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MCE British Superbike Riders Cross The Forth Road Bridge With Road Safety Message

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At the Forth Road Bridge today, the remarkable sight of the leading riders in the premier motorcycle racing championship in Europe, the MCE British Superbike Championship, took place as they rode their race bikes across the Bridge.

Working with Amey, Transport Scotland and the MCE BSB organisers, the riders posed for photographs and conducted numerous interviews ahead of this historic crossing. All parties are driven to support the cause for rider safety on the roads and recently Knockhill hosted an event with the slogan ‘Race on track, stay safe on the roads’ in conjunction with Road Safety Scotland.

Event organiser Stuart Gray, Knockhill Events Director, asked the riders ahead of the crossing if they could show a ‘number one’ sign as they crossed, to signify to their fellow riders to look after ‘number one’ as they ride

on the roads. Championship leader Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne and Scottish team-mate Stuart Easton were there along with fellow Kawasaki rival James Ellison. Scottish stars Taylor and Tarran Mackenzie as well as local Ducati TriOptions champion Dennis Hobbs from nearby Kelty were all happy to oblige as they crossed the famous landmark. All the riders then headed to Knockhill under more conventional means in their own road cars and vans.

The MCE British Superbike Championship is the biggest motorcycle race championship in the UK and the meeting, with over 200 riders from around the world and competing in various classes, is expected to attract a crowd of 15,000 over the weekend. The event starts tomorrow (Friday 3rd July) with practice followed by main qualifying on Saturday for the British Superbikes as well as a number of races for the support classes. A full race schedule is planned for Sunday 5th July with action from 9am each day.

On Sunday, gates will open at 7am in anticipation of the expected crowd and a Blondie tribute band, Dirty Harry, has been booked for an after event party to help ease the exit process.

For any further event information, please contact Stuart Gray on 01383 723337.

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Superbikes Set To Burn Up Knockhill Circuit On July 3rd – 5th

The biggest bike race meeting of the year, the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship, is all set for its annual journey north to Knockhill next weekend and for two Scottish riders, there is even more reason to put on a good show for the home fans.

Taylor Mackenzie, eldest son of three-times MCE BSB Champion Niall Mackenzie has made the step up to British Superbikes this season and is beginning to get to grips with the increased power and performance of his WD-40-backed Kawasaki.

That was until race two at the last round at Snetterton when his bike suffered an engine failure causing fuel to be pumped directly on to the hot exhaust. Engulfed in flames and having to spectacularly dismount, the footage has now been seen over a million times on YouTube as the 22-year-old jumped from his flaming bike.

Taylor will be on board a new bike at Knockhill and will be aiming for his best finish as his quest for his first points of the season continues at his home track.

Stuart Easton from Hawick, Scotland’s longest serving and most successful rider of recent times, is also gearing up for his home round and the PBM Kawasaki rider is aiming for a repeat of his podium finish from last season at Knockhill.

Easton was victorious at Oulton Park, following on from his podium finish at the opening round of the season at Donington Park. Now with Knockhill rapidly approaching, the flying Scot is determined to gain ground on the top three in the overall standings.

Easton said: “I am feeling really good and comfortable with the PBM Kawasaki; I never ever say that I am overly confident, because that isn’t me, but I definitely feel happy with where we are at the moment. We have had podiums and a win so far and even at Snetterton which has never been that good to me, I came away with two top tens and that consolidated my position in the top six for now.

“I was really glad to come away stronger and it gives me confidence for my home race now, which is always a big event for me. You always want to give that little bit extra at your home round, you want to find that extra one percent, and I want to be fighting for the podium again.

“At the end of last season we were pushing in the top five and since then it hasn’t been perfect at every round but we have definitely been in the mix. We keep moving forward, but so does everyone else, and my confidence is growing all the time. We were on the podium at Knockhill last year so I really would like that to happen again.”

Tickets for this massive event for Knockhill, Fife and Scotland are available now on www.knockhill.com or by phoning 01383 723337.

