Melville: Three Superbike winners as Gilfillan breaks lap record

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EWAN Gray and Gilfillan boys Sean and Greg shared the Melville Club’s big bike spoils this weekend as the championship standings received a vigorous stir.

While rain and red flags ultimately brought an early end to action on Sunday, Greg Gilfillan still had time to clock a 58.061s lap in the first race to set a new track record for the Superbike class.

The lead didn’t change hands in either the Problast Superbike or Scottish Championship ranks, but with a highest finish of third this weekend, John Dean’s lead has been cut to a maximum of four points with two rounds remaining in the National series and just one at East Fortune.

Greg Gilfillan's weekend got a bit more exciting after putting some off-road skills to work in race one...
Greg Gilfillan’s weekend got a bit more exciting after putting some off-road skills to work in race one…

Aboard their BMWs, the Gilfillans led Saturday morning’s qualifying session as Sean grabbed pole position just 0.091s clear of Greg, while Gray took third a few tenths clear of Callum Grigor, who headed up the second row of the grid as the only other rider in the 59s bracket.

When the lights went out for race one, Grigor got a strong start and by the end of the first lap he was ahead of Greg and Sean as Gray dropped to fourth. But moments later, Greg ran off into the grass and was forced to rejoin in eighth, leaving Gray to slot into third.

Back at the front, Grigor dropped out of the lead on lap four as Gray moved through to second just behind Sean Gilfillan. And while the two were caught in a dice in the final few laps, Sean held on by 0.767s to take the win from Gray as Grigor snatched third some three seconds further back.

Gray took the second win on Saturday to move within arm's reach of the Club Superbike lead...
Gray took the second win on Saturday to move within arm’s reach of the Club Superbike lead…

And despite only making it back up to fourth place at the flag, Greg Gilfillan had set the new lap record – a mere 0.062s outside the 57s mark.

While Sean was looking to make it a Saturday sweep with a second race victory, it was Gray who got the best start and led every lap en route to his second win of the year by almost two seconds as Greg took a clear second place from Kawasaki man Grigor after passing him just before the half-way point.

Conditions deteriorated on Sunday morning and after just two races, the meeting was abandoned on safety grounds. But it still gave Greg enough time to beat his brother to the red-flagged four-lap race win as Dean salvaged Club points in third after Grigor pulled into the pits.

Losing crucial ground with some electrical issues, Dean now leads Grigor by a single point in the Scottish Championship while the Hawick man is just four points clear of Gray in the Club standings.

*Click here for full results from Melville Round 3

*Images: Jennifer Charlton

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