Chaz Davies has taken a potentially definitive step towards the 2011 World Supersport Championship title after holding his own in a hard fought race at Silverstone.
A fourth WSS win of the season, Davies stayed calm as various incidents unfolded around him, the ParkinGO Yamaha rider fending off the attentions of David Salom and Fabien Foret to claim a popular victory on home soil.
A somewhat unexpected win having struggled somewhat through free practice and qualifying, Davies nonetheless manoeuvred himself into a good position at the start, slotting in behind early front runners Florian Marino and Gino Rea.
Third became second when Davies passed Rea on lap two, before overhauling Marino – who had the pleasure of leading a WSS race for the first time – on lap three.
Further back, drama unfolded on lap three after Sam Lowes, running in fifth place after a poor start from second on the grid, clipped the rear-end of Rea's Honda on the run up to Becketts and was catapulted off his bike. Though unhurt, it signalled a disappointing climax to a race he had been tipped to win.
The incident also delayed Rea back to seventh, the Brno race winner nonetheless lucky to stay upright after the impact lifted his rear-wheel off the ground at a fast part of the circuit.
Their collision enabled the top five to break away, Davies leading Marino, Robbin Harms, David Salom – fighting back after dropping from first to sixth initially – and Fabien Foret.
Harms ruled himself out of the equation with a low-speed fall on lap four, while Marino, following a strong first-half of the race, dropped down the order as he began to struggle with tyre wear.
As such, Davies, Foret and Salom disputed the win, with Foret muscling his way to the front on lap ten, only for him to run wide on the exit of the Arena hairpin, allowing both Davies and Salom back ahead of him two laps later.