Parkalgar Honda rider Sam Lowes took a hard-fought victory in the Buildbase Mallory Park Race of the Year at the weekend, scoring a new Supersport lap record at the same time in very hot and slippery track conditions.
The first attempt at the race was red-flagged on the second lap when pole-sitter John Ingram on a BMW crashed out on the Stebbe Straight, taking out Triumph's Christian Iddon in the process. Both riders were fine and the race re-started without them over 18-laps.
It was Bogdanka PTR Honda's James Ellison who made a quick getaway on the restart and he pulled out a gap on the chasing pack. Lowes was fourth on the opening lap but quickly got past the riders in front and set about hunting down Ellison, making a tough overtake into the hairpin.
Ellison looked to come straight back on his PTR stable mate but despite keeping the pressure on for the whole race, it was Lowes who took the win by 2.4seconds.
Billy McConnell on a Triumph was third, 16-seconds behind a delighted Lowes who adds his name to the coveted Race of the Year trophy.
"I have really enjoyed racing at Mallory Park, it has been good fun and I hope the crowd enjoyed the race,” he said. “I got my head down once I got past James and knew he would push me all the way. The hot temperature meant there was very little grip so the outright lap record was always going to be difficult, but I am glad to take the Supersport lap record and my first win of the season - now it is back to the World Supersport Championship and I want to win there next."