Melville: The rest of the action from Round Two

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MELVILLE racers broke lap and race records this weekend as the club rolled into East Fortune for its second round of the season.

With sunshine on tap, the event also gave National championship riders another chance to score points as the Scottish series rolled up to its half-way point.

And there were still plenty of spoils to be had after Superbike action had finished and Team Paterson had taken their trophies.

Chalk was on fire as usual, and looks to have set a record for most Scottish wins in a weekend...
Chalk was on fire as usual, and looks to have set a record for most Scottish wins in a weekend…

Jodie Chalk destroyed the field with eight wins on the bounce aboard her Pro-Scot Honda CB500. In the CB500 category, the KMSC, Melville and Scottish Championship leader beat Keith Shepherd and Allan Brookbanks over the line every time to stamp her authority on the class.

And in the Junior Post Classic class, she continued her run of form with another four trips to the top step of the podium after crossing the line twice ahead of Simon Payling and once ahead Dougie Knox while Peter Robertson bagged two thirds and Payling split the other two with Brian Nichol.

UK Clubsport has it on authority that Chalk’s eight wins from eight starts could be a record for one weekend in Scottish bike racing.

Paul Wishart opened action in the first race of the day by winning the Pre Injection 600 race 1.5s clear of Harry Pullar, with Scottish Championship points leader Jon Dickie in third, but it was the Pullar show from there on.

The Strathearn Tyres rider stormed to the remaining three wins, make it a hat-trick as he pipped Wishart at the line twice and beat Douglas Brown once while Brown, Dickie and Patryk Motyka shared the remaining podium honours.

Webley was unstoppable in the Pre Injection Open class, and with his first club points of the season he's moved up to third in the standings...
Webley was unstoppable in the Pre Injection Open class, and with his first club points of the season he’s moved up to third in the standings…

Championship front-runner Adrian McCarthy extended his series lead with a clean sweep of the Senior Post Classics, beating his nearest points rival three times and twice by less than 0.379s. Suddes had looked on for a win in the last race as he took the lead, but a crash ended his hopes, leaving John MacDonald picked up second to add to the two thirds he shared with Iain Robertson.

Pre Injection 1200 man Scott Webley made a clean sweep of the class, beating Derek Wilkie and Ben Warmington in the first two races before Gary and Rob West split the final two runner-up finishes. Wilkie and Warmington also took a third apiece on Sunday.

Jimmy Shanks dominated the Sound of Thunder ranks with two wins over David Curtis and one each from Jake Harkness and Paul Quinn.

Gordon Shand and Tony Belsey tore ahead of the pack to take the first Sidecar race win, four seconds clear of Mick Bell and Sandy Mayhew, with Simon Robinson and Phil Gravel taking third a few seconds further back.

Bell and Mayhew were giving the winners a run for their money after taking the lead in race two, but after going off at the Esses and Mayhew having a spill on the grass, the two retired, leaving Shand and Belsey to another win, this time 2.410s clear of Scott Lawrie and Jimmy Connell.

In race three, Lawrie and Connell had to battle through the pack but finally made it up the order before passing Shand and Belsey for the lead and extending a four-second gap over them at the chequered flag, while Robinson and Gravel took their third third of the event.

But in the final outfit scrap of the weekend, Bell and Mayhew managed to get out front early and lead every lap on their way to victory by nearly five seconds,while Robinson/Gravel and Michael Kirkup/Arlo Brown picked up second and third after Shand and Belsey retired with two laps to go.

*Main, Chalk and sidecar images: David Dorward

*Webley image: Geo Clark

*Click here for full results from Melville Motor Club Round 2 at East Fortune

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