STK: McConnell leads series after opening round

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Billy McConnell leads the 2018 Pirelli National Superstock 1000 standings after the first three races of the season at Donington Park.

The Buildbase Suzuki rider won both parts of Sunday’s Donington 100 race before finishing fourth in the wet third outing on Monday to take a four-point lead over Tyco BMW’s Keith Farmer, who finished on the podium in all three of the weekend’s races.

Joe Collier sits third in the overall standings after stunning wet podium on the EHA Racing Aprilia, ahead of Josh Elliott and team-mate Andy Reid, who fought back from a DNF in the two-parter to take an emotional victory in Monday’s wet third race as he returns from the nasty broken leg suffered at Silverstone last year.

Veteran Michael Rutter sits fifth in the standings after narrowly missing out on a rostrum in the wet race while Team IMR BMW’s Chrissy Rouse rounds out the top six.

Former STK1000 champion Alastair Seeley sits tenth in the standings after two fifths on Sunday and 13th on Monday, while Lee Jackson, who returns to Superstock from the Superbike class, finished 13th, 15th and 11th in the three races respectively. 

Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

Former sports reporter covering British Superbikes, World Superbikes and road racing