Karl Harris won the ninth round of the British Supersport Championship convincingly from Stuart Easton and Simon Andrews at Oulton Park today.

The Honda Racing star led from start to finish on his CBR600RR to record his fifth victory of the season, break the existing lap record and extend his lead in the series to 45 points.

Harris had qualified second for the 16-lap race at the Cheshire circuit, but he was quickly off the line and into a 1.5-second lead at the end of the first lap. This advantage had been extended by another two seconds after four laps when his progress was temporarily halted by the introduction of the safety car.

Four laps later, the race was back on with Harris picking up where he had left off. The 23-year-old Yorkshireman left the talented Supersport field trailing in his wake using the superior power and handling characteristics of his CBR600RR to best effect.

It was an important victory for Honda Racing to reinforce its advantage in the ultra-competitive series with only three rounds remaining. Harris can now win the British Supersport Championship for the second time in three years if he secures victory at the next round at Cadwell Park.

"I am absolutely delighted to have won at Oulton Park for the second time this season. I'd like to thank the team for all the hard work that they have put into the set-up of my CBR600RR," commented Harris, "We put the emphasis on preparing for the race in practice rather than a one-off fast lap and I guess that it paid off.

"I felt confident before the race and I knew that we would be hard to beat over 16 laps. I rode hard and pulled out a useful lead in the early stages, but then it was all for nothing when the safety car came out. I kept my concentration after the restart and went for it again. I had no problems and that result really makes up for the mistake I made at Mondello Park in the last round."

 

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