CF Motorsport’s Kyle Ryde claimed the Pirelli National Superstock 600 Championship after an epic race long battle with fellow title protagonists, Joe Collier and Andy Reid.
The youngest ever British champion was denied wrapping up the title at Silverstone after running out of fuel on the last lap but he made sure of it this time. The leading three in the championship broke clear and began swapping places lap after lap.
Northern Irishman Andy Reid had settled in to second place behind Ryde before running wide at Surtees at hitting a damp patch. Despite his FFX Yamaha trying its best to throw him off, the tattoo-artist held on and began clawing back in the leading duo.
Three consecutive lap records allowed Reid to make it back up to the leading trio, by which time Be Wiser Kawasaki’s Joe Collier had hit the front.
With two laps to go, Collier ran wide and hit the grass at the same point James Ellison did earlier this year but the championship leader managed to hold on to the tails of Ryde and Reid.
As the trio entered the last lap, Reid tried to dive under Ryde at Druids but there was no way through. Once again he tried around the outside at Dingle Dell but Ryde’s pace was just too hot. The 17 year-old held on to the chequered flag and clinched his second British Championship in three years.
“The best race I’ve ever been involved in. I scared a few people as Joe came past me, thinking had I ran out of fuel again, but I’d just missed a gear. I saw Joe wasn’t so quick around the back part of the circuit so I knew if I could get past him with a lap to go, with a fast lap I could hold them off. It payed off.
“It means everything. Not just to me, it’s everyone. Especially my dad, he’s put money in to my dream since I was five and I can’t thank him enough,” said Ryde, after being presented the crown.