Billy McConnell powered to his second victory in as many races to underline his late bid for the Motorpoint British Supersport Championship crown as he finally overcame the determined Flying Scot Stuart Easton in a race long thriller in the Sprint race at Donington Park.
Riding the Martrain Yamaha, former champion Easton had made the running for the first half a dozen laps before McConnell pushed ahead through the fast Craner Curves but the Smiths Gloucester Triumph rider was not able to hold the upper-hand for long. Easton fought back regaining the lead at the Esses but again McConnell came back and riding hard took the victory by half a second
Easton took consolation at finishing second best as he pegged vital points on his key title rival Alastair Seeley, who already sore from a tumble in the previous round at Cadwell Park took a further blow when he crashed in the wet Friday free practice.
Despite an injury to his right arm he took ninth place on his Gearlink Kawasaki but his lead over Easton was cut to nine points.
Defending champion, Australian Glen Richards, on the second Smiths Triumph, took his first podium finish of the campaign in third place ahead of Gearlink Kawasaki rider Ben Wilson and Graeme Gowland aboard the Appleyard Macadam Doodson Yamaha.