Ben Wilson reignited his title charge with a victory and a second place in front of his home crowd at Cadwell Park over the Bank Holiday weekend.
The Kirton ace took top spot in Sunday’s sprint race, before taking second behind Billy McConnell in Monday’s feature at the Louth track.
Having finished ahead of the championship’s top two Alistair Seeley and Stuart Easton in both races, he’s now just 53 points off top spot and 31 shy of second place with four rounds (eight races) left.
After qualifying in pole position for Sunday’s sprint, the Lincolnshire ace shot away to take up the lead from his Gearlink Kawasaki team mate Seeley – and the pair pulled clear of the pursuing pack.
But on lap five of 12 Seeley made a mistake and crashed heavily at Mansfield, leaving Wilson in the clear.
Easton began to reel in the local hero and managed to pass him on the penultimate lap. But luck was with Wilson as the race was red flagged because of a fallen rider – and he was awarded the win.
Wilson lined up for the feature race at the head of row two, but finished the first lap in the lead once again.
He stepped on the gas and began to stretch his lead from Seeley in second and Easton in third place. By lap five the gap had grown to over three seconds, but once McConnell was able to get past Seeley he gradually reduced the gap to Wilson and on lap 12 he overtook him at Park.
The two remained in very close company throughout the final four laps and Wilson crossed the finish line just a tenth of a second away from making it a double victory.
He said: “It makes a change for Lady Luck to go my way, there have been times when I have been in the lead only to be knocked back to second by a red flag. But a win is a win and I will take that thank you very much.
“The crowd were fantastic, it would have been nice to do the double for them but hopefully I managed to put a bit of a show.”
The next round is at Donington Park on September 6-8.