John Reynolds led teammate Sean Emmett over the line for a formation finish in race one at Knockhill, with Championship leader Steve Hislop forced to settle for third after a late race scare.

The start of the 28 lap race saw Emmett shot into the lead on the run down to the first turn, while Hislop made an excellent start from sixth on the grid to move into second ahead of pole sitter Reynolds, Michael Rutter and local hero Niall Mackenzie, who got a poor getaway from second on the grid and was forced top defend heavily into the first turn.

Hizzy, who had been struggling all weekend in the wet, was much more comfortable today in the dry and was soon all over Emmett - and took the lead at the tight Taylor's hairpin at the end of the lap, while Reynolds was eager to make up for his poor start and by lap three he was ahead of his teammate and into second.

Meanwhile, Rutter had pulled into the pits briefly with some sort of mechanical problem, before rejoining almost a lap down on the leaders - promoting Mackenzie to fourth.

However, the Clarion Suzuki rider was soon displaced by Paul Brown - then James Haydon, while the top three (Hislop, Reynolds and Emmett) began to break away up front.

By lap five Reynolds was beginning to threaten the red MonsterMob machine, and was clearly lining up his Scottish rival for a potentially race winning move. That move came two laps later when the #3 machine slid inside Hislop into the hairpin - but he ran wide allowing both Hizzy and Emmett through - although Emmett soon yielded second to his teammate.

Lap 10 and Reynolds had finally made a move stick for the lead, with Emmett doing a great job for then Reve Red Bull team by also passing Hislop and protecting his teammate.

Further back the two Suzuki teammates were having a superb battle with Mackenzie retaliating along the home straight whenever Crawford crept inside at Taylor's hairpin. The battle had clearly revived Mackenzie's racing spirit and he had soon re-passed Paul Brown for fifth (behind Haydon) as he began throwing the #88 machine around the 1.2mile circuit.

So, with 10 laps tog o the order was: Reynolds from Emmett, Hislop, Haydon, Mackenzie, Crawford and Brown.

Up front Hislop was really beginning to pressure Emmett for second, and the Englishman was forced to take a precautionary tight line into the hairpin to protect both himself and his teammate - who was only 0.1secs ahead.

Meanwhile, behind the lead trio and fourth placed Haydon, the Crawford/Mackenzie battle was once again on as they fought for the pride of being top Suzuki. Crawford was able to slip inside at the Hairpin - but Mackenzie was always able to muscle ahead by the first turn.

3 laps to go and Hislop saw his chance for second when Emmett ran wide on the run to the Hairpin. However, the Red Bull man held a tight line and looked to have rebuffed the challenge - but Hislop had a better run down the main straight and in a do-or-die move he sliced down the inside, but couldn't make it stick and ran wide through the gravel trap and 3was lucky to keep his MonsterMob machine on two wheels and rejoin the track.

Nevertheless, Hislop was furious with himself, although he had enough of a lead over Haydon to hold onto second while the Red Bull boys cruised home.

Mackenzie duly finished ahead of Crawford dafter a superb race long battle, and then thrilled the local fans with a series of burn-outs (having removed his helmet) on his slow down lap.

Full results to follow...

1. Reynolds
2. Emmett
3. Hislop
4. Haydon
5. Mackenzie
6. Crawford
7. Brown
8. Byrne

 

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