WAYNE Humble has powered into the lead of both the North East club’s Formula 600 and Open Unlimited championships after scoring a hat-trick of wins at East Fortune.
The Yamaha rider shared the F600 spoils with Aran Sadler, who took two wins, but out-gunned the big bikes in the Open class to bag a double while reigning champ Garry Whitfield grabbed one of his own.
But the action was interrupted by rain and a number of spills on Saturday, prompting NEMCRC chiefs to call off the rest of the day and push most of the racing to Sunday.
After leading Saturday’s first go at race one, 600-mounted Humble got the jump on the field once again and led lights-to-flag on Sunday morning in the damp, crossing the line over five seconds clear of Whitfield and Harry Black.
And while Humble grabbed an early lead in the second Open race, Whitfield powered past just three laps in to hit the front while Stanbury followed him through a couple of laps later to move into second, taking the flag just 0.642sec shy of winner Whitfield.
It was a tyre gamble in the final Open scrap of the weekend as conditions again played havoc, but Humble’s bid with dry rubber paid off as he overhauled Stanbury’s early lead to take his second class win of the weekend some four seconds clear of Stanbury, with Andy Buchanan nipping third from Whitfield on the final lap.
Among his fellow middleweight riders in the F600 ranks, Humble got the best start in race one ahead of Jon Dickie and Sadler, but Sadler soon picked off the Scotsman before slipping ahead of Humble with just a few laps remaining to take the win by almost two seconds.
The two front-runners were back at it in race two in a nip-and-tuck battle, but again it was Sadler who came out on top by just over a second while Mark Hanna edged Callum Paterson to third by just 0.103sec.
Humble put an end to Sadler’s hat-trick hopes in race three, however, and he led every lap – even holding off a last-lap challenge – to clinch victory ahead of Sadler and Paterson, the latter of whom got the better of Hanna this time.
With his 600 and Open class points haul, Humble has taken the lead in both championships.
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