Melville MC: Munro dominates with F600 sweep

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SAM Munro got his Scottish season off to a flying start this weekend as he controlled the Melville and National 600 classes at East Fortune.

The 2018 Melville Club Formula 600 runner-up, who was out for his first go on the brand new 636 Kawasaki, soared to all four wins, each time beating last year’s champ Lewis Paterson to the chequered flag.

But few riders were chasing lap records this weekend as temperatures dropped well into the single digits and racers struggled to keep heat in their rubber.

Munro was the only 600 rider in the 1:01 bracket after qualifying as he powered to pole position nearly eight tenths clear of Aran Sadler on Saturday, with Paterson rounding out the front row. But the three would have to wait until Sunday to line up after delays pushed all four of their races forward.

No one could catch Munro as he took off at the front of race one the next morning, never to be seen again as he sped to the flag with over seven seconds to spare over Paterson, who pipped Sadler early on to secure second.

It was much the same story in race two as Munro led lights-to-flag with Paterson just not able to keep up as the teen fell just under four seconds shy at the finish.

While Munro made it three from three with another flawless race in the third F600 scrap, Paterson and Sadler diced for the runner-up spot before the reigning champ pinched second by just 0.133sec.

Notching perfect marks on his 2019 Scottish scorecard, Munro completed his sweep with another flag-to-flag performance in the final as Paterson made it a fourth second place while Sadler bagged another third.

And while he looked to be controlling the field, the championship leader admitted this weekend wasn’t meant for breaking records.

“We had some tricky track conditions and freezing temps, so it wasn’t a day to be pushing on,” Munro revealed. “I did what was needed and managed the time gaps accordingly.

“I can’t thank everyone that has helped me get the bike ready in time. It was a mega first weekend out on the 636.”

*Click here for results from Melville Round 1 including the Scottish Championship

*Image: Jennifer Charlton

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