IAN Lawton, Jon Dickie and Richie Harrison all took a slice of victory pie in the triad of Pre-Injection 600 races at Croft.
Striking first was Blyth’s Lawton, who had Dickie to contend with early on- but the Scot retired on lap four and left his Northumberland neighbour to a 2.6 second victory over James Reveley, with Harrison a further 14 seconds adrift.
The next race on Sunday went easily the way of Harrison, with Dickie nearly 10 seconds back and Reveley nipping at his heels just behind – this time, it was Lawton who took his turn retiring on lap two.
But Harrison’s luck ran out in the final race of the day when he made an early exit while chasing Dickie, leaving the latter to finish over 14 seconds clear of Lawton with Reveley in third… the Count of Consistency James Reveley now leads the Pre-Injection standings by seven to a tied Dickie and Lawton on 45 apiece.
In the Classic 500 category, it was Mark Cronshaw who in the first race took an almost unbelievable 53-second win aboard a Seeley G50, but he was missing from the grid on Sunday, allowing Honda-mounted Mark Herbertson to double up with two dominant victories of his own and leave the weekend leading the points.
Pre-Injection Open supremacy looked to be going the way of Hartlepool’s Gary West after taking 20-second victories in the first pair of races. But a retirement while leading the class on the penultimate lap of the final race handed 25 points the way of Stockfield’s Angus Green.
Jake Harkness was a lone wolf in the Thunderbike races atop his monstrous Ducati 1299 and with only Paul Noble’s KTM RC8 able to finish within a shout on Saturday, the pasta rocket took a seemingly simple hat-trick against a field of both 650 Supertwins and big-bore brethren.
Fresh off a weekend at Donington Park mixing it up in Thundersport GB, Keith Shepherd was the CB500 class’s man to beat, winning all three races by no less than 16 seconds.
Amongst the Stocktwins, Alan Ellis took home an easy haul of 75 points with three lights-to-flag victories, as did Richard Charlton in the Supertwins, whose Kwak was only under threat by the Suzuki of Tom Robinson that finished less than half a second adrift in Sunday’s race one.
The North East club’s second round will take place at East Fortune Circuit on May 13 and 14, where the Michael Moor Trophy Races for Stocktwins will be held.
Entry forms can be found on the NEMCRC website.
*Main Image: Ken Murray
*Side Images: Paul Soulby