DARREN Higson, John Marsh and Simon Aspin led the win tallies this weekend in Wigan, bagging a hat-trick each as the Preston and District Motor Cycle Club returned to action.
Higson, who now leads the 400-1300cc championship, took the opening race with a lights-to-flag victory nearly six seconds ahead of previous points leader Stephen Ryan and Keith Ferrari, before following it up with another win over Keri Morgan, with Ferrari again third.
He looked to be on for four on the trot after grabbing the opening Formula 600 spoils, 2.284s clear of Marsh, but Higson crashed out of the lead in the second 600 scrap, leaving Marsh to take the win while Nigel Rea pipped Morgan on the penultimate lap to take a runner-up finish.
Marsh had no trouble taking both PDMCC Marshals Club Newcomers victories, the first nearly six seconds clear of Ryan, and the second over 27s ahead of Will Neville as Simon Nolan took two thirds.
Steelie ace Simon Aspin moved head of Richard Tomlinson in the Pre-Injection championship after edging Lawrence Jones to the opening win by just 0.201s, with Thomas Gigg in a lone third.
And although the second race looked to be going to James Leatham, he dropped out of contention with two laps to go, leaving Aspin to pick up victory over Neville and Gigg.
While Leatham had powered to the first Ian Hosker Steel Frame win by over 12s, Aspin bagged the second win with Leatham not on the grid.
Phillip Whalley got the best start in Llan Bike Festival Up to 500cc race one, but he was soon overtaken by Andrew Jackson, who scorched to victory over four seconds ahead of Tony Griffiths, with Whalley taking third.
And while Malcolm Charlton got the holeshot for race two, Jackson soon sliced through and took another win from Griffiths and Jonathan Cunningham.
The opening Twin Cylinder spoils went to Max Lofthouse after the 15-year-old carved his way past Martin Robbins and held off Sam Eckersley to take victory. But Robbins wasn’t having it, and he led lights-to-flag in the second race, beating Eckersley by less than a second as Lofthouse was relegated to third.
Lofthouse and Robbins were at it again in the Formula 400 scraps, where the youngster took the first win by 1.6s. But once again, Robbins hit back and passed Lofthouse early in race two, holding the teen off by a mere 0.040s to take the win, while Tony Griffiths took another third.
Griffiths also stormed to both Forgotten Era race wins by over 1.5s, beating Stu Poulton and Alex Latham to victory as Poulton and Kieron Jackson took a third apiece.
Classic rider Derek Heap snatched the win from Garth Woods in the first Classic 251cc to Unlimited with a pass on the final lap, but Jaeson Caunce did the exact same to Heap after Heap led every lap of race two, but was then forced to finish second.
Ben Heaton took both Classic up to 250cc wins, while Derek Butler was the lone Post Classics up to 500cc rider in each race.
Defending Streetstock EVO 125cc champ Sam Clowes destroyed the pack in both races, beating Darren Anderson by 11s in the first before doubling the gap over Mark Pollitt to take a 22s victory in the second scrap. Pollitt also swept the 50cc GP with his second and third overall finishes.
Graham Corfield swept the Streetstock 125cc scraps, beating Heaton to the line by less than a second in both races, while Leatham and Nick Boggan shared thirds.
*Images: Jack Wolfendale