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Kenan Sofuoglu has taken a comfortable victory at Donington Park to strengthen his grip on the World Supersport title race, with PJ Jacobsen second and Randy Krummenacher third.

Despite losing the lead off the line Sofuoglu quickly re-passed Jacobsen on the opening lap at McLeans and rapidly built up a cushion on the chasing pack.

Managing tyre wear the reigning World Supersport champion maintained a two-second lead for the majority of the race before fending off late pressure to claim victory in style.

Jacobsen was therefore forced to settle for second just ahead of Krummenacher who were both well clear of the British trio of Gino Rea, Luke Stapleford and Kyle Smith.

The CIA Landlords Insurance Honda rider struggled with the pace in the first half of the race but Smith clicked into action over the final 10 laps to jump from P11 to sixth place.

Alex Baldolini also enjoyed late gains to take seventh with a frustrated Jules Cluzel in eight ahead of Ayrton Badovini and Lorenzo Zanetti.

Federico Caricasulo just missed out on the top ten places but held off top European Supersport Cup riders Alessandro Zaccone and Illya Mikhalchik.

Roberto Rolfo and Hikari Okubo completed the points-paying places with wildcard Andrew Irwin in 18th and Kyle Ryde on the Schmidt MV Agusta in 21st.

Jacobsen got the jump on pole-sitter Sofuoglu to grab the holeshot into Redgate but his time out front lasted just one lap as the Turkish star reasserted himself at McLeans.

The Puccetti Kawasaki rider, who re-signed with the team for 2017 at the start of the weekend, quickly produced consecutive fastest laps to pull out a two-second cushion on Jacobsen who began to fall into the grasps of Krummenacher.

Behind the rostrum battle British duo Rea and Stapleford traded places with the Profile Racing Triumph slipping to fifth.

Krummenacher moved to within half a second of Jacobsen for the runner-up place but wasn't able to pose a passing threat to the American rider. With a quarter of the race remaining the gap between Jacobesen and Krummenacher began to extend while Sofuoglu measured his pace to stay two seconds ahead and eventually won at a canter.

 

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