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Camier resists Easton for 18th victory

11 October 2009

Leon Camier has ensured he will come away from the 2009 British Superbike Championship having won at least one race per round after triumphing in the second encounter of the weekend at Oulton Park.

The new champion put on a confident performance in tricky conditions around the Cheshire circuit, working his way up the order from fourth before resisting the last lap attentions of Stuart Easton.

An 18th victory of the season for the Airwaves Yamaha rider, he began the race slowly once again again, slotting into fourth behind Easton, Tommy Hill and James Ellison. As a measure of Camier's ability to work his way to the front, 17 of his wins have occurred despite the fact he hasn't been leading into the first bend. Easton, on the other hand, has managed led into turn one 14 times…

With Hill losing out to Ellison by Cascades, the front group quickly divided into Hydrex-Airwaves-Hydrex-Airwaves before Ellison swept into the lead at Lodge towards the end of the opening lap.

From here, Ellison quickly began to stretch his advantage, the Cumbrian pulling Easton along with him as the pair established a gap over Hill, Camier and Guintoli.

Eventually, Camier would scramble his way past Hill on lap three before promptly working his way back onto the tail of both Easton and Ellison, the two having closed up again after a brief attempt by Ellison to put air between himself and his rival.

Quickly putting the pressure on Easton, Camier slipped through decisively on lap seven at Lodge, the Scot offering the merest of gaps to allow his sparring partner to pounce.

Ellison was proving a more difficult prospect though, the damp circuit from earlier showers offering up few dry patches off the racing line. Nonetheless, Camier eventually made his move on the inside of the Island left-hander before holding his line into Shell.

He timed the move right too after a blow-out for Ian Lowry just behind necessitated a safety car to give marshals the chance for a quick inspection.

With the all-clear given after just a single lap – so brief in fact that the tail-enders hadn't even had the chance to close up properly -, Camier, Ellison and Easton resumed their battle.

While it was Ellison that looked most likely to upset the current order as he hustled Camier, it was in fact Easton who would strike back with a perfectly executed out-braking manoeuvre into Hizzy's.

Buoyed by his superb last gasp victory in race one, Easton set about repeating his feat as the trio entered the final lap, the Scot identifying the Hizzy chicane again as the place to make his move. Camier was wise to it though, moving to the inside and forcing Easton to the outside of the bend.

Although he got alongside, there was no chance for Easton to get ahead, Camier proceeding to hold steady through Druids and Lodge to cross the line a winner by just 0.3secs.

With just a second covering the top three, Ellison crossed the line in third to make up for the podium he missed out on during the first race, while fourth for Hill ensured Airwaves Yamaha and Hydrex Honda would once again lock out the leading positions.

Guintoli had been ahead of Hill at the half-way stage of the race, the Frenchman enjoying his best run since returning from his leg injury, but would drop behind the former World Superbike rider to settle for a second fifth of the weekend.

One of the few to take advantage of the safety car period, John Laverty emerged as the best of the Kawasaki contingent on his Buildbase machine after catching and passing the HM Plant Honda of Josh Brookes, the Australian nonetheless keeping hold of fourth in the standings with just one race remaining.

Michael Rutter did his qualifying position justice on this occasion to finish a comfortable eighth on the Bathams Ducati, ahead of Simon Andrews and Glen Richards.

Eleventh position for Tommy Bridewell, meanwhile, saw him claim the honours in the Cup category, ahead of Gary Mason and Tom Tunstall.


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