Joe Irving kept himself firmly in the running for the Motul British Motostar championship despite having to start at the back of the grid at Knockhill.
A technical problem left Iriving staring at the rest of the field at the Scottish circuit, but the Holmfirth 16-year-old accepted the challenge and on the final corner of the final lap attempted to pass leader Jordan Weaving to take the win.
However, given his brilliant ride through the field of 23, he was happy enough with a second place podium finish – though he now trails Weaving by 20 points in the rankings.
“It was great fun coming from the back of the grid like that even if it did make the race very hard work,” said the Redline KTM rider.
“We had an electrical problem that required what is effectively a system reboot and that can take a number of minutes.
“Those few minutes meant that I missed the five-minute window pitlane is open to go to the grid, and the rules state that if you miss the window then you have to start from last on the grid.”
Irving will look to close the gap in the next round at Brands Hatch, on the GP circuit, on July 20.
And Denby Dale racer Tom Tunstall will also be looking for a boost and Brands hatch.
Back in action this season in the National Superstock 1000 Championship, the 36-year-old has been getting to grips with the Doodson Motorsport team’s new Kawasaki and is making steady progress.
There was another encouraging ride at Knockhill with Tunstall finishing 20th.
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