RIDERS hit Knockhill for the final time this year as both KMSC and Scottish championship titles were decided at the season finale.
Scottish title holder Greg Gilfillan stole three wins in the Superbike races after tight battles with both brother and reigning champ Sean and former champ Bruce Birnie, who also bagged a win each as Birnie pipped big bike rookie and F600 ace Sam Munro to victory.
But Greg’s hat-trick was enough for him to be crowned Knockhill champion and make a clean sweep of Scotland’s big bike accolades with his Melville and National titles already in the bag.
Just behind, Andy Buchanan was confirmed as the 2019 Superbike Clubman king, adding to his Scottish Super Cup title with four wins from five as he shared the spoils with Sean McTaggart, who beat him by less than a second in the penultimate race.
Saturday’s Formula 600 honours went to teen James McLaren after he stormed to both wins ahead of Kenneth Thirlwall with Kris Duncan and Jon Dickie splitting thirds, but it was all Thirlwall on Sunday as the former tin top racer swept to a hat-trick with Dickie and Duncan behind while McLaren and Louis Sheridan-Bruce bagged thirds.
Harry Pullar stormed to a new lap record of 52.864 in the opening Pre Injection 600 scrap and continued to pip title favourite William Mason to the first four race wins of the weekend, but after taking the final victory of the season over Pullar and Kieran Murray, it was Mason who was crowned champion of the carburetted Supersports.
While Keith Shepherd had already scored nearly enough points to be crowned KMSC CB500 champ ahead of the finale, a pair of top fives sealed the deal despite an early crash.
At the front, however, it was Jodie Chalk and Munro dicing in the opener as Chalk drew first blood with a win and new lap record before Munro swept the rest of the weekend with three dominant wins as he set the new record of 58.012sec.
Duncan and McLaren were back at it in the Formula 400 ranks, but it was Duncan who came out on top each time with four wins from four as British Junior Supersport regular Adon Davie’s three seconds gave him the club title.
In the Formula 125 championship, Logan Turner looked to be on for a full house before Fletcher McInally interrupted his run and picked up the final win of the year, but just behind them it was delight for Owen Paterson as he clinched the F125 crown.
The outfit spoils all went the way of veteran Gordon Shand and chairman Tony Belsey, who controlled the Sidecar action all meeting long, holding off Hadleigh Amos and Sandy Mayhew as well as Stuart Anderson and Karen Lupton to take all four wins and the Marin Cup title.
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