Steve Plater has won the shortened British Supersport race at Snetterton
Snetterton British Supersport: Steve Plater wins in his first 600 circuit race of the season
15 June 2008 16:08
Steve Plater has taken the British Supersport win in his first 600 circuit race of the season in a shortened race after the red flags were brought out at Snetterton for a crash.
Plater had been battling throughout the race with Glen Richards, who finished second, while an emotional James Westmoreland took the final podium spot and his first British Supersport podium just days before his 20th birthday.
The first corner pile up that is always a concern did happen with two riders colliding at Riches. But it was Glen Richards who was in to the lead from pole ahead of Isle of Man TT Supersport race winner in second.
James Webb was the next victim to crash out on lap two off the Padgetts Honda at Russells. Up front it was Hudson Kennaugh who was now in second ahead of Plater as Paul Young was another crash victim on lap three.
Plater was back in second by the end of lap five as the clouds over the Norfolk circuit darkened and on lap eight Plater got the better of the Triumph Daytona 675 mounted Richards to take the lead.
But Richards had not given up and was battling all the way, taking the lead once more on lap nine. As the front pair continued to battle for the lead, teenager James Westmoreland got the advantage over Hudson Kennaugh to take third on lap 12.
Plater retook the lead on lap 13 and the race was red flagged because of a big crash on the following lap and Midge Smart was taken to the circuit medical centre after with minor head injuries.
With the last full lap recorded at lap 13 and passed two thirds distance, Steve Plater was declared the winner ahead of Richards and Westmoreland.
In the championship Richards now leads HM Plant Honda’s Steve Brogan by 30 points.
Snetterton British Supersport race top ten results:
1 Steve Plater AIM Yamaha
2 Glen Richards MAP Embassy Triumph
3 James Westmoreland Centurion Honda Racing
4 Hudson Kennaugh Raceways Yamaha
5 Ian Lowry Relentless Suzuki
6 Steve Brogan HM Plant Honda
7 Ashley Beech Colin Appleyard Yamaha
8 Chris Martin Gearlink Kawasaki
9 Rob Frost Team Buff
10 BJ Toal Virgin Media Yamaha