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Tommy Hill has increased his advantage in the MCE British Superbike Championship standings after producing a faultless lights-to-flag victory at Oulton Park.
Having dominated qualifying to start on pole position, Hill duly got the hole shot into the opening bend and wasn't headed thereafter, the Swan Yamaha rider proceeding to gap his opponents consistently over 16 laps to finish more than 4.5secs ahead by the chequered flag.
Even so, if Hill's performance up front was certainly calm, the battle raging behind him proving rather more intense as up to six riders disputed what would become the runners-up spot.
Michael Laverty held it initially, ahead of Shane Byrne, Josh Brookes and Ian Lowry, but the race would open up on lap four when Laverty had his Samsung Honda turn around on him as he exited of Brittens, delaying his close-following rivals and allowing Hill's lead to expand from 0.5secs to 2.5secs.
With Lowry also dropping his Padgetts Honda simultaneously in the first part of Brittens, Byrne now held second position, ahead of Brookes and a charging Alex Lowes, who had rocketed up the order from 19th position on the grid to be challenging for the podium by just lap five.
However, his race would come to an unsatisfactory end on lap nine when he became the third Honda rider to drop his bike at the Brittens chicane from a fairly comfortable fourth. Despite this, Lowes has a chance to make amends in race two, his fastest lap on the way up to fourth earning him pole position.
With Hill now five seconds up the road, attention turned to the battle for second place as Brookes placed continuous pressure on Byrne. With podium credits up for grabs, Brookes maintained a watching brief behind the Kawasaki rider before successfully launching his one-and-only passing attempt at the final corner on the final lap.
A good result for both Brookes and Byrne on a day they couldn't maintain the pace of Hill, their performance means the reigning champion has only extended his advantage to 14 points.