The battle for the final podium slot was hotly contested. Eventually it was Sykes who emerged on top after fighting his way up to fourth, where he would embark on an enjoyable tussle with Harris, the Yamaha rider gamely holding on for what would have been only a second podium result this year.
Eventually Sykes passed Harris on lap 14 at Copse, leaving the Rob Mac Racing rider to slip into the clutches of race one winner Leon Camier, who had a quiet start to the race before battling back into contention. Passing Harris for fourth on the penultimate lap, Camier almost caught Sykes too, but had to be content with just missing out on the podium.
Harris finished a still satisfying fifth, ahead of Ellison and Rutter, the pair fading in the latter stages after strong starts. Still, their cause was aided by the elimination of Michael Laverty, who was on the verge of sixth place when he came down at Brooklands for the second time today, albeit unassisted this time.
Simon Andrews completed a strong day in eighth, with Billy McConnell and Jason O'Halloran rounding out the top ten after Gary Mason was disqualified [see separate story]. It meant John Laverty claimed Cup honours in 15th place overall.