RICHARD Stanbury powered to an Open class hat-trick at East Fortune as he shared top honours with Lee Teasdale and John MacDonald at NEMCRC Round 2.
While the weekend kicked off with clouds looking, the Scottish skies eventually cleared up to finish with a bright day of racing for the North East club’s second round of the year, just North of headquarters.
But Stanbury looked in a strong position from the start as he topped qualifying nearly a second ahead of last year’s championship runner-up Garry Whitfield, with Wayne Humble completing the front row.
When the lights went out for race one, the Honda rider took off from pole position and immediately began stretching a lead over the pack, while Humble and Whitfield slotted in behind.
MacDonald, however, was on a charge, and powered from fifth on the grid to second as he overtook Humble on lap five before retiring a few laps later just as Teasdale pushed Humble back to third once again. But it was Stanbury to nabbed the opening win nearly eight seconds clear of trouble.
The Duns man made it a double with Saturday’s second race win, beating Richard Charlton to the line by just over a second after Teasdale retired with just one lap remaining as MacDonald bagged another podium.
Free of issues, Teasdale powered to the front of race three, leading every lap on his way to victory, while Stanbury and MacDonald completed the rostrum some two and four seconds adrift.
Stanbury grabbed another early lead in race four on Sunday as MacDonald tucked into second, but the ProScot Yamaha rider slipped by the very next lap and held on to take the win, while Whitfield pipped Stanbury on the penultimate lap to take second just 0.559s off the win.
And it was another victory in the final race of the day for Stanbury as he completed his weekend hat-trick, winning the final scrap of the weekend ahead of Whitfield and Charlton.
*Images: Jennifer Charlton