Shakey wins race one at Donington
Shane 'Shakey' Byrne opened the Showdown at Donington Park with a storming victory to move back to the top of the standings by just two points from arch rival Leon Haslam who finished second.
At the start of the race James Ellison had taken the initial advantage from his team-mate Haslam, Byrne and Christian Iddon. Byrne was instantly on the attack though and moved into second with a move at the Hairpin on the second lap.
The Be Wiser Ducati rider then waited a lap later to make a pass on Haslam with a dive down the inside at the Esses to hit the front of the pack. It was on the same lap that Title Fighter Luke Mossey run straight on into the Esses before retiring to the pitlane with a brake issue.
Byrne and Haslam then pushed on at the front, with the four-time champion gradually edging a gap on his main title rival to win the race. The battle for third went down to the final laps and Honda Racing’s Jason O'Halloran was pushing to move back into the top three. The Australian waited until there were just three laps to go before pulling off a move into the Esses and then fending off the JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider.
Peter Hickman was able to fight off Richard Cooper and Dan Linfoot in an intense battle for fifth place with Christian Iddon holding eighth after dropping back down the order with an off track moment at Goddards earlier in the race. John Hopkins and Michael Laverty completed the top ten.