Leon Haslam ended his Snetterton winning drought by celebrating the victory in the opening Bennetts British Superbike Championship race of the day at Snetterton as the JG Speedfit Kawasaki snatched the lead from Glenn Irwin with two laps to go.
On the opening lap Bradley Ray had launched off the pole position and into the lead ahead of Irwin but as the pack reached Wilson for the first time there was a collision into the corner and Andrew Irwin, Michael Laverty and the Honda Racing pairing of Dan Linfoot and Jason O’Halloran crashed out of the race.
The BMW Safety Car was deployed following the incident and as the pack formed up ready for the race to resume, Ray lead Irwin, Jake Dixon and Danny Buchan with Haslam holding sixth place.
On the fourth lap the race continued and it was an intense battle for positions throughout the field; James Ellison and Christian Iddon had taken evasive action after the opening lap incident and that put them firmly at the back of the field and needing to claw their way back up the order.
Haslam was on the move and he passed Buchan on the sixth lap and was then on a charge to the front, but it didn’t come easily for the championship leader.