Kyle keeps his nerve to earn first win in series

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Jacksdale’s teenage race star Kyle Ryde returned to action in fine style at the weekend to claim his first ever win in the 600cc Superstock series in only his fifth ever race in the competition.

Competing aboard the Pace dayz machine of the Alfreton-based Craig Fitzpatrick team (CF Motorsport), this series is a support race for the British Superbike championship and the weekend’s round was at Norfolk’s Snetterton circuit.

Kyle’s weekend got off to a flying start with a good third position in free practice and then on the Saturday’s two qualifying sessions, Kyle was third in the first qualifying, followed by an even stronger second session where he claimed first and on combined times was rewarded with his first ever pole in a 600cc race.

On Sunday’s race day, Kyle went straight into a commanding lead with Andy Reid in hot pursuit. The main pack settled down, but for Ryde and Reid this was going to be a two-horse race.

By lap six, Kyle was in front but by only 0.18 seconds and had set the fastest lap of the race, while Mason Law in third was several minutes back.

As Kyle was chasing the rear end of Reid’s machine going into the closing stages, he was also planning his grand finale and as the matching pair entered the next to last bend, Kyle made a move up the inside line and held this line.

As he exited the final corner onto the finish straight, Reid tried to fight back, but to no avail and the youngster from Jacksdale took his first ever 600cc Superstock Race win, placing him third overall in the championship.

Kyle’s next round in this series will take place at the Scottish Knockhill circuit, on the weekend of June 27-29.