MALLORY PARK'S Race of the Year was won by Parkalgar Honda Supersport rider Sam Lowes, taking victory ahead of 1,000cc Superstock and Superbikes aboard his Honda CBR600RR.
Battling with PTR stable mate and fellow WSS competitor, Lowes beat Fireblade-mounted James Ellison on the way to overall victory.
The race was red-flagged on the second lap when pole-sitter John Ingram BMW crashed out on his BMW S1000RR at Stebbe Straight, taking out Triumph's Christian Iddon in the process.
Bogdanka PTR Honda's James Ellison led on the restart of the 18-lap race and opened a gap, with Lowes in fourth for the opening of the restarted race but quickly moving up to second and bridging the gap to Ellison. The 20-year-old put a hard pass into the hairpin and despite pressure from Ellison for the remainder of the race the Lincolnshire rider took the win by 2.4 seconds. The podium was rounded out by Billy McConnell on a Triumph Daytona 675, 16 seconds adrift.
Adding his name to the Race of the Year trophy, that features the legendary Giacomo Agostini, Lowes also broke the Supersport lap record in the hot and slippery conditions. Speaking on his first race win in 2011, he said: "I have really enjoyed racing at Mallory Park, it has been good fun and I hope the crowd enjoyed the race. I got my head down once I got past James and knew he would push me all the way.
"The hot temperature meant there was very little grip so the outright lap record was always going to be difficult, but I am glad to take the Supersport lap record and my first win of the season - now it is back to the World Supersport Championship and I want to win there next."
Ellison added: "My Superstock Bogdanka PTR Honda was very quick but it wasn't stopping the way I wanted it to and was pushing wide into the corners. I adjusted my riding and it got better but Sam was riding the wheels off his Parkalgar Honda and I couldn't catch him. It's been a good event, I've enjoyed it and now I have scored my first podium of the year I want to repeat that at Brno in the World Supersport Championship, this is something to build on."
The next major race at Mallory Park is the VMCC Festival of 1000 bikes headed by King Kenny Roberts, who is making his first appearance on a race bike in the UK since 1984. For a chance to win tickets to the event, enter here.
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