Scott Smart made history for Vivaldi Racing at Donington Park on Sunday, when he cleverly mastered treacherous race two conditions to take the team's first ever Bennetts British Superbike victory.

Having guided his GSX-R1000 to tenth in race one, which was stopped early when rain arrived, Smart played the soaking wet weather to his advantage in race two - rocketing from eleventh on the grid to sixth by the end of lap one, then closing fast on the leading pack.

With riders falling off all around him, Smart remained focussed and went on to overtake reigning champion - and race one winner - Gregorio Lavilla for second on lap five, then out-braked the Spaniard's Airwaves Ducati team-mate Leon Haslam at the Foggy Esses for the lead a few corners later.

With an open track now ahead of him - and despite a late resurgence from Haslam - Smart kept a cool head to taste BSB victory for the first time since Mallory Park 2004, by just 0.576secs at the chequered flag.

"It's fantastic! It's the first time that the Vivaldi team have had a podium and I think the team deserves it, they've worked so hard, so to be able to reward them with a race win is fantastic," Smart told Radio. "We did some set-up changes on the grid - literally - just suspensions changes and it worked, thankfully, because you can't go back after that can you!"

"I'm a bit emotional at the moment really, and just over the moon for all the lads," added Vivaldi technical manager Norris Farrow. "We've all worked really, really hard for the past three months and this is our just rewards for all the effort that has been put in."

In a race with so many high profile fallers, Smart also had his fair share of scares and - although he kept his Suzuki on two wheels - the Briton still ended the day with an ice pack on his left leg...

"Out of Goddard's a couple of time I got really, really sideways - once when I was behind everybody, and I lost a lot of time on them before eventually catching them back up - and then it happened again when I was leading and that meant Lavilla pulled alongside. But I wasn't going to let him by on the brakes!

"I've ended up with an ice pack on my left leg - I've torn the muscle - it was fine while it was warm during the race, but it's a very cold day and it's gone very stiff and swollen up. I've just gone to the medical centre and they've said 'you mustn't stop moving it this week otherwise Thruxton (next weekend) will hurt you!' " he smiled.