Despite certain weather forecasts, conditions remained excellent all-round for the second, final IRRC Imatranajo Supersport encounter.
Commanding Open Supersport race winner, Paukku Racing’s Pauli Pekkanen continued his strong form, quickly moving a second ahead of the chasing pack, which early on was led by twice Supersport TT winner Gary Johnson.
By lap four, P2 was occupied by Performance Racing Achterhoek’s Jorn Hamberg, who began to gradually apply pressure to event wildcard Pekkanen.
1.266 seconds covered Pekkanen and Hamberg as lap seven dawned. Czech roads legend Marek Cerveny held third, Johnson had dropped back to fourth, Team Schleizer Dreieck’s Thomas Walther rounded out the top five.
Determined to join the race winners circle this weekend, next generation Dutch roads force Hamberg was giving it everything in pursuit of Pekkanen, as final race proceedings arose.
Keeping a cool head out front, Pekkanen looked good for another Supersport success but then dramatically within touching distance of the chequered flag, his Triumph mount had a major engine blow-up.
This enabled Hamberg to take the race honours with Cerveny, Johnson moving respectively up to second, third.
Walther placed fourth with fifth going to team-mate Sebastian Frotscher.
Others to bank top ten leader board positions were Anssi Koski (6th), Thomas Wendel (7th), Erwan Bannwart (8th), Rico Vetter (9th) and Denmark’s Anders Blacha (10th).
Photo credit: Robby Repsol
Words by Stevie Rial #dontletfearcontrolyou