4 May 2009
Camier resists Harris for Oulton win
Leon Camier has won his second ViSK.com British Superbike Championship race of the season after coasting to victory in the Oulton Park opener.
The Airwaves Yamaha rider started from pole position, but while a tardy start left him fourth on the run down to the opening corner, it would take just six laps for him to regain the advantage and win by just over a second.
Karl Harris rallied hard to record his first podium of the season in second, while Sylvain Guintoli resisted Stuart Easton for third on his Oulton Park debut.
With patches of damp prompting the race to be declared wet initially, Easton led away from Harris, but he would enjoy the position for only a single lap before it was red flagged.
An accident for John Laverty at Hilltop was the reason, but while the Buildbase Kawasaki rider was knocked out briefly, he had regained consciousness as he was taken to the medical centre.
With a full restart called, there was brief drama on the grid when Camier's bike was wheeled off onto the grass as the field pulled away onto the warm-up lap. Nonetheless, he was able to get the bike fired up again to resume his place on the grid.
Even so, it was Easton and Harris again who sprinted into the lead from the lights, followed by Glen Richards, Camier and Simon Andrews.
Camier didn't take long to dispatch the HM Plant Honda rider, catching Richards unawares at Shell to slip up the inside, while Andrews capitalised to follow him through into fourth. Buoyed by his strong start, Andrews promptly launched an attack on Camier, passing him at Cascades, only for Camier to regain the position almost straight away.
With Andrews maintaining the pressure, Camier pushed on to join the battle for the lead, which had now swung in favour of Harris after he passed his team-mate at Lodge at the end of lap two. By the end of lap three, Camier would repeat the same move on Easton to go off in search of Harris.
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