SCOTTISH and Melville champions were decided this weekend as East Fortune’s home club wrapped up its 2019 season in style.
While reigning champ Jodie Chalk sealed her Melville Club and Open CB500 title defences in comfortable fashion as she took three wins to nearest rival Keith Shepherd’s one, it will be a much closer fight in the National championship battle as Shepherd is just two points adrift heading to Knockhill next weekend. Michael MacKinnon was their closest challenger with three thirds and a second.
Andy Buchanan’s winless run this weekend wasn’t enough to keep him from the Formula Melville titles as he beat Gordon MacDonald to the championship while MacDonald, Gary Reid and Paul Bowen shared the wins. And with 59 points over Chris Liddell, Buchanan has also clinched the Scottish Superbike Cup trophy with a round to spare.
While reigning Melville Pre Injection 600 champ Harry Pullar chalked up two wins at the finale, it was William Mason whose win and two seconds was enough to both hand him the Club and Open championships as well as the Scottish PI600 crown.
Reigning Scottish Lightweight champ Scott Campbell was straight back to winning ways on his return to Melville action as he pipped Torquil Paterson by less than two tenths of a second in the opener. And while they split the next two race wins, Paterson put two hands on the Melville and National championships with the final race win ahead of Gordon Clark and Grant Reid.
Carl Bell returned to action in style on Saturday alongside cousin Phil as the two powered to the opening Sidecar wins with Gordon Shand and Tony Belsey following them home while Jim Hamilton/Leon Fitzpatrick and Giles/Jen Stainton shared thirds.
But it was all Stephen Kershaw and Stuart Clark on Sunday as the reigning British champs dominated the final two races while the Bells and Shand/Belsey bagged a second and a third each, giving the latter the Melville Open crown while Murray McKay and William Szanel snatched the Club championship from Michael Boak and Brian Jukes.
Fletcher McInally also secured his championship, the Formula 125 crown as he edged Logan Turner by just three points to take the Club title as Turner and Owen Paterson shared the weekend’s wins, but it was Turner on top in the Open ranks as he took that title by 14 points.
With one of the earliest championship wins of the season, Greg Haylott made a clean sweep of the Junior Post Classic ranks this weekend to consolidate his title wins before blasting to another two titles in the Pre Injection 1200 ranks with a hat-trick.
Richard Stanbury’s clean sweep ahead of Paul Quinn and Alan Howatson gifted him the Sound of Thunder crowns, but it was a different story in the Senior Post Classics as Iain Robertson scooped the Club championship while David Suddes grabbed the Open honour, despite Howard Selby’s three wins to Robertson’s one.
In the Junior Twin ranks, Josh Crawford secured both Club and Open titles while the Classic class trophies went to Steve Mason.
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