Picture credits: Courtesy of Knockhill and Jon Jessop Photography

NOTES TO EDITOR

The event runs over three days from 3rd to 5th July with the main race day on Sunday July 5th. For full event information, please contact Stuart Gray or Tracey Donald at Knockhill on 01383 723337.

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Colin’s Car For Kris – McRae Rally Challenge

Colin’s Car For Kris At The McRae Rally Challenge, Knockhill – May 16th / 17th

There won’t be a dry eye in the house when rally fans see what the Citroen World Rally Team has planned for next week’s McRae Rally Challenge. They are planning to bring a Citroen Xsara World Rally Car to the event for Argentine Rally winner Kris Meeke to drive.

And it’s not just any Citroen Xsara, this one will look exactly as it was when Colin McRae drove for the French Team 12 years ago.

Given the unique nature of this event being staged to commemorate the 20th anniversary of McRae’s World Rally title, Citroen have decided to make their own special tribute to McRae by having the vehicle liveried as it was 12 years ago when he drove for the team. A fitting gesture which only goes to highlight the esteem in which Colin was held the world over by his colleagues, competitors and fans.

The significance of Kris Meeke driving a Citroen in Colin McRae’s colours will provide the Knockhill crowd with a truly mesmerising spectacle.

Two weeks ago, at the end of the final stage of Rally Argentina, on one of the toughest events in the World Rally Championship calendar, and on the occasion of his first WRC victory, an emotional Meeke’s first thoughts were not about himself. His first words to the waiting pack of journalists and photographers were: “The one person who I owe the most isn’t here. This one’s for Colin.”

Because of that, when Meeke fires up the Xsara and drives it out of the Paddock on to the track for the first time on Saturday 16th May he will undoubtedly be met by a groundswell of popular support and a huge wave of emotion .


There will also be another surprise for rally fans at this two-day McRae Rally Challenge which is being supported by Beatson’s Building Supplies and EventScotland.

Colin’s brother Alister is flying in from Australia, where he now lives, to take part. Until now his choice of car has been secret, but it can now be confirmed that he will be driving a Proton Satria, similar to the car in which he won the 2011 FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Championship.

Coincidentally, the Malaysian based car manufacturer originally contracted with a north of England based motorsports engineering company to develop its range of World title winning rally cars. Based at Bakewell near Sheffield, Mellors Elliott Motorsport (MEM) is one of the UK’s top development and preparation experts. More recently, the team has been developing a new generation of Proton rally cars with English built Millington engines and the MEM team has confirmed that they will be bringing one of these rather special new cars north for Alister to drive.

Full event details and timetable for this remarkable and memorable event can be found on www.Knockhill.com with discounted tickets available on line up to midnight of Friday 15th May or at the gate each day.

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The unmistakable Colin McRae in the Citroen Xsara WRC

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Alister McRae and Proton’s Satria Neo S2000 won both the 2011 FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship drivers and manufacturer’s titles.

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Notes to Editors

EventScotland: EventScotland is working to make Scotland the perfect stage for events. By developing an exciting portfolio of sporting and cultural events EventScotland is helping to raise Scotland’s international profile and boost the economy by attracting more visitors. For further information about EventScotland, its funding programmes and latest event news visit: www.EventScotland.org.
Follow EventScotland on Twitter @EventScotNews.
EventScotland is part of VisitScotland, the national tourism organisation which markets Scotland as a tourism destination across the world, gives support to the tourism industry and brings sustainable tourism growth to Scotland.

Beatson’s Building Supplies: With branches in Alloa, Cumbernauld, Penicuik, Dunfermline and Stirling, Beatson’s Building Supplies is one of the country’s leading general builders merchant companies open to both the public and trade customers.

For more information about this event, please contact Stuart Gray at: stuartg
Tel: 01383 723337.
www.knockhill.com

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The Real Stig At The McRae Rally Challenge At Knockhill

From Flying Finns to Speeding Swedes, the McRae Rally Challenge in two weeks’ time (May 16/17th) will have something for everyone with the latest rally star to sign-up for the challenge confirmed as Swedish former World Rally Champion Stig Blomqvist.

