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Dennis Hobbs claimed his first race win since 2007 in the opening Ducati TriOptions 848 Challenge race of the weekend at Oulton Park which he followed up with an impressive second victory to become the third different winner of the season.

In the opener, Hobbs had pursued pole-starter and series leader Marty Nutt over the first half of the race before swooping through into the lead to edge out an advantage at the chequered flag by almost two seconds. The fight for the final podium position behind him raged on and it was all change as Leon Morris grabbed second place and then on the final lap Ben Field moved into third at the expense of Nutt. However, Nutt was re-instated to third as Field was penalised half a second, or one position, for a yellow flag infringement.

Field then started from pole for the second race and was eager to make up lost ground but it was Hobbs who snatched the lead on the opening lap. He held off Field for three laps and then piled the pressure on, closing in dramatically in an effort to regain the upper-hand. Hobbs did just that at Lodge on the penultimate lap while Field, trying to reel him in again, crashed out of contention at Cascades on the final lap. Morris came through to take second ahead of Nutt who extended his lead to nine points over Jonathan Railton who ran fifth and then fourth in the two races.

Hobbs said: "Two wins in a weekend - there's not much better than that! The first race was good but it was hard work too and then in the second I was feeling comfortable and settled into a nice rhythm."

Nutt added: "It was a tough weekend so to come away with two thirds is pleasing. I was able to make it ten podiums from ten races and extended our lead which is the main thing."

Darren Fry still maintains his fifth position in the overall standings following an eighth and sixth placed finish with Mike 'Spike' Edwards now four points adrift of sixth with three rounds of the season remaining.

Louis Dawson also made his race debut in the Challenge at Oulton Park; as the youngest rider on the grid (17), he narrowly missed out on a top ten finish with an eleventh place in race two.

Ducati TriOptions 848 Challenge, Oulton Park, race one result:

  1. Dennis Hobbs (Hobbs Racing)
  2. Leon Morris (Stockbridge Racing) +1.890s
  3. Marty Nutt (Ducati Coventry/JHP) +2.335s
  4. Ben Field (Rapido Sport Racing) +2.463s
  5. Jonathan Railton (Boast Plumbing/Art of Racing) +2.538s

Ducati TriOptions 848 Challenge, Oulton Park, race two result:

  1. Dennis Hobbs (Hobbs Racing)
  2. Leon Morris (Stockbridge Racing) +3.200s
  3. Marty Nutt (Ducati Coventry/JHP) +4.781s
  4. Jonathan Railton (Boast Plumbing/Art of Racing) +7.354s
  5. Mike Edwards (Ohlins @ P&H Motorcycles) +13.236s

Ducati TriOptions 848 Challenge standings:

  1. Marty Nutt (Ducati Coventry/JHP) 194
  2. Jonathan Railton (Boast Plumbing/Art of Racing) 185
  3. Leon Morris (Stockbridge Racing) 142
  4. Dennis Hobbs (Hobbs Racing) 137
  5. Darren Fry (JHP/Ducati Coventry) 90