Leon Camier has extended his lead in the ViSK.com British Superbike standings after leading Airwaves Yamaha's first 1-2 result of the season at Donington Park.
A fourth consecutive win for the 22-year-old, Camier worked himself back into contention following a laboured getaway from pole position, snatching the lead from team-mate James Ellison on lap five to win by a comfortable margin.
His cause was undoubtedly aided by an unusual incident before the start of the race when Camier's sparring partner so far this weekend, Sylvain Guintoli, was eliminated during the sighting lap on the run up to the grid.
The Frenchman suffered a coming together with HM Plant Honda's Josh Brookes, who suffered a 'failure in the operation of the brake system' at the Melbourne hairpin, sending both riders down.
Guintoli was subsequently stretchered away from the circuit with what has now been confirmed as a broken leg [see separate].
Starting with a gap in second where Guintoli should have been, it was third place Ellison that got away best from the lights, the Yamaha winning a drag race to the opening corner ahead of the fast starting Chris Walker and Stuart Easton. Pole sitter Camier rounded Redgate in fifth.
Buoyed by his quick getaway, Walker promptly began applying pressure to Ellison for the lead, feigning moves at the Melbourne Hairpin and then again at the start of lap two. However, Ellison would resist, moving away from the feisty Motorpoint/Henderson machine as he dealt with pressure from Easton and Camier, the latter up to fourth after taking Glen Richards by the end of the opening lap.
Camier's relentless charge continued on lap two, relieving Easton of third before moving up to second on lap three by planting a move on Walker at the Fogerty Esses.
Setting off in pursuit of Ellison, who had now pulled out a comfortable buffer to those behind, Camier needed just two more laps to work his way up to his team-mate, completing the inevitable by passing at the chicane and assuming a lead that would not be challenged for the remainder of the race.
Instead, the battles further behind occupied much of the attention, with Walker attempting to hold off the attentions of Simon Andrews – up to fourth after dipping beneath Easton in an opportunistic move at McLeans -, the Hydrex Honda, Richards, Karl Harris and Julien Da Costa.