While Leon Haslam may have been the most relieved person following the latest round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Knockhill, Karl Harris was probably the happiest after climbing onto the podium for the first time this season.
Harris's bad luck this season has been well documented, with various injuries and mechanical failures, as well as a self-inflicted falls, culminating in him being classified well outside the top ten overall despite having shown top five pace.
Nonetheless, following on from his latest disappointment in the World Supersport race when he crashed out whilst running fifth, Harris was embarking on a quiet weekend at Knockhill, qualifying ninth and finishing seventh in the first race.
However, with the changeable conditions of the second race favouring the brave, Harris was on fine form, dicing for third place until the race was stopped early. Although he lost the fight with Michael Rutter, the retirement of Shane Byrne further up the road was all the Rob Mac Racing rider needed to score his first podium of the season.
Crediting the win to Rob McElnea's unborn 'lucky charm' baby, Harris was thrilled to get back to the rostrum once again.
"At last! I'm really pleased to be up here again, it's something that we have worked for all season, we all know the story so far this year with me so I'm well happy. Just before the race Rob's girlfriend Susan got me to kiss her baby bump for luck, it worked, so I'll thank her for that!
“The choice to run slicks for the restart was a gamble that paid off for us. It's mega to repay Rob and the whole team at last, they've believed in me and worked so hard for me this year."
McElnea was also pleased to be celebrating a podium finish once again in what has been a torrid season so far for the team.
"We'll take that! We'd had a real tough weekend up until now as Knockhill's not the easiest place to come to especially with the conditions that we've all faced. However, the luck was on our side for once. We'd had a lack of dry time and Karl struggled as a result in race one. We made a number of changes for the second and he responded well.
“We had a chat during the stoppage and put Karl back out on slicks. Karl's confidence grew throughout the second part of the race. He knew he had to get past Rutter at the start and push pretty hard. It was good to see him back to how we know he can ride the bike.
“The Airwaves guys had a taste of the bad luck we've suffered all year, but it's great for Karl and the team to be on the podium and full of confidence ahead of our home round at Cadwell Park."