Jack Kennedy and Alastair Seeley go head in the sixth round of the British Supersport Championship at Snetterton today and tomorrow, separated by just four points in the Dubliner's favour.
Kennedy, the defending champion, scored a double win last time out at Knockhill while Seeley failed to score in the Sprint race after being taken out by Sam Munro and managing only a fourth position finish in the feature race.
"Doing the Donington World Supersport wildcard was great for us as a team," the Integro Appleyard rider said. "It kept me sharp during the break and brought me on racing against those boys. I love Snetterton as a track and I did the double here last year and it is great to be fastest after the first two sessions."
Seeley (EHA Yamaha) had been fastest in yesterday's opening session, 0.047 seconds ahead of his rival, but in session two Kennedy upped the pace and put in a time of 1m 52.276 on his 10th of 14 laps, with Seeley dropping to third fastest, a fifth of a second behind Kennedy and 0.027secs behind Kennedy's team mate Brad Jones.
Lee Johnston ended the day sixth fastest on the Ashcourt Racing Yamaha, two seconds off Kennedy's pace.
Michael Laverty, deputising for the injured Keith Farmer in the Tyco BMW team, was 12th fastest in the second Superbike session with Christian Iddon, recovering from Knockhill injuries, down in 18th.
Fastest was championship leader Scott Redding on the Be Wiser Ducati on his first visit to the Norfolk circuit, emphatically silencing the doubters in his 'rookie' BSB season.
In a damp second practice for Superstock 600cc machines Ballynahinch rider Korie McGreevy was second fastest behind Shane Richardson while championship leader Eunan McGlinchey was sixth fastest, less than a second off Richardson and upping his pace by almost two seconds from the opening session.
In Superstock 1000cc, Tyco BMW's Andy Reid upped his pace by one and a half seconds from session one, jumping from fifth to third fastest behind Richard Cooper and Taylor Mackenzie.
Flying Kiwi Bruce Anstey is set to make an emotional return to competitive racing at next months Classic TT as part of a three-man Milenco by Padgetts Team, alongside Conor Cummins and Davey Todd.
Out of action since the 2017 Classic TT fighting serious illness Anstey has put that behind him and will ride a RS 250cc Honda in the four-lap Dunlop Lightweight Classic TT race.
After an impressive debut for the PHOENIX Tools Apico Kawasaki team at last week's MX Nationals at Canada Heights, Jason Meara continues to deputise for the injured Gert Krestinov at the sixth round of the Maxxis British Motocross championship in MX1 at Hawkstone Park tomorrow.