SCOTTISH racers opened up their Knockhill Motor Sports Club accounts this weekend as they chased both KMSC and Scottish Championship points.
In the newly-nationalised CB500 class, reigning Formula 600 champ William Monie drew first blood as he converted his pole position qualifying into a win in race one, four seconds clear of last year’s Scottish champ Jodie Chalk with Jimmy Shanks just behind.
But Chalk was back on form in the second National race as she pipped Monie to the line by just 0.078s, with Adrian Teasdale bagging third. The lady racer continued her win streak in the KMSC CB500 races, storming to two more wins and completing her hat-trick ahead of Keith Shepherd and Shanks.
Last year’s club PI600 championship runner-up Kieran Murray scorched to pole in the Scottish Championship races, but was disqualified from Saturday’s action due to a technical infringement, leaving Jon Dickie to take two wins over William Mason and Teasdale.
Mason took the Cupar Motorcycles Pre-Injection 600 win on Saturday over Teasdale and Dougie Brown after Murray’s DQ, but Murray rebounded to sweep Sunday’s club championship races with two on the trot over Mason, as Teasdale and Brown bagged a third apiece.
The Skinner Motorcycles Formula 125 class looks to be going the way of UK Minimoto champ Ross Maguire after the 12-year-old blitzed the field to take all five F125 wins over Declan Connell, while Logan Turner, Jimmy Muir and Owen Paterson shared thirds.
James McLaren beat Mark Bowran to the first 400cc race win, but Bowran stamped his authority on the class as he powered to the remaining four wins – with McLaren less than a second behind in two of Sunday’s races.
Scott Lawrie and Mick Fairhurst put their LCR Suzuki 600 outfit on pole for the first Scottish Sidecar race of the year, nabbing the top spot in qualifying by a massive four seconds from Gordon Shand and Tony Belsey, with the LCRs of Dave Lillie/Ben Chandler and Simon Robinson/Phil Gravel just behind.
While Shand and Belsey led the first lap, it was never anyone else’s race as Lawrie and Fairhurst cruised to victory over 20 seconds ahead of Shand/Belsey and Lillie/Chandler.
And it was nearly a repeat podium in race two as the leaders stormed to another dominant win, but Robinson and Gravel passed Lillie and Chandler to nab the final podium spot.
The rostrum looked exactly the same in the pair of KMSC Sidecar races as Lawrie and Fairhurst continued to dominate the leader board as they now head the championship standings.
*Main image: David Dorward