PATER­SON WINS AS SPORTS AND SALOONS SHINE

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Although Rod­die Pater­son took two dom­i­nant vic­to­ries, the Scot­tish Saloons and Sportscar races pro­vided some of the best ac­tion with in­tensely close bat­tles for the re­main­ing podium po­si­tions.

In race one, Paul Bry­don took up the chase in the early lap although he was de­layed by a spin for Alas­tair Mcmil­lan and had to take avoid­ing ac­tion. This al­lowed Fin­lay Crocker to put his new Honda Civic TCR into sec­ond place but he soon had to fend off the at­ten­tions of Colin Simp­son be­fore a spin for the Mar­cos Man­tis driver. It was left to Bry­don to hunt down the Civic and he made a bold move at Duf­fus on lap seven, which se­cured sec­ond place.

Bry­don’s form faded in race two and it was Crocker who pro­vided the late-race drama af­ter an­other fran­tic bat­tle be­hind leader Pater­son. Crocker made a late lunge on the last cor­ner against Simp­son and sur­vived a drag race to take the run­ner-up spot by a tenth of a sec­ond.

Stand­ings leader Gary Clark ex­tended his ad­van­tage in the Scot­tish BMW Cham­pi­onship with two dom­i­nant wins. His near­est ri­val, David Mcnaughton, had a dif­fi­cult day which led to him drop­ping down the order with time penal­ties in race one for ex­ceed­ing track lim­its, but these were later re­scinded, less­en­ing the dam­age to his points tally. Lee El­rick re­sisted the pres­sure of a five-car train be­hind him and held a well de­served sec­ond place af­ter a race-long bat­tle. While Clark was edg­ing away at the front, Mcnaughton drove a mea­sured race to score valu­able points for sec­ond in race two. The race was red flagged af­ter a vi­o­lent crash for Colin Gille­spie, who went off at high speed on the main straight but thank­fully emerged un­scathed.

De­spite start­ing on pole po­si­tion for Mini Cooper race one, Mal­colm Mcnab was left with lit­tle to cheer about on a week­end where he looked set to seize the ini­tia­tive in the cham­pi­onship stand­ings. Although Mcnab led the open­ing lap, his car slowed on the exit of the chi­cane with a gear­box prob­lem. This left Mor­gan Mur­ray to fend off Ian Munro and take the win. Race two started in a sim­i­lar vein but Munro’s chances were quickly spoiled by a loose bon­net which flipped up and ne­ces­si­tated re­pairs.

New­comer Rob­bie Dal­gleish could not keep pace with Mur­ray but found him­self in an ex­cit­ing bat­tle with Paul Bell, who snatched sec­ond af­ter a safety car restart. The top eight were re­versed for race three which pro­moted Han­nah Chap­man to pole. Re­al­is­ing the op­por­tu­nity, she pulled con­sis­tently away from Dy­lan O’don­nell and con­trolled the race to take her first win. Bell pro­vided some late drama af­ter win­ning a drag race with rookie Walsh for third. Mcnab sal­vaged vi­tal points with fifth place af­ter his race one set­back.

Neil Maclen­nan moved fur­ther ahead in the For­mula Ford stand­ings with two wins although the high­light of the week­end came from Se­bas­tian Mel­rose, who cel­e­brated third in race two af­ter a race-long bat­tle be­tween four cars.

Kevin Whyte con­tin­ued his win­ning form and took both Fi­esta wins while Steven Gray had the mea­sure of XR2 ri­val Jim Deans in both races.

Af­ter a tor­rid week­end at the last meet­ing, reign­ing cham­pion John Pater­son scored a hat-trick of wins to re­cover lost ground in the Le­gends cham­pi­onship.

Harry Simp­son took a win in the sec­ond Clas­sics race af­ter some ex­cit­ing rac­ing with race one win­ner Tommy Gil­martin.

An­ton Sav­age was the first win­ner in a trio of For­mula Sheane races. He led race one un­til it was red flagged. He then trailed Kevin Sheane at the restart un­til the exit of Rocket on lap four. Brian Hearty re­took David Parks for third on the last lap af­ter a num­ber of ear­lier ex­changes.

A trip across the kerbs at the end of the open­ing lap dis­lodged Sav­age’s nosecone and meant he lost his early race-two lead. Sheane led from thereon, with Parks just hold­ing off Hearty for sec­ond, hav­ing edged ahead from Rocket on lap 10.

A re­verse grid spiced things up for the fi­nale. Pole­man Char­lie Lin­nane made a first-lap break as the rest fought for sec­ond. Chris Mccabe had just hit the front on lap three and pulled clear un­til he went off at the Corkscrew. That brought out the safety car and handed the win back to Lin­nane, with Parks, Niall O’flynn and Rob­bie Allen line astern be­hind.

John Mickel won both of Satur­day’s Le­gends heats, tak­ing the lead in the first on the sec­ond lap and aided by Ben Power spin­ning out of sec­ond place, leav­ing Robert King and Con­nor Mills to com­plete the top three.

Mills led heat two ini­tially but lost out to Mickel on lap five and Power with three laps to go. They took the flag 0.663s apart. In the fi­nal, Robert King spun away his sec­ond place at the Corkscrew, hav­ing lost out to Power into the Bank­ing Hair­pin on lap two. Power held on for the re­main­ing laps with Mickel a clos­ing sec­ond and Mills a dis­tant third.

Power made the de­ci­sive move on King crest­ing Rocket for the sixth time to take vic­tory in the first of Sun­day’s heats, with Paul Sim­mons and Rickie Leg­gatt nose to tail for sec­ond af­ter Nathan An­thony spun.

Mickel led the sec­ond heat from Rocket on the open­ing lap, with Power los­ing out to Mills too. As Mickel’s lead grew, Power strug­gled to repass Mills, but fi­nally re­claimed sec­ond a lap from home.

Hav­ing eased him­self clear on the open­ing lap of Sun­day’s fi­nal it was an easy win for Mickel as five cars fell over them­selves for sec­ond. Power fi­nally claimed the place a lap from home, with Mills, Sim­mons and Leg­gatt line astern.

Greg Speight was un­beat­able in the first two XR Chal­lenge races. He led the first from lights-to-flag with Robert Clap­ton and Steve Poole nose-to-tail for sec­ond and third for the en­tire race.

In the sec­ond race, Speight’s dom­i­na­tion was just about to come un­der threat from Michael Heath on the third lap when the lat­ter’s en­gine blew. Poole re­claimed sec­ond place while Lee Bowron’s XR3I took third from Clap­ton out of the fi­nal cor­ner.

Heath was back for the fi­nale and broke Speight’s dom­i­na­tion with a clear win from the very back, while Poole com­pleted the podium places.

Jackie Cochrane’s Sun­beam Tiger won both HRCA Ire­land races and, af­ter win­ning the first CNC Heads Sports Saloon race from Paul Rose’s Saker, Rose took the sec­ond win af­ter an early duel with Joe Spencer’s Lo­cosaki.

Pater­son took twin vic­to­ries

Photos: Jim Moir

Clark took the BMW spoils

Kevin Sheane won race two

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