Leon Camier has won the 2009 MCE British Superbike Championship with a late victory in the opening race of Sunday's penultimate round at Silverstone.
The 23-year-old needed to score just half a point more than Airwaves Yamaha team-mate James Ellison to wrap up the title with four races still to go, but had to work hard after dropping from pole to fifth on lap one.
Ellison, who had lined-up alongside Camier on the grid, sat an early third behind fast-starting Stuart Easton and fellow Honda rider Josh Brookes, but made his intentions to delay Camier's title celebrations clear by barging past both Brookes and Easton to lead by the end of the opening lap.
Camier made more careful progress, finishing lap one in fourth place before out-braking Brookes for third at the end of the back straight on lap three. Easton then handed Camier second when he ran wide at the same pace one lap later, leaving Camier with a 1.2sec gap to Ellison and 16 laps to go.
Ellison put up stubborn resistance and remained just out of reach of Camier as the halfway mark came and went, but Camier then began to pull tenths out of Ellison's advantage and was ready to attack with 6 laps left.
Camier's first attempt at the lead came under brakes into the Abbey turn at the end of the back straight, but he ran wide - allowing Ellison to slice back underneath him.
Camier then repeated the move two laps later, and again ran wide.
The penultimate lap began with Ellison still ahead - but Camier changed tact, running around the outside through Bridge and then diving for a surprise inside pass into the following Priory left-hander.
The move worked and Camier went on to win the race, and title, by 0.244sec. The young Englishman punched the air with delight as he crossed the line before pulling a series of wheelies and burn-outs for the fans.
As Camier returned to the stadium section at the end of the lap he was greeted by members of his team, who placed a #1 on his bike, before being met by former BSB champion Niall Mackenzie on the entry to pit lane.