GREG Gilfillan put both hands on the Scottish Superbike crown this weekend as he shared wins with Paul McClung at the Melville season finale.
He only beat McClung once while the National Superstock regular swept to three victories and the coveted Steve Hislop Trophy win, but three runner-up finishes was more than enough for the GSG Racing rider to claim the Club and Open Superbike titles with the national crown to boot.
While it was a battle between the two nearly all weekend, it was Gilfillan who drew first blood as he out-qualified local man McClung by just over three tenths, with Richard Stanbury completing the front row of the grid.
Gilfillan got the jump at the start of race one as he and McClung immediately gapped the chasing pack – led by Stanbury – but it was just two laps before McClung found a way through and stuck a pass on the series leader to hit the front.
And while Gilfillan gave chase, he couldn’t quite get back ahead and had to settle for second by a mere 0.115sec as McClung grabbed victory, with Stanbury third.
It looked to be a repeat in Saturday’s second scrap as the front-running pair again flew away from the rest of the field with McClung leading, but with five laps in the bag Gilfillan levered him aside and held on to snatch the win by just 0.103sec, becoming the Scottish, Open and Club champ in the process.
With no Gilfillan on the grid for the red-flag-interrupted race three, McClung took a clear win over Stanbury and Jordan Fleming before storming to his third of the weekend in race four with 12sec to spare over Gilfillan and Stanbury.
And although it looked to be another two-way scrap for the finale, McClung found clear track and rocketed away to defend the Steve Hislop Memorial title with his second trophy win, leaving Gilfillan – borrowing brother Sean’s BMW – to second ahead of newly-crowned Scottish F600 champ Sam Munro.
With three of Scotland’s big bike titles in the bag, Gilfillan will now look to make it a perfect four and wrap up the KMSC Superbike crown at Knockhill next weekend.
*Images: Jennifer Charlton