Sam Lowes is celebrating after turning in his long awaited first World Supersport Championship victory in ideal surroundings at Donington Park.
The British rider has led many of his 23 career WSS races and had finished eight of those on the podium, but he came to his home round at Donington Park having never tasted the winners' champagne.
Showing impressive form during free practice and qualifying, Lowes's quest for victory looked to have been scuppered when he injured his finger in qualifying, while a poor start come race day piled further pressure on the youngster.
Nonetheless, Lowes calmly worked his way back up the order, taking the lead on lap eight and holding firm to the chequered flag, despite the late attentions of Kenan Sofuoglu. A result that puts him just five points off the overall lead, Lowes was delighted to get his first win under his belt.
"The weekend was a bit tough for me but in the race my Bogdanka PTR Honda was working fantastic so I'm really happy with my first win. I injured my finger yesterday and it's quite painful now but it wasn't a problem during the race itself so I'm happy about that too.
“After taking the lead I was just looking at my pit-board and focusing on lapping as consistent as I could. I upped the pace with two laps to go trying to extend my advantage a little bit and it worked alright so I'm really happy.
“It's great to take my first World Supersport in front of my home crowd and I'm really grateful for the support. There's a bit of a break now which is good as I can sort out my injured finger. I'll be training hard to come to Misano as fit as ever and ready to rock and roll."