Jordanstown’s Andy Reid clawed his way back to within one point of Tarran Mackenzie in the British Supersport Championship title race after a double victory at Thruxton.
Saturday’s ‘Sprint’ race saw the Quattro Plant Cool Kawasaki rider take the lead on the ninth lap before edging away to take his third win of the season and he then made it four in Sunday’s ‘Feature’ race.
Starting from the second row of the grid for Sunday’s feature race, Reid moved into the lead early on but on the 12th lap, he dropped back to second and had to do the hard work all again.
Fighting back, he regained the lead on the 14th of 16 laps to take a superb double victory and move back up to second overall in the Championship.
Andy said afterwards: “I dug really deep for this round and after the disappointments of late, it’s fantastic to win again.
“When I was sat on the line on Saturday, I knew I needed the win no matter what and that was my approach throughout the race.
“I had good pace throughout, especially when the tyres started to lose their grip, but it was really hard work with the heat.
“Our race pace was stronger than our single lap pace but in the second race on Sunday there wasn’t much grip out there and there was nothing left at the end.
“It’s four years today since my dad passed away and I dug even deeper so the second win’s for him. It’s an emotional day but it feels good to be back on top.”
Carrick’s Andrew Irwin was making his debut for Gearlink Kawasaki in the British Supersport series and finished both races in 9th place.
He said: “A small problem in qualifying saw me down in 21st place on the grid which made the sprint race hard work but in the feature race
“I got away with the leading group but slipped back to ninth by the flag.
“I’m feeling a lot more comfortable on the Kawasaki and hopefully I will be back at the sharp end at the next round at Brands Hatch.”