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Seeley takes stock in Thruxton thriller

By Roy Harris

Published 03/08/2015

Wizard win: Alastair Seeley pipped local rival Josh Elliott
Wizard win: Alastair Seeley pipped local rival Josh Elliott

A battling performance from Tyco BMW rider Alastair Seeley saw him snatch a last gasp victory over rival Josh Elliott to win yesterday's British Superstock 1000cc race at Thruxton by a tenth of a second, having been down in eighth position at one stage, and claw back five points on the Ballinamallard rider in the championship chase.

Moving through the field it was only on the last lap that Carrickfergus rider Seeley made his move going into the last lap half a second behind the Marello Kawasaki of Elliott.

As the pair headed for the final chicane, Wee Wizard Seeley flew past Elliott out-braking his rival to take the chequered flag by the narrowest of margins.

Seeley said afterwards: "I didn't panic when I dropped back into the pack as I was trying to prolong rear tyre life for the closing stages. It worked out well in the end and although we didn't have an ideal package this weekend we made it work.

"I didn't want to go too early and give Josh a chance to fight back, so it was in the run up to the final chicane I made my move."

A disappointed Elliott said: "I thought we still had another lap to go and did not defend. However I'm still in the championship lead with a 17 point advantage."

It was a good day for the East Antrim contingent with Andy Reid (Monster Yamaha) getting the better of a seven man scrap to grab runner-up position in yesterday's Supersport feature race following fifth in Saturday's sprint race, both races won comfortably by Luke Stapleford.

Newtownabbey rider Reid said: "It was always going to be a race for second all weekend as Luke was on it from first practice. I'm so happy to fight back from ninth in that race to get second and it is great to be fully back to form ahead of the next round at Cadwell Park."

Near neighbour Glenn Irwin had a tough weekend, finishing sixth in the sprint race and fighting back to fourth yesterday on his Gearlink Kawasaki to remain in championship contention although he has dropped back to third, now 66 points behind Stapleford.

Josh Brookes won both British Superbike races comfortably on the Milwaukee R1 Yamaha to take the lead in the championship while Michael Laverty had ninth and sixth place finishes with Tommy Bridewell getting taken out in race one, but bouncing back to take a fighting fourth in race two, both Tyco BMW riders now inside the all-important top six in the championship.

Jack Kennedy produced his best ever BSB result with seventh in race one, but the Dubliner crashed out of race two uninjured.

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