British Superbikes fans flocked to Cadwell Park on Sunday to see Josh Brookes deliver an imperious double race win.
His performances maintained his winning momentum in the British Superbike Championship with just the triple-header at Oulton Park now remaining before the title-deciding showdown.
The Milwaukee Yamaha rider had blitzed the lap record to secure his third pole start of the season and carried his pace into the two races.
In the opening race the Australian had hit the front of the pack ahead of Luke Mossey on the Quattro Plant Kawasaki, but his charge was briefly halted when the safety car was deployed after Danny Buchan crashed at the Mountain. The 22-year-old was unhurt, but saw his hopes dashed of a season’s best finish.
Brookes re-established his advantage when the race resumed, setting the fastest lap to win from home rider Peter Hickman who enjoyed his first podium finish of the season.
Billy McConnell powered the Smiths BMW team to their first-ever podium in the top class as the reigning Motorpoint British Supersport champion finished third after an incredible last lap move on Tommy Bridewell at the bottom of the Mountain.
Bridewell was pushed all the way by his Tyco BMW team-mate Michael Laverty and Shane Byrne whose woes continued for a second round as he struggled in sixth place on the PBM Kawasaki.
Brookes provided an action replay next time out, leading the pack while Hickman returned to the podium in second place with Bridewell in third ahead of Byrne, Mossey and McConnell.
Brookes leads Byrne by 39 points in the overall standings and just four in the all-important Podium Points score. The leading pair have both already qualified for the final three-round showdown, but the scrap for the final four places is set to intensify in the decisive triple-header at Oulton Park.