RORY Skinner starred in his 600cc debut this weekend as he beat reigning champ William Monie to three wins from five in the KMSC season opener.
The Perth teenager has been keeping busy with British Talent Cup duties this season, but has been looking for an opportunity to step up to bigger machinery.
And along with reigning Formula 600 champion Monie, Skinner had to face down multi-time former club champ Bruce Birnie, Kris Duncan, last year’s Lightweight champ Lewis Paterson and a host of other front-running threats.
The 16-year-old stormed to pole position on his Kircaldy Kawsaki ZX-6R, beating Monie by just 0.066s as Duncan completed the front row.
Skinner nabbed the early lead in the first Scottish Championship race, taking off ahead of Monie as the two began to stretch a lead over the rest of the pack.
But despite passing the youngster on lap seven of 12, Monie wasn’t able to hold the lead and Skinner came back underneath with two laps to go, powering across the line 0.570s clear of Monie with Duncan nearly five seconds further back.
It looked to be a repeat in race two as Skinner again led the first laps, but Carnegie Fuels rider Birnie stuck a pass on him before Turriff Caravan Centre’s Monie made his way to the front and managed to hold on all the way to the chequered flag to take the win, with Birnie and Skinner just behind.
The first KMSC Formula 600 race was nip and tuck as Skinner, Monie and Munro Access Services Kawasaki rider Sam Munro diced for the lead. But Skinner doubled up on wins after holding Monie off by a nose at the line, beating him by just 0.066s with Munro less than a second off victory.
It was a repeat podium in race two, as Skinner completed his hat-trick, escaping to pull out over a second on Monie and Munro at the line.
In the final 600 scrap of the weekend, Monie only gave up the lead for one lap to a threatening Birnie, but the Crieff man was soon back at the front as he beat Skinner to the flag by just under a second, with Munro once again completing the podium.
*Main image: David Dorward
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