Leon Camier began his quest to become the first-ever 'triple' British Superbike race winner at Brands Hatch in style by prevailing in a tight exchange with Broc Parkes.
Parkes led in the early stages aboard the factory World Superbike Kawasaki, but was caught and passed at just over the half way mark by Camier, who went on to sprint home for a twelfth win of the season.
Now just one win behind Niall Mackenzie's all-time record of triumphs in a single season, Camier has the opportunity to surpass him should he be victorious in the two remaining races this weekend.
Still, Camier was made to work hard for the win though, the Airwaves Yamaha man getting his customary poor start from pole position, the gradient of the Brands Hatch start line seeing him down to fourth as the field filtered into Paddock Hill Bend.
Instead, it was fellow front row sitter Parkes who got away best, diving into the lead ahead of fellow Australian Karl Muggeridge, the World Superbike exile leaping up from eighth position to follow his countryman around Druids.
James Ellison initially held third, before Camier got the better of him through Graham Hill Bend, the Cumbrian being demoted to sixth by the conclusion of the first lap after being overtaken by Chris Walker and Stuart Easton, the latter up from tenth on the grid.
With Parkes already pulling out a margin over Muggeridge in the lead, Camier wasted no time in disposing of the Honda, passing him on the second lap to go off in pursuit of the Kawasaki.
The second race in succession a Kawasaki has led things out front, Parkes had a healthy advantage over Camier in the initial laps, but the championship leader would quickly begin to make headway, eventually latching onto the back of the ZX-10R with ten laps remaining.
While Parkes put up a defence to his rival for just over a lap, he was unable to prevent him diving up the inside at Druids following the good run down the home straight and through Paddock Hill Bend on lap ten.