Having begun his day at the back of the grid for race one, Shane Byrne ended the fourth round of the MCE British Superbike Championship on a high with a dominant third win of the season in race two at Thruxton.
Having surged from 33rd all the way up to third position during the first encounter, Byrne was rewarded with pole position in race two by virtue of his fastest lap, a privilege he made the most of as he got away with the leaders into the opening bends.
Though Michael Rutter led initially in what continued to be difficult weather conditions, Byrne was ahead by the end of the opening lap and simply proceeded to pull away relentlessly.
Similarly to the first race, a lead group of Peter Hickman, Rutter, John Hopkins, Michael Laverty, Dan Linfoot and Alex Lowes, plus Tommy Hill, swiftly broke away from the chasing pack as they diced for the leading positions.
Once more it was Lowes, starting tenth this time, that made the swiftest progress, scything his way up the order to run in second position by lap five and lapping at a similar pace to that of Byrne.
However, his hopes of closing down Byrne's already sizeable four second lead came to an abrupt end on lap six when he high-sided on the exit of the Club chicane. Unhurt, though frustrated, it was a disappointing end to an otherwise very positive weekend for the MSS Colchester Kawasaki rider.
Lowes's retirement reinstated Hickman into second position, the Tyco Honda man being chased by Rutter as the race entered its closing stages. Though Rutter pounced for second on lap ten, Hickman promptly responded by retaking the position and pulling away from the Ducati rider.
Rutter's race would then come to a dramatic conclusion just over a lap from the chequered flag when he crashed at Church, the race one podium winner falling at high-speed but walking away seemingly unhurt.
Back at the front, Byrne completed his third victory of the season to complete a satisfying turnaround and further cement his place in the impending BSB shootout.