
"I'm gutted that the championship was decided that way as I fought hard to come back from 10th place to take the lead and the fastest lap. It's been a challenging weekend, but all credit to Josh for winning the championship."
Carrick's Glenn Irwin, who is determined to grab himself a Superbike ride for 2016, won yesterday's British Supersport feature race with Gearlink Kawasaki. He paid tribute to suspension specialists Ohlins, after opting for their hardware this weekend in his ZX6R Gearlink Kawasaki.
"It has transformed the bike for me," said Irwin, who had to shake off affable American James Rispoli on the TTC Yamaha to take the win. Sam Hornsey took his debut British Supersport podium for Profile Racing Triumph in third place.
Portadown's Marshall Neill was 10th overall, the second Evo Supersport bike to finish in the class.
In the British Superbike class, Newtownards-based Josh Brookes edged one step closer to taking his maiden British Superbike title with his fifth double-victory of the season on the Milwaukee Yamaha.
Michael Laverty took a podium finish in successive meetings in race two after placing sixth in the opener.