Michael van der Mark won a hotly contested race to win the 2014 World Supersport championship in style at Jerez de la Frontera.
|van der Mark’s fifth win of 2014 gave him the world championship
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The Dutchman was embroiled in an epic race-long struggle and overcame fierce Florian Marino and Jules Cluzel – the only man who could prevent him taking the title today – charges to take the title in fine style.
An incident at the final corner on the penultimate lap saw Cluzel crash, forcing Marino into avoiding action and allowing van der Mark through to lead. Jacobsen took full advantage of the chaos to snatch second with team-mate Marino demoted to third.
A group of five riders wrestled for the lead throughout the 19 laps with first position changing hands on countless occasions. Starting from ninth Cluzel was in a determined mood, pushing his way to the podium positions as early as lap two.
The Frenchman repeatedly tried to break van der Mark, who lost valuable ground at the start by running wide at turn one, and succeeded in disrupting his rhythm.
The decisive moment came on the penultimate lap when the riders entered the final corner. Cluzel, sitting third behind Marino and van der Mark lunged for the lead. Although he made the exit he carried too much corner speed and fell, holding up countryman Marino. The chasing Jacobsen couldn’t reel in the champion-to-be from there.
Jack Kennedy finished an impressive fourth, less than a second behind the winner, after an impressive scrap. The Irishman disposed with early pace-setter Lorenzo Zanetti on lap eleven and held on to the leading group of four.
Kev Coghlan finished an admirable fifth after qualifying eleventh on Saturday. The Scot struggled with rear grip during qualifying and had a modest start, spending the early laps consolidating tenth place. As the laps ticked by he picked off the fading Zanetti and Ratthapark Wilairot to get eleven points and remain in the championship fight for second.
Full results can be seen here