Challenging mixed conditions were in prospect for Hilton Car Sales Supersport speedsters, as the opening middleweight class encounter of Armoy 2022 took centre stage.
As with the prior Lightweight Supersport race, red-flags arose early again this time due to a two-rider incident.
Once a moderate delay to proceedings ended, racing re-started with a reduced six-lap distance.
Pole sitter, pre-race favourite Davey Todd grabbed the early initiative but on lap three he wasn’t P1.
Starting from the second wave of riders, Wilson Craig Racing’s Darryl Tweed on aggregate timing had taken the lead.
Tweed maintained first on lap four, moving almost a second ahead of 2019 IRRC Superbike Champion Todd.
Whilst Tweed kept P1 across lap five, he was rapidly been reeled in by Milenco by Padgetts Todd.
Ultimately despite a valiant effort, Tweed had to settle for second at the race’s conclusion as Todd via tenacious race craft snatched race honours.
Just 0.315 covered Todd and Tweed at the chequered flag whilst sub 1.9 seconds covered the top five finishers with the final place on the podium gained by Adam McLean.
Dominic Herbertson took fourth, Paul Jordan took fifth as Michael Browne, new McAdoo Kawasaki signing Derek Sheils, Michael Sweeney, Graham Kennedy, Dermot Cleary finalised the top ten from an absolute Supersport cracker.
Photo credit: Derek Wilson
Words by Stevie Rial #dontletfearcontrolyou