Melville: The rest of the action from Round 3

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BAD weather brought proceedings at East Fortune to an untimely finish this weekend, but Melville Club racers still had time to crack lap records and haul valuable points.

Clear and dry conditions on Saturday made way for downpours on Sunday, bringing action to a close after just four races on day two, including the third for Superbikes and 600s.

With just two rounds remaining of the Scottish Championship and one in the club chase, this weekend’s two races per class as opposed to the regular four were made even more vital in the hunt for titles.

Kieran Murray took the second of the Pre Injection 600 spoils...
Kieran Murray took the second of the Pre Injection 600 spoils…

Former Scottish Superbike champion Andrew Tasker returned to East Fortune with a bang as he stormed to the Sound of Thunder win over two seconds clear of the first Pre Injection 600 home, Jon Dickie, while series leader Harry Pullar bagged second of the PI600s just 0.150s further back.

But it was Kieran Murray who bagged the overall and PI victory in race two, run on Sunday, while Jimmy Shanks followed him across the line for the SoT victory. Michael MacKinnon grabbed a distant runner-up finish in the PI600 ranks just ahead of Cameron Robb, while Ben Warmington swept the Pre Injection 1200 class.

Colin MacDougall stormed off the line from pole position in the Junior Post Classic race to beat Jodie Chalk by over 17s in race one as Simon Payling took third. And while MacDougall doubled up in race two, Chalk retired from another second place finish, leaving Payling and Dougie Knox to complete the podium.

But reigning club champ Chalk was back on the grid in the CB500 scraps as she racked up another two wins six seconds clear of Keith Shepherd and Allan Brookbanks.

Scott Lawrie and Jimmy Connell on their way to a Sidecar sweep...
Scott Lawrie and Jimmy Connell on their way to a Sidecar sweep…

Youngsters Owen Paterson picked up his first Safe Access Formula 125 win of the year in race one, winning by over 59s as Scott Young took second. But with series leader Ross Maguire back on the grid in race two, beating Declan Connell and Logan Turner to keep his perfect run of form with nine wins from nine starts.

Scott Lawrie and Jimmy Connell swept the Sidecar proceedings with two clear wins over Gordon Shand and Tony Belsey, who held off Simon Robinson and Phil Gravel to snatch two runner-up finishes.

Torquil Paterson dominated the Lightweight ranks and clawed back valuable points in his bid to upset Scott Campbell’s championship challenge.

The former champion and leader of the Paterson clan beat Campbell and Adrian McCarthy by five seconds on Saturday before obliterating the competition in Sunday’s wet conditions, crossing the line over 23s clear of Grant Reid and John MacDonald.

*Click here for full results from Melville Round 3

*Images: David Dorward

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