GREG Gilfillan led the charge of early season Scottish Superbike contenders as he powered to a hat-trick of wins ahead of Ewan Gray this weekend.
Last year’s second runner-up in the National class staked his claim on East Fortune as he hauled three wins on the trot before Gray stole the final race victory.
Gray had been leading the pack in practice by just a few hundredths of a second, but when qualifying rolled around it was Gilfillan who was straight on the pace, the only rider in the sub-60sec bracket and a full 0.675sec quicker than Gray, with 2018 Superbike Open championship runner-up Callum Grigor rounding out the front row.
But Gilfillan was quick to establish a lead from pole position when the lights went out for race one, holding off Gray and Grigor all the way to the flag to take the win by just over a second.
In race two it was Grigor who got out front early on, leading Gray and Gilfillan away from the lights, but by lap four it was all change as he fell to third and Gray slipped into the lead.
Just two laps later, however, Gilfillan found a way through and sped off to the chequered flag with over three seconds to spare as Grigor fell just 0.132sec shy of Gray and a runner-up finish.
Gray stormed to the front in race three on Sunday with Gilfillan right on his wheel and after waiting for an opportunity, the latter pounced on lap five and held tight to take the win from Gray by 0.308sec as William Monie bagged a lone third.
But it was finally Gray’s go in the last scrap of the weekend as he grabbed the early lead once again. Grigor had made his way through to the head of the pack, but a crash on lap four put him out of contention with severed tendons in his finger, allowing Gray to resume the lead and take his first win of the weekend with Gilfillan and Gary Reid rounding out the podium.
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