Be Wiser Kawasaki’s Joe Collier grabbed his first Pirelli National Superstock 600 championship after CF Motorsport’s Kyle Ryde ran out of fuel at the last corner on the last lap. The talented youngster would have wrapped up the title with the win after Andy Reid crashed out but Ryde could only manage to push his bike home in 27th.
FFX Yamaha’s Andy Reid took the holeshot before Ryde bounced back and this was the theme of the race. The pair swapped places lap after lap, corner after corner with the pair coming close to clashing together. With seven laps completed, and Ryde in the lead, the safety car was deployed after a big crash involving Mitchell-Thomas and Godfrey.
As the car came in, Ryde and Reid continued their fairing-banging but it quickly turned to disaster for Reid. The Northern Irishman crashed out whilst trying to retake the lead, which appeared to have handed Ryde the Stock 600 crown. He eased in front by three seconds and was within touching distance of second British crown before he ran out of fuel. With just 400 yards to go he began pedalling to the line.
His teammate Ross Twyman was on course for a first podium and for a split second a first victory before he too ran out of fuel and the two CF Motorsport machines were forced to push their bikes to the line. This allowed Joe Collier to storm through and take his first win of the year out of nowhere.
Alongside his win, he managed to take the championship lead. With one round remaining, Collier is one point ahead of Ryde who is three points clear of Reid, meaning whoever wins at Brands Hatch will win the championship.
MWR Kawasaki’s Andrew Irwin took his first podium of the year in second and Spaniard Aleix Aulestia was similarly able to take his first podium in third.
CF Motorsport’s Joe Francis was the only Fitzpatrick bike to see the chequered flag but he then ran out of fuel half way round the slow down lap. Aussie Levi Day got in ahead of Tom Ward by just three tenths of a second to clinch fifth place. Ben Currie took seventh on his Moto-Breakers Kawasaki ahead of Matthew Wigley, Ben Stafford and Dan Stamper.