Hawick Supersport supremo Stuart Easton became British Champion on Sunday in the most dramatic of fashions.
Taking a 19-point lead into the final round of the 600cc Championship at Brands Hatch, Easton knew he had to keep the pressure on nearest rival Alistair Seeley if he wanted to lift the title he last won in 2003.
With two races over the weekend, and 25 points for a win, the title fight went right down to the wire.
Technical problems in Saturday’s 10-lap spirit race saw Easton finish in 11th with Seeley, in second, cutting the lead down to just three points.
Starting 11th on the grid on Sunday threw up another challenge for the Borders bike ace and, with Seeley in pole, he knew there was work to do.
Totally focussed, Easton began to make his way through the chasing pack before the rain came down and the race was red-flagged and reduced to 15 laps. With some having to contend with back markers, Easton got to the front, still under immense pressure from Seeley.
As the rain got heavier he continued to give it his all, risking his own safety as others crashed out around him, until a second red flag stopped the race and handed the Hawick lad the title.
“It was a nervous couple of days,” said Easton.
“Everyone was working out the stats, but I knew if I won the race then I would be the champion – it was a simple as that.
“Conditions were far from ideal and a red flag is not the way anyone wants to see the season end, but I was in front when it mattered and I’m delighted to be 2013 British Supersport Champion.”
Easton also thanked his Mar Train team for making it possible for him to take the Championship.