The entry list is now pretty much finalised, and will be issued shortly for the two-day inaugural McRae Rally Challenge which is being supported by Beatson’s Building Supplies and EventScotland, to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Colin McRae and Derek Ringer becoming the first Brits to win the FIA World Rally Championship.

Blomqvist will drive the original Group B Audi Quattro Sport in which long time rival Hannu Mikkola scored numerous outright rally wins in 1982. The car is now owned by the flamboyant English rally driver Steve Perez.

In fact, multiple British and National Rally Champion Perez will be bringing two cars to the event, the Audi for Blomqvist, and an ex-works Ford Focus WRC that he will drive himself. Like Blomqvist, the Chesterfield-based driver has huge experience of rallying from the forests of the UK to the vast plains of central African Safari Rallies, so Knockhill will hold no fears!

Additional entries have come from even further abroad including the Isle of Mull, with the island’s top rallying exports, Calum Duffy and John MacCrone confirmed as entries. Eight-times Mull Rally winner Calum Duffy will debut his new Subaru Impreza while M-Sport Ford test driver John MacCrone will have a Ford Fiesta – of some sort!

Of particular interest to Scottish rally fans will be the appearance of three-times Scottish Rally Champion Ken Wood whose exploits over the years have endeared him to rally followers right across the nation. He has been loyal to British Leyland products ever since he started rallying in a Mini and was the envy of the works British Leyland rally team when he turned his own Triumph TR7 V8 and Rover SD1 into rally and championship winning cars when the professional ‘works’ team struggled. He was also the first privateer to score a rally win in an MG Metro 6R4.

Ken’s stubborn determination to stick with British Leyland products has resulted in his most unusual rally car yet, a self-built, rear wheel drive, Triumph Dolomite with a V6 engine!

Another poignant entry has come from Quintin Milne which is very appropriate for this event. Quintin’s own style of flat-out driving has often been compared to that of the former World Champion McRae, but perhaps there is an easy explanation for that.

Quintin’s father Donald Milne was a successful driver in the 1980s and was instrumental in the young McRae’s early success when he provided rally cars and sponsorship to enable the ambitious youngster to contest more events and broaden his experience.

When Quintin built his own Vauxhall Nova and set out on the road to rallying, Colin McRae was there to instruct and support. So when you see Milne’s Mitsubishi Lancer appear on the stage this weekend, take a couple of steps back, just in case!

The Battle of the BTCC Boys

They are more used to going door handle to door handle at the major circuits of the BTCC, but Gordon ‘Flash’ Shedden has now been joined by young rising star Aiden Moffat who races in the 2015 BTCC championship in a Laser Tools-backed Mercedes Benz. 19-year-old Aiden is no stranger to competition cars as he has grown up racing karts and cars since the age of 11.

What will make the battle of the BTCC boys even more interesting is that both Gordon and Aiden are entered in Mk2 Escorts and for both, it’s their first ever rally event.

Stuart Gray, Knockhill Events Director added: “The McRae Rally Challenge has already exceeded expectations with the amazing entry list and content, probably marking it as one of the best single venue rally events ever seen in the UK. There are so many ex World, British and Scottish champions entered and to have to the added dimension of two Scottish BTCC stars in Mk2 Escorts, it will be great to see who comes out on top.”

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Stig Blomqvist (Photo: Skoda Motorsport)
Aiden Moffat (Photo: Laser Tools Racing)

Notes to Editors

EventScotland: EventScotland is working to make Scotland the perfect stage for events. By developing an exciting portfolio of sporting and cultural events EventScotland is helping to raise Scotland’s international profile and boost the economy by attracting more visitors. For further information about EventScotland, its funding programmes and latest event news visit: www.EventScotland.org.

Follow EventScotland on Twitter @EventScotNews.

EventScotland is part of VisitScotland, the national tourism organisation which markets Scotland as a tourism destination across the world, gives support to the tourism industry and brings sustainable tourism growth to Scotland.

Beatson’s Building Supplies: With branches in Alloa, Cumbernauld, Penicuik, Dunfermline and Stirling, Beatson’s Building Supplies is one of the country’s leading general builders merchant companies open to both the public and trade customers.

