PRESTON and District riders took on their busiest round of the year last weekend as they hit Three Sisters for their annual double-header.
Charlie Corner opened his Streetstock Evo 125 account with a dominant 10sec victory over Thomas Hayne, but was beaten to the punch in race two by last year’s Streetstock champ Graham Corfield.
And while Corner doubled up on Sunday three seconds clear of Ste Tomlinson Jnr, he was pipped to the line by Richard Harrison in the final to prevent a hat-trick.
Corfield was back on top in the standard Streetstock races with a win over Corner and Kathryn Walker in the opener, but Walker powered into the lead to win race two before Corner and Mark Bainbridge split Sunday’s victories.
The visiting Earlystocks were swept on Saturday by club front-runner Stu Poulton, but after getting close in race two, John Adamson beat Poulton to the line by some 1.5sec in race three – despite the series leader’s new lap record of 44.287sec – before Poulton bagged his third win of the weekend in the final.
But he wasn’t the only one breaking records – on the same grid, PC up to 500 double-winner Andrew Frazer set the new International circuit benchmark on Sunday of 1:03.319 en route to a double before Sue Stelfox and Derek Butler split honours on Sunday, where James Gerrard and David Whitehouse also set records in the Classic ranks.
Nigel Rea bolstered his standing at the top of the Formula 600 championship after beating John Marsh to the opening win by less than a second before Marsh got the better of him by 0.261sec in race two. But it was all Marsh on Sunday as he cruised to two more wins while Darren Higson and Keith Ferrari vied for the rostrum spots.
Steel Frame honours went the way of both Tom Major and Alistair Milne on Saturday, but Major’s pace heated up in a big way on Sunday as he dominated both eight-lap scraps with the new record of 42.265sec in hand.
Although he looked to have control of the field in the first Pre Injection race, Milne was slapped with a 10sec jump start penalty, allowing Major to win as the latter completed his PI clean sweep with another new record of 42.663 on the Perimeter circuit.
Dan Catherall made a clean sweep of the Single Cylinder ranks as he controlled each race lights-to-flag, while Whitehouse, David Glossop and James Hunt shared runner-up spoils.
While he ended the first 401-1300cc race down in last place as Mark Pattinson beat Ferrari and Rea to victory, Marsh was back in action for the open class battles to end Saturday over Pattinson before powering ahead of Higson and Rea to complete his 1300cc hat-trick on Sunday.
*Image: Chris Swinton