Ben Currie has multiplied his advantage at the head of the 2023 British Supersport Championship standings after strolling to victory at Cadwell Park as closest rival Rhys Irwin suffered a fall.
A third straight win from the Australian, his latest success from pole position carried the strong form he showed at Thruxton to consolidate his status as the rider to beat in this latter half of the 2023 BritishSSP season.
Indeed, Currie was largely unchallenged as he got the hole-shot into Turn 1 to establish an initial lead over Irwin on the Astro JJR Suzuki.
However, in what could prove to be a pivotal moment in this year's title race, Irwin slid off the GSX-R750 at Farm, putting him out of the race and further into arrears of Currie in the overall standings.
Indeed, despite a late push from Luke Stapleford behind, Currie controlled the race to the flag to secure another triumph for himself and the Oxford Products Racing team on the Ducati Panigale V2.
It means his advantage at the top of the table has swelled from 16 points to 39 points with seven races remaining this season, including Monday's second encounter at Cadwell Park.
Skipping between racing in BSB with DAO Racing and his usual steed on BritishSSP, Stapleford might have had a better chance at catching Currie but for his third row starting position, but a strong start helped him on his way to second, chased home by Tom Booth-Amos on the Gearlink Kawasaki.
Tom Toparis followed home in fourth on the Macadam Yamaha, albeit more than eight seconds from the lead, while Richard Cooper - having started 12th - fought his way back to fifth place.
|2023 British Supersport Championship [BSSP] | Cadwell Park | Race 1 Results | Round 8 / 11|
|1||Ben Currie||🇦🇺||Oxford Products Racing||Ducati Panigale V2||M||12 Laps|
|2||Luke Stapleford||🇬🇧||Profile Road & Racing Performance||Kawasaki ZX-6R||M||+0.433|
|3||Tom Booth-Amos||🇬🇧||Gearlink Kawasaki||Kawasaki ZX-6R||M||+0.557|
|4||Tom Toparis||🇦🇺||Macadam Racing||Yamaha R6||M||+8.318|
|5||Richard Cooper||🇬🇧||PHR Performance||Triumph STR765 RS||M||+9.401|
|6||TJ Toms||🇬🇧||R&R Racing||Yamaha R6||M||+9.875|
|7||Luke Jones||🇬🇧||Highsparks||Ducati Panigale V2||M||+13.832|
|8||Eugene McManus||🇬🇧||Completely Motorbikes||Triumph STR765 RS||M||+20.482|
|9||Jamie Perrin||🇬🇧||Astro JJR||Suzuki GSX-R750||M||+26.208|
|10||Ash Barnes||🇬🇧||Barney Racing||Yamaha R6||M||+28.362|
|11||Cameron Fraser||🇬🇧||Go Racing / CFR||Chassis Factory GP2||GP2||+37.112|
|12||Jack Nixon||🇬🇧||K2 Trooper PHR Performance||Triumph STR765 RS||M||+40.058|
|13||Thomas Strudwick||🇬🇧||Carl Cox Motorsport||Yamaha R6||M||+40.454|
|14||Harry Rowlings||🇬🇧||Go Racing / Nova||Chassis Factory GP2||GP2||+42.118|
|15||Max Wadsworth||🇬🇧||Macadam Racing||Yamaha R6||M||+42.887|
|16||Harry Truelove||🇬🇧||Trulove Brothers Racing||Suzuki GSX-R750||M||+52.549|
|17||Ben Tolliday||🇬🇧||Team Tolly Racing||Yamaha R6||CUP||+54.737|
|18||Josh Wood||🇬🇧||JW Racing||Yamaha R6||CUP||+55.648|
|19||Harvey Claridge||🇬🇧||Go Racing / Nova||Chassis Factory GP2||GP2||+58.950|
|20||Lee Wells||🇬🇧||Lee||Yamaha R6||||+1m 03.674|
|21||Caiden Wilkinson||🇬🇧||CM Racing / Team Xclusiv||Kawasaki ZX-6R||CUP||+1m 04.117|
|22||Ryan Garside||🇬🇧||EG Racing||Yamaha R6||CUP||+1m 04.517|
|23||Charlie White||🇬🇧||True Heroes Racing||Ducati Panigale V2||M||+1m 08.438|
|24||Luke Wallington||🇬🇧||Elmech Racing||Triumph||GP2||+1m 08.642|
|25||Lucca Allen||🇬🇧||Team FR89||Kalex||GP2||+1m 08.792|
|26||Owen Mellor||🇬🇧||Nykos Racing||Nykos||GP2||+1m 29.770|
|27||Jake Marsh||🇬🇧||RD Racing||Triumph STR765 RS||GP2||+1 Lap|
|28||Leon Wilton||🇬🇧||True Heroes Racing||Ducati Panigale V2||M||+1 Lap|
|DNF||James McManus||🇬🇧||Completely Motorbikes||Triumph STR765 RS||M|||
|DNF||Jamie van Sikkelerus||🇳🇱||MPM Routz Racing||Yamaha R6||M|||
|DNF||Eunan McGlinchey||🇬🇧||Eunan McGlinchey Racing||Yamaha R6||M|||
|DNF||Rhys Irwin||🇮🇪||Astro JJR||Suzuki GSX-R750||M|||
|DNF||Zak Corderoy||🇬🇧||Gearlink Kawasaki||Kawasaki ZX-6R||M|||
|DNF||Seth Crump||🇦🇺||Ashcourt Racing||Yamaha R6||M|||
|DNF||Dave Grace||🇬🇧||Peterpan Racing||Yamaha R6||CUP|||
|DNF||Ben Grayson||🇬🇧||Merlin Motorsport||Kawasaki ZX-6R||M|||
|DNS||Casey O'Gorman||🇮🇪||LAMI OMG Racing||Yamaha R6||M|||
|DNS||Joe Collier||🇬🇧||Kramer Racing||Kramer GP2-R||GP2|||
|DNS||Jodie Fieldhouse||🇬🇧||Go Pink Racing||Ariane|