8 July 2015
Southern 100: Elliott wins as Harrison hit by cruel luck
Ulsterman Seamus Elliott seals a covered victory in the opening Supersport 600 race at the Southern 100 as Dean Harrison retires from the lead on the final lap.
Northern Ireland's Seamus Elliott clinched a dream victory in the opening Radcliffe's Butchers Supersport 600 race at the Southern 100.
The Ballymoney rider capitalised on the misfortune of Mar-Train Yamaha's Dean Harrison, who retired with machine problems on the final lap while holding a lead of more than four seconds.
Elliott, who started the race from row two, managed to keep Russ Mountford at bay to take his first victory in the class at the event, with third going to Manx rider Dan Kneen on the Valvoline Padgetts Honda.
Mountford took the lead on his Triumph on lap one from Kneen, James Cowton, Ivan Lintin and Harrison, who didn't make the greatest of starts on the Yamaha.
However, the Bradford rider began to put the hammer down and set the fastest lap on lap two of 106.220mph as he began to gain ground.
The top five were covered by less than 1.5 seconds and on lap three, Harrison had moved into fourth place behind Kneen as Cowton took over at the front ahead of Mountford.
At the end of the third lap, Cowton led by half a second from Mountford, with Harrison picking off another place to continue his charge on the R6.
Ulsterman Elliott posted the fastest lap at 106.641mph as he began to close in on the leading group
On lap four of seven, Harrison moved into the lead for the first time and led by almost one second from Cowton as they flashed over the line, with Elliott 1.5 seconds behind in third, closely followed by Kneen, Mountford and Lintin.
Harrison set the fastest lap of the race at 107.994mph as he extended his advantage at the front, with the battle for the final podium places raging behind.
Kneen was now into second place, four seconds behind the leader, with Elliott hot in his wheel-tracks and Mountford also in close contention.
Cowton's bid for the podium ended when he came off at Castletown corner.
On the final lap, Harrison appeared to have victory in the bag but was dramatically reported as touring at Great Meadow, gifting the victory to Elliott, who held off Kneen on the brakes at Cross Four-Ways.
Elliott remained at the front to wrap up a superb win at Billown, with Mountford demoting Kneen to third as he secured the runner-up spot.
Lintin crossed the line in fourth place on the RC Express Kawasaki, with Jamie Coward and Billy Redmayne completing the top six.
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