Launching early for the finale, he established a gap out on his own of 50+ metres, but the extra time in the wind took its toll and he was passed in the closing seconds by James Golbourne of Team V-Sprint who took the win.
New team member Michael Skipsey added to the growing sense of anticipation within the team as he crossed the line in 12th place - part of an accelerating rise of form for the Fireman from Luton.
He took 5 Prime Wins out of a total of 10 events and with 61 points, he managed a relatively comfortable victory over 2nd placed Greg Wiltshire.
"I started racing the Sprints as practice really," he said afterwards. "But once I realised I could compete and it added a bit of spice to the main race, it started to become more of an end in itself."