RECORDS flew and champions were crowned as Preston and District Club riders rolled into Wigan for their penultimate round of the season.
And while three titles already went the way of Tony Griffiths, there was plenty more action at Three Sisters with championship battles heating up.
Myerscough College rider Ryan Garside swept the Streetstock 125 Evo class, beating Charlie Corner by nearly 13sec in the first race and almost 8.5sec in the second race with Nick Boggan grabbing third each time. But Garside’s charge comes too late in the season as Corner still leads the championship tables, 19 points clear of Graham Corfield.
And while Garside scored another win in the Stock 125 ranks ahead of Corner and Corfield, it was Kathryn Walker who notched up her second win of the season just 0.741sec ahead of Corner.
Cover model Rob Barber was first over the line in the Formula 600 races after leading lights-to-flag, with Russ Mountford and Mark Pattison bagging a second each as Keith Ferrari pipped Nigel Rea for third in the opener.
But it was all Pattinson and Mountford in the 401-1300cc Open scraps as Pattison nipped the win by just under half a second in race one before Mountford powered more than 1.4sec clear to take the victory in race two.
Points leader Dan Catherall destroyed the field in the opening Single Cylinder race of the weekend with a new lap record of 57.280sec to boost his title bid as he powered home more than 21sec clear of David Glossop and James Hunt. But James Gerrard was back in action for the second race, storming to victory nearly seven seconds clear of Catherall and Glossop.
Gerrard was also out scorching the tarmac in the Classic class, where he set a new 251cc-Unlimited record of 1:00.266 along with Mike Powell, who broke the 250cc class record with a 1:02.381 as they both made clean sweeps of their respective classes. Just behind, Derek Butler took both Post Classic wins after beating Sue Stelfox by just 0.274sec at the line.
Tom Major stamped his authority on the Steel Frame category with wins by five and nine seconds over his nearest title rival Alistair Milne, while Ste Johnston took a third before Dean Tomlinson stole the other podium finish from Peter Eaton by less than a second.
And although the steelie title chase may still alive, Major looks to have wrapped up the Pre Injection championship with another clean sweep over Daniel Tomlinson and Milne to bring his lead in the tables to 35 points with only 30 on offer at the finale.
Minitwin rider Ryan Redman snatched both Twins victories with time to spare, but it’s Sam Eckersley and James Hargreaves who will do battle for the crown after scoring a second and third apiece, leaving Eckersley 15 points in the clear.
*Main image: Jack Wolfendale
*Side images: Chris Swinton