For more information about this event, please contact Stuart Gray at: stuartg
Tel: 01383 723337. www.knockhill.com

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Mikkola To ‘Fire Up The Quattro’ at the McRae Rally Challenge, Knockhill – May 16th / 17th

 

Former World Rally Champion Hannu Mikkola and long time co-driver Arne Hertz are the latest stars to sign-up for next month’s McRae Rally Challenge. They won’t be alone. Sharing the spotlight will be a number of rare and exotic Audi quattro rally cars, the Group B machines that changed the sport in the 1980s for ever.

The ‘Flying Finns’ will be in attendance ‘with the four-wheel-drive ‘supercars’ that are part of the demonstrations and displays at the McRae Rally Challenge, supported by Beatsons’ Building Supplies and EventScotland, a special two-day rally event celebrating the 20th anniversary of Colin McRae’s World Rally Championship win.

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Mikkola was active in international rallying between 1972-93 and two years after joining Audi, won the 1983 Driver’s World title achieving four wins and three second places in the revolutionary Audi quattro with Hertz.

Mikkola was always a great favourite with the Scottish crowds, especially in the days when the week long annual RSAC Scottish Rally visited all points of the Scottish compass. Competitors trekked all across the country from the Great Glen forests in the north to Glentrool in the south, and from Drumtochty in the east to Knapdale in the west. In those days, the rally was as much a test of stamina and mechanical endurance, as skill and speed.

He first won the Scottish Rally in 1972, then again in 1978 and finally in 1980 in a Ford Escort Mk2, but it was his exploits in the four wheel drive turbocharged Audi quattro that sealed his popularity with some fervent Scottish fans changing his name to ‘McKkola’. He won the Scottish Rally a further twice in 1982 and 1984 in an Audi quattro – with Sweden’s Stig Blomqvist ruining his hat-trick in 1983 also at the wheel of an Audi Quattro!

Hannu commented: “It’s always nice to get back behind the wheel of an Audi quattro rally car and never fails to bring back special memories for me. Scotland has always been a favourite place of mine to rally in the UK, and I have been fortunate enough to do really well there too. It’s also great to support this event and celebrate a fantastic achievement in British motorsports and remember what Colin accomplished in the sport.”

Mikkola won the 1981 and ’82 RAC Rallies, that also swept through Scotland, and claimed victory, with Phil Short, on the 1982 Scottish International Rally in an Audi A2 quattro. He missed out on the ‘world’ crown to fellow Audi driver Stig Blomqvist that year – the Swede also claiming the British Open Championship title in 1983.

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Various derivatives of the Audi quattro were also victorious in Scotland in the hands of Blomqvist (1983), Malcolm Wilson (1985) and David Llewellin (1987).

The original Audi quattro rally car debuted in 1980 while the Audi Sport quattro S1 E2 that Mikkola drives at the Colin McRae Anniversary event was rallied in 1985. Between 1981-85, quattros won 23 WRC events and netted two WRC Manufacturers’ titles (1982/84).

Members of Lanarkshire based Coltness Car Club, who will be organising the competitive element of the McRae Rally Challenge, paid another of their regular visits to Knockhill last week – in the snow!

They met with the circuit’s Stuart Gray to discuss the final lay-out of the proposed 10 Special Stages which will be run over Saturday and Sunday afternoon.

The proposed lay-out will comprise a modified route using the high speed tarmac race track along with a more twisting and challenging ‘off-track course’.

With 45 cars starting at 30 second intervals this will ensure plenty of thrills and high speed on-stage action, but amongst the stars will be a category for Juniors. A dozen entries have been included for 14 – 17 year old up and coming rally drivers.

The sport introduced this new category five years ago to provide youngsters with a cost effective and strictly controlled entry into the sport. They will be competing in a variety of 1 litre cars on the same stage as the likes of Alister McRae, Kris Meeke, and now Hannu Mikkola.

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Hanu Mikkola and Arne Hertz pictured at the Goodwood Festival of Speed last year with an Audi quattro Sport.

Members of Coltness Car Club with Stuart Gray surveