PRESTON and District riders tore up the record books last weekend as Three Sisters roared into life for PDMCC round three.
And with rain and the International circuit to contend with on Saturday ahead of Sunday’s drier assault on the Perimeter layout, it was a meeting of two halves.
Just like he did on the International circuit last month, Baz Dimelow stormed the Perimeter circuit to break the Formula 600 lap record not once, but twice, on Sunday.
After beating Ryan Davies and Keith Ferrari by nearly 10sec in Saturday’s F600 opener, Dimelow retired from the lead in race two as Davies only just pipped David Jackson by 0.056sec as Ste Tomlinson Snr took third. But Dimelow was back in the saddle on Sunday, dominating as usual as he beat James Leatham and Lewis Davies with a new record of 40.663sec.
As if the lap record wasn’t enough, Dimelow was back out in the 1300cc class with another four wins as Leatham, James Morris and Dan Tomlinson shared the podium spoils.
He wasn’t alone in the record club, either, as last month’s record setter Ryan Garside was also back out on his CBR125 in the Streetstock ranks and after qualifying on pole a second clear of his brother Max, he pulled 13sec clear of Karl Gilbert and Sam Cookson before a race two DNF on Saturday after just a lap allowed Sean McKenna to pip Max to victory with Luis Murphy in third.
But Ryan was back in action on Sunday and despite another dominant pole, he opted to start last on the grid and broke the Streetstock 125 lap record with a 46.327 before taking victory over McKenna and Cookson. And after an EvoTech clean sweep on Saturday, Ryan was back on record pace on Sunday as he added the modified class lap record to his tally with a 46.486.
The record-setting wasn’t done there. Former Wirral 100 champ Mike Bampton rocked up to join the Twins grid and after beating Stephen Johnston and Jason smith comfortably on Saturday, he cleared off by five seconds ahead of Jamie Ellis in Sunday’s opener before beating Johnston and Calum Beach by just under two seconds in race two as he set a new Twins record of 42.389sec.
Michael Kemp swept Saturday’s Classic 251cc+ races before Garth Woods and Michael Wall notched up victories of their own on Sunday, while Michael Powell scored three 250cc wins to William Butler’s one as Ben Heaton bagged a runner-up finish.
In the Post-classic Air Cooled 500 ranks, Simon Hunt doubled up on Saturday ahead of Tim Jones, but with an absent Hunt it was Jones on top with two on Sunday ahead of Sue Stelfox and Robin Bartlett.
Alex Latham took three wins in the F400 category ahead of Philip Whalley and Darran Cooper, but Whalley broke up his hopes of a clean sweep with a victory of his own. Just behind, Ben Brown notched up all four Single Cylinder over 125cc wins ahead of Allan Richardson and Lewis Thistlethwaite.
After taking the opening Single Cylinder up to 125cc win, Ryan Garside was relegated to third as Spencer Hunt took the win over Corfield, before Hunt completed a hat-trick with two more on Sunday as Powell and Peter Strohmaier took a second and a third apiece.
Beach and Latham split the Up To 500cc wins on Saturday with winning margins of no more than a second, before splitting the spoils again on Sunday with even less separating them as they finished one race no more than 0.066sec apart.
Johnston took a pair of comfortable Pre-Injection wins on Saturday as Jackson, David Greenwood, Dan Tomlinson and Martin Clare squabbled for rostrum honours, but it was club ace Clare back on top with two from two on Sunday as Stephen Ryan scored second both times.
Back in their usual battle, Leatham and Clare went head-to-head in the Steel Frame scraps as Leatham took three wins to Clare’s one, as James Millington and Paul Sweeney shared the Forgotten Era spoils.