SAM Munro, Rory Skinner and Lewis Paterson all picked up wins this weekend in the KMSC’s hotly-contested Bitwise Formula 600 ranks.
The three were at the head of the pack in almost all five races as Munro and Skinner took two apiece, while Paterson picked up where he left off at the last National championship round at East Fortune with one of his own.
But lurking just behind them and often in contention for victory was Scottish and Knockhill series leader Willie Monie, who is looking more and more likely to defend his KMSC crown as he leads Munro by 12 points, Skinner by 38 and multi-time champ Bruce Birnie by 83 heading into the final round next month.
The mixed weather conditions didn’t stop the competition from being as close as ever, as Paterson edged Monie to pole by a mere 0.017s with Skinner a further half second back after his mid-session crash, while Munro was left languishing in sixth.
British Talent Cup star Skinner got the best start in race one, but Munro shot forward from the second row to get right on his tail heading into the first corner as the two leaders began stretching a gap.
Skinner and Munro traded blows nearly all race long, but it was the latter who came out on top after a move up the inside at the chicane as he took the win on his Munro Access Services Kawasaki by just 0.064s, while Monie followed them home in third some six seconds further back.
Saturday’s second race brought more of the same as Skinner and Munro escaped early in a dice for victory, but once again Munro held off the Kircaldy Kawasaki and took the win by 0.711s as Monie scored another third.
But Skinner turned the heat up on Sunday morning and while Munro got the holeshot, he swooped around the outside and was in the lead and pulling a gap before long.
Despite his best efforts, Munro couldn’t keep pace with the teenager and had to settle for second 1.4s off the win, while Saltire Motorcycles’ Paterson completed the podium.
Monie got the best start and led the opening lap of race four before Skinner made his way past just a lap later while Munro crashed out of third at Hizzy’s, but Shirlaw’s Suzuki man Monie cut through just after the half-way mark and took the lead again.
On the penultimate lap, however, Paterson levered Skinner aside and proceeded to lay a pass on Monie to take the win, while Skinner pipped Monie for second.
But Skinner was back to winning ways in race five, leading every lap on the way to victory by 2.5s as Paterson fended off Monie to secure a runner-up finish.
“I tried to get my head down from the start,” Skinner said. “I knew I had good pace in the wet over the weekend, it’s just a shame Sam couldn’t be there for the last race.
“We’ll see what happens in the future. I wouldn’t mind getting back out at one or two more BSB rounds but it’s all about the budget right now.”
*Images: Jennifer Charlton