WAYNE Humble and Richard Charlton snagged wins in the North East Club’s first of two visits to East Fortune as the latter extended his Formula 600 lead.
With Charlton stretching his advantage to nearly 60 points with a hat-trick this weekend, the other middleweight racers have some work to do to lift the trophy at the third and final round in October.
The Michelin/KRG Motorcycles rider, who’s gearing up for his Isle of Man TT debut in just two weeks’ time, put his R6 on pole late in Saturday morning’s qualifying, pipping Tom Robinson to the top spot as Humble lined up third, a mere 0.009s further back in the session.
While Robinson slotted in behind the County Durham man at the start, Robinson retired with just two laps completed, leaving Humble to slot into second.
But Charlton kept his head down and extended a two second gap at the chequered flag as Humble took a runner-up finish, with Steven Haddow some four seconds further adrift in third.
In race two, however, Humble was the one out front as he passed Charlton early on to take the lead, while Aran Sadler pipped Charlton for second on the penultimate lap but couldn’t quite catch up to Humble, who held on to take victory by just 0.289s.
It was a repeat win for Humble in race three, but behind him the podium battle was in full effect. Angus Mearns held second at the start before Leon Murphy slipped underneath and pushed him back to third, but just a few laps later Haddow took over and clung on to take second at the flag, with Mearns retaking third over the line.
With Humble out due to technical problems on his Yamaha R6 on Sunday, Charlton bagged the F600 double to complete his hat trick, taking the first win ahead of Haddow and Mearns, then the second from Sadler and Haddow.
*Images: Ken Murray