Chaz Davies has put himself in a position to wrap up the 2011 World Supersport Championship title early as he notched up a fifth win of the season at the Nurburgring, though only after a superb display of defensive riding to fend off the attentions of James Ellison.
Davies had looked on course for a fairly comfortable victory after snatching the lead on lap six when he overtook Ellison, but while he extended his advantage initially, he was reeled in again with ten laps remaining by both Ellison and Gino Rea.
Not that Davies had endured an easy start to the race when he was sat up by his ParkinGO Yamaha team-mate Luca Scassa into the first bend, Davies shuffled down to ninth position as the order shook out.
Up front, Rea had snatched the lead from Ellison, who was enjoying a strong start from fifth on the grid, and Sam Lowes, while pole sitter Fabien Foret paid for a poor getaway in fourth.
Undeterred, Davies quickly worked his way up the order, meticulously picking off his rivals as he flexed his title credentials, eventually culminating in him taking the lead from Ellison – who himself had passed Rea – on lap six.
Davies's pass seemingly signalled the end of Ellison's victory bid, the Bogdanka PTR rider becoming unsettled enough to allow Rea, Foret and Lowes past him, dropping him to fifth.
Nonetheless, Ellison promptly gathered himself again, passing Lowes before capitalising on an error by Foret, one that would drop the Frenchman into the trailing group and out of victory contention. Overtaking Rea again on lap nine, Ellison promptly set off in pursuit of Davies once more.
It was a swift advance, with both Ellison and Rea catching Davies, as well as breaking Lowes behind them, the youngster now left in a lonely fourth place but doing his bit for a provisional British 1-2-3-4.
Unfortunately, hopes of a British lockout were ruined on lap 14 when Rea got crossed up at turn four and dropped the Step Racing Honda. Though unharmed, the bike itself would ignite, giving the Czech team a costly repair job.