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David Campbell Memorial RR 2007

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Paul Coats (Squadra Via Mazzini Racetool) showed that he had the legs to match his cool suntan with a fine win in Sunday’s David Campbell Memorial race over 80 cold and hilly miles around Fife’s Cults Hills.

Second was Phil Brown who was the only one to respond to Coats’ attack on the final ascent of Cadgers Brae but couldn’t match the man in Persil white when it came to the finishing straight.

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Winner Paul Coats (Squadra Via Mazzini Racetool).

Brown, third in the Drummond Memorial and best Scot at Girvan must be due for the big win soon. Third was southern raider, Colin Ash (Andersons Racing) who was best of the survivors of the group which Coats and Brown bolted from.

There were 42 riders on the sheet as the riders headed east into a cold easterly which whipped-in from the North Sea.

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At Montrave, which tops the long, sore drag out of Kennoway the bunch was huddled together for warmth as a few specks of icy rain blew through.

At the top of the first ascent of former hill climb venue, Cadgers Brae, it was Coats nailing his colours to the mast as he took the prime.

Unusually for a Scottish race, the winning break had not established itself by the end of the first lap and approaching Craigrothie for the second time a group of four, including Rosneath winner, Gordon Murdoch ((East Kilbride CC) was trying to go clear.

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Coats again from Wilson.

By Porters Brae (which comes some two miles after the ascent of Cadgers), on lap two it was Coats again taking the prime from Ray Wilson (Dunfermline CC) and eight others.

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Phil Brown.

The damage was done now and the next group was a minute-plus down.

A lap later, on Cadgers Brae and the race was between ten men — Ash, Coats, Brown, Murdoch, Wilson, Callum Wilkinson (Pedal Power RT), Jonathan Copp (Deeside Thistle), Paul Rennie and Jim Murdoch (Edge RT) plus Ian Sim (Glasgow Couriers).

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The race was now between just ten men.

The gap to the nearest group of chasers was 2-20 by now and there were riders scattered all over central Fife as the wind, cold, hills and distance took their toll.

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The chasers at Langside.

At Hill of Tarvit for the last time the ten were working smoothly and the gap was 2-36. On the old Fife ten mile TT course, Ray Wilson’s bid for a home-club win in Fife’s biggest race came to an end as the Irishman’s transmission disintegrated.

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Ray WilsonR