Lukas Maurer banked a second IRRC Superbike race triumph at Circuit De Chimay, after holding off a charging Didier Grams.
Never led in the eight lap Superbike race stint, Superstock Kawasaki mounted Maurer held at the end of lap four an advantage of just over 1.8 seconds.
Soon though pressure in abundance was to come from BMW Motorrad supported Grams, who by lap five was only 0.865 in arrears.
Remaining laps would see Grams keep up and some his forward progress, trimming by lap seven with the help of a majestic fastest lap time of sub 1 minute 38 seconds, Maurer’s race lead to just over 0.2 of a second.
Ultimately despite his best efforts, the German road racing great had to settle for second behind the victorious Swiss racer.
Just 0.190 would separate Maurer and Grams, who are separated presently by only 10 points in the early IRRC Superbike series standings.
WRP Wepol Racing’s Marek Cerveny joined them on the podium as Laserscanning Europe backed Joey Den Besten, Laurent Hoffmann, Virgil Amber Bloemhard concluded the top six finishers.
Eddy Ferre placed seventh, Markus Karlsson took eighth, Davy Maes acquired ninth and position no.10 went the way of former Newcomers Manx Grand Prix winner Kamil Holan.
A quick mention as well for the UK’s only representative Mark Purslow, finishing a respectable 15th following another solid, proficient 1000cc racing expedition around Chimay.
Words by Stevie Rial #dontletfearcontrolyou