Knockhill: Campbell takes championship leads with Lightweight hat-trick

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SUPERTWIN man Scott Campbell has reclaimed the Scottish Championship and KMSC Lightweight leads after his treble victory over Torquil Paterson.

Paterson had been leading the National title chase heading into this weekend’s Knockhill round, but a costly mechanical failure in the final race of the round meant he had to watch his points advantage disappear.

And while the former champ managed to win a race each in the Scottish and KMSC ranks, his double wasn’t enough to keep Campbell at bay.

Northumberland’s Campbell was quickest out of the gates on his ER6, pipping Paterson to pole by 0.162s while Lewis Nicol lined up alongside them in third.

Paterson managed to bag two wins, but couldn't hold on to the Scottish championship lead...
Paterson managed to bag two wins, but couldn’t hold on to the Scottish championship lead…

In Saturday’s very first race, Paterson quickly got away and set the only 59s laps of the race as he left Campbell to second almost eight seconds behind him, with previous KMSC leader Grant Reid crossing the line third.

But Campbell hit back in race two as he led every lap, despite Paterson reeling him in multiple times, and fended off the Suzuki rider to win by 4.693s while Haddington’s Kenneth Thirlwall completed the podium.

Paterson wasn’t done, however, and he bagged another lights-to-flag victory in the third race, this time over Quarry Brae rider Reid after he had passed Campbell for second late in the race.

But that was all she wrote for the Saltire Motorcycles rider. In an early dice for the lead during the second Scottish Championship race on Sunday afternoon, where Campbell, Reid and Paterson all took turns at the front, Paterson’s suffered a bike issue, dropping him out of the lead and out of the race with just a lap remaining.

Over the line, it was Campbell who took the win 0.358s ahead of Reid, with Thirlwall a couple seconds adrift in third.

It was smooth sailing for the Ian Bell Motorcycles rider in the final race of the weekend as he bagged his third win of the event some 5.7s clear of Reid and over 11s ahead of Nichol, who bagged his first podium in the Lightweight class.

With this triple success at the weekend moving him to the front of both championships, Campbell says it’s still all to play for with two rounds of the Scottish and one round of the KMSC series to go.

“I heard that Torquil had a bit of a mechanical failure, but we’ve all got the bad luck,” he said. “Hopefully I’ve had mine already.

“This season is going well, 20 races and 20 podiums, I can’t ask for anything more. But now that I’m leading the Scottish Championship it’s game on.”

*Click here for results from KMSC Round 3

*Main image: Jennifer Charlton

*Side image: David Dorward

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