KNOCKHILL racers finally hit the track ;ast weekend as they returned to action for their opening meeting of 2020.
And they were in for a busy weekend with the Molson Group British Sidecar series running a standalone round at the Scottish circuit along with the full complement of KMSC club action.
Just like he’d done at the Battle of Britain a few weeks ago, Callum Grigor was back in control of the Superbike class with close competition from former F600 champ Willie Monie and former National Superstock contender Matt Paulo.
Grigor held them both off by little more than half a second to scoop a hat-trick of wins, with Paulo taking two seconds to Monie’s one. In the Clubman class just behind, Steven Patterson swept the action after nicking the opener from Bryan Gillis by 0.494sec, taking the other two race wins by a clear margin from Kyle Fell.
Former Lightweight champ and British Talent Cup rider Lewis Paterson led the early charge in the Formula 600 class with a 1.8sec win over Jon Dickie with Kenneth Thirlwall in a distant third, but Sam Munro – making a return to the Supersport class – pipped Paterson to victory in race two by just 0.4sec.
But a crocked engine put Munro out of the final race, leaving Paterson to another victory over Dickie and James McLaren. Behind, Chris Clements and Michael MacKinnon shared the PI600 honours.
Owen Paterson dominated the Lightweight ranks with three on the bounce and a combined winning margin of more than 20sec, beating fellow Supertwin boys Oliver Barr and Logan Turner who shared the podium spoils.
Behind the Supertwin battles, Mark Fearn scooped the opening CB500 victory by just 0.312sec ahead of Ross McCulloch, but former champ Finn Chalk was back on top in race two, beating McCulloch by a mere 0.265sec with Fearn just 0.080sec further back.
Fearn had the last laugh, however, as he led from lights to flag to win race three more than a second clear of trouble.
Ryan Burns destroyed the 125/300 field in race one with a 26sec win over Lennon Docherty, but Troy Jeffrey – who had retired from the opener – was in control of the final two scraps as he did the double with two of his own over Burns.
The club will be back in action for its final round of the season over the weekend October 3-4.