LAP records flew out the door as Preston and District racers returned to action at Three Sisters Circuit this past weekend.
At least eight new records were set between six classes as the points chase heated up all across the board.
South African Hudson Kennaugh was the man to beat in the hotly-contested Streetstock 125 and EVO 125 classes, beating Graham Corfield by a whopping 16sec in the first race before he was disqualified from the second race for an incorrect number display.
The former BSB paddock regular still managed to notch up a new track record of 1:01.625, however, before his result was taken away and Corfield was declared the winner.
In the EVO ranks, Kennaugh cleared off and won both races some 26sec clear of Corfield while Ste Tomlinson Jnr and Charlie Corner split thirds. On the same grid, Paul Whiting broke the Classic 50cc record with a 1:05.309.
Andy Jackson dominated the Single Cylinder class ahead of Kennaugh and David Glossop, but Glossop got the better of Kennaugh by just over half a second in race two to take the runner-up spot.
Tony Griffiths and Richie Harrison split wins in the Formula 400 ranks as Phillip Whalley followed them home both times for two thirds, but it was Griffiths in control of the Forgotten Era category with two clear wins of Clifford Washbrook and John Adamson.
The Welshman missed out on two more top finishes, however, as Dan Catherall beat him to the flag in both Up to 500cc races while Jake Campbell took two thirds.
Club regular Rob Barber led lights to flag in both races to secure the Formula 600 spoils, both times ahead of Mark Pattinson and Nigel Rea, and while it was a lone third for Rea in the first race, he only just missed out on second in race two by 0.239sec.
Tom Major bolstered his standing at the top of the Steel Frame series with the opening win and a new lap record of 57.029 to beat James Leatham across the line, but Leatham wasn’t having it and clawed back points in the second race with his own win and lap record as he shattered Major’s few-hour-hold mark with a 56.737.
Reigning Twins champ Sam Eckersley was chased all the way to the flag by Ryan Redman, who set a new lap record of 56.812 in pursuit, but Redman’s chase ended prematurely in race two as he suffered a high-side while looking for a way past Eckersley, leaving Catherall to second and James Hargreaves to another third.
Mike Powell was the man to beat in the Classics category as the only rider in the up to 250 class powered to a clean sweep.
*Images: Jack Wolfendale