Tommy Hill has taken an early lead in the 2011 MCE British Superbike Championship standings after holding Ryuichi Kiyonari and Shane Byrne at bay to win race two at Brands Hatch.
Having finished second in the opening race, despite being caught up in Michael Laverty's accident, Hill's charge up the order was rewarded with pole position, alongside his team-mate, for race two.
However, it was Byrne that got the better start, leading into Paddock Hill Bend, ahead of Hill, Laverty and Kiyonari, the Japanese rider getting a good getaway from sixth position.
On the hunt for a double victory, Byrne was not allowed to get away from the pack, though Hill's tight lines would continue to be repelled by Byrne's equally precise riding.
In the end it would take a bold move at Druids for Hill to move ahead on lap 14, the Yamaha man slipping beneath the Honda and grabbing the lead.
Byrne gave chase and stayed close to the Yamaha rider, in contrast to Laverty, who was beginning to fall away and delay Kiyonari.
The reigning champion would eventually get the better of Laverty on lap 22 and would immediately set upon catching the leading duo, a feat he managed with just four short laps remaining.
Running out of time to find his way back past Hill, Byrne eventually planted his move for the win on the penultimate lap, but his effort at Paddock Hill Bend was undone by him running wide and allowing both Hill and Kiyonari through.
Heading into the final lap, it was Kiyonari's turn to pressure Hill into a mistake, but while he showed his rival a wheel at McLaren, Hill would hold on for victory by a mere tenth of a second.