James Ellison takes dramatic victory at Cadwell Park as Leon Haslam and Jake Dixon crash out
James Ellison won Race 2 at Cadwell Park's British Superbikes weekend, beating Lee Jackson and Peter Hickman into second and third respectively.
The win is Ellison's first of the 2017 season, while Jackson's podium finish is his first in BSB.
The tight and technical nature of the Cadwell Park circuit made for limited overtaking, but there was still plenty for fans to enjoy on the packed Lincolnshire hillsides, not least the remarkable spectacle of 'The Mountain' which saw the riders take flight as they crested the hill in-front of two grandstands and thousands of others.
Two dramatic crashes saw the lead change hands twice in the second half of the race.
Jake Dixon seemed set to take victory after a strong start, only to crash out on lap 9 of 18.
And a similar fate befell the winner of race one, Leon Haslam, on lap 13, with leader Shane Byrne retiring from the race with a mechanical problem on the same lap.
A three-way tussle for the lead between James Ellison, Lee Jackson and Peter Hickman finally saw some overtaking drama, but it was Ellison who won out, taking chequered flag to finish a fine weekend in style.
Earlier on Sunday afternoon, Leon Haslam won Race 1 at Cadwell Park in a thrilling Round 8 race with several riders battling for the victory from early on.
Haslam took the lead at the halfway point of a thrilling race, nipping up the inside at Park Corner to jump ahead of then leader Jake Dixon.
No more than two seconds seperated the leading six riders for the majority of the race, but Haslam kept his composure on the twisting Cadwell Park track to take the victory.
Haslam's win is his seventh at the iconic Lincolnshire venue, maintaining his impressive record of winning at least one race in all of his visits to Cadwell.
Championship leader Shane Byrne, who started on pole, narrowly avoided falling off his bike on lap 2 in a stunning save and recovered to finish third, behind Haslam and Dixon.
However, he could not catch Championship rival Haslam, riding for Kawasaki, and will be looking to edge ahead at the top of the standings again when Race 2 starts at 4.30pm.
Byrne is now only 10 points ahead of Haslam on 219 in the BSB season standings.
BSB Standings After 16 Races
Shane Byrne (Ducati): 219
Leon Haslamm (Kawasaki): 209
Peter Hickman (Smiths BMW): 193
Jason O'Halloran (Honda): 178
Josh Brookes (Anvil Yamaha): 167
Luke Mossey (Kawasaki): 161
Jake Dixon (Reserve Kawasaki): 156
Christian Iddon (BMW Motorrad): 153
James Ellison (McAms Yamaha): 119
Dan Linfoot (Honda): 85