Ian Lowry has taken a sensational maiden MCE British Superbike Championship victory at Thruxton after turning his late move on long-time leader Tommy Hill into a winning pass.
A remarkable result for the Ulsterman, who has struggled for strong results since his breakthrough debut season in 2009, Lowry spent much of the race following Hill, the reigning champion having turned his pole position into a relatively comfortable lead.
However, while Hill was able to pull a large margin over the battle for third position, he couldn't shake the attentions of Lowry, the Padgetts Honda rider maintaining a watching brief in readiness for what was a surprise attack on lap seventeen.
Indeed, having limited his previous efforts to feigned looks around the high-speed Church right-hander, Lowry caught Hill off guard as they rounded Cobb, diving up the inside of the Yamaha to move into the lead for the first time.
Immediately breaking the tow to Hill, Lowry forged ahead over the remaining three laps to cross the line almost three seconds up on his rival.
A superb result for Lowry, whose previous best finish coming into the race was a run to fourth at Oulton Park in 2009, the win also marks a return to the top for Clive Padgett's eponymous team.
Blaming the tyres for his drop in pace over the final laps, Hill was nonetheless satisfied to get points and podium credits on the board following his failure to score at Brands Hatch.
While the top two dominated by a considerable margin, the fight for the third and final podium position raged throughout the race as several riders came and went during the battle.
Michael Rutter had held down third initially before mechanical problems sidelined his MSS Bathams Kawasaki, promoting Michael Laverty into the position for several laps, the Samsung Honda rider having battled his way up from 13th on the grid.