Josh Elliott's stock rises as win boosts title charge
Fermanagh Josh Elliott moved a step closer to becoming this year's British Superstock Champion, after taking his fourth win of the season. Success at Cadwell Park yesterday, increases his series lead to 22 points over nearest rival and fellow Ulsterman Alastair Seeley with just three rounds remaining.
The 21-year-old was delighted with victory on his Kawasaki ZX10R, but also a tad disappointed that two red flags and a shortened race at the Lincolnshire venue possibly cost him the chance of extending his lead even further over the Tyco BMW of Seeley.
Speaking afterwards, Elliott, who competes for the Norfolk-based Morello Racing Team, said: "I'm delighted to have got the win at Cadwell. The goal was to get into the lead as early as possible and put in strong consistent lap times, which we did in the first start before the red flag.
"In the restart Alastair and I passed each other back and forth a few times, but I knew I was the quicker rider and made my move on him. I've extended my lead with just three races to go this season, but it could have been a few more had the race not been stopped."
The Ballinamallard racer was referring to Seeley's fluffed start from pole position, which saw the Carrick man drop to eighth, before being thrown a lifeline with the first red flag incident.
As we have come to expect from the double British champion and 15 time North West 200 winner, Seeley didn't make the same mistake twice, and although disappointed with second place, he said it could have been a whole lot worse.
"To come out of Cadwell, which is not one of my strongest circuits, with second place is something I can't be too disappointed with," said Seeley.
"I was a bit lucky to be honest after messing up the original start. Then in the second part Josh seemed to be stronger in the second sector, and that's where he was making the passes on me.
"With Joe Burns also crashing in front of me - I was lucky to miss him - we will take that all day long, and look ahead to Oulton Park.
"With only three races left, I need to win all of them to stand a chance of winning the championship - but it's doable," was how the Ulsterman explained the road ahead at Oulton, Silverstone and Brands Hatch, which concludes this year's 1000cc Superstock series .
It was a bad day all round for the Carrick crew, with Glen Irwin all but seeing his chances of winning this year's British Supersport title go down the pan with seventh place in yesterday's feature race.
The Gearlink Kawasaki rider now trails championship leader Luke Stapleford by a mammoth 91 points and is 37 behind second placed man Kyle Ryde.
Yesterday's race winner Jake Dixon is in fourth place in the championship standings, with Jordanstown's Andy Reid down to sixth, one place behind his TTC Yamaha team-mate James Rispoli - after crashing out yesterday at the Mountain.
Andrew Irwin looked set for a podium on his privately entered MET Healthcare Kawasaki. But just a fortnight after getting shown the door at MWR Kawasaki, he was again in the headlines for the wrong reasons, getting docked five seconds for playing a part in Joe Francis' race crash. The penalty demoted the talented youngster to fourth place.