Ireland's Keith Farmer very nearly lost the Knockhill Superstock 1000 race this afternoon after near-three second lead dwindled to two-tenths on the last lap as local man Jimmy Storrar closed him right down on the last couple of laps.
Farmer, on the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki, had thrashed out a massive lead over Storrar, Victor Cox and Steve Brogan but it was pegged back to just over a second with four laps to go as he struggled with arm pump.
However, he did enough to take the win and head the championship table after Samsung Honda's Jason O'Halloran crashed out with ten laps to go. He went up the inside of David Johnson and Brogan but clipped Storrar on the exit and went down. Brogan himself was challenging early on but faded at the end, looking like he ran out of rear grip.
Black Horse Kawasaki's Cox took the final podium ahead of Johnson, on the Carbontek BMW, and Liverpudlian Brogan. TT legend John McGuinness had a lonely race for sixth place while Howie-Mainwaring-Smart, who is still nursing a plated collarbone, fought through to seventh. Gary Johnson bagged eighth, Josh Day ninth and Adam Jenkinson rounded out the top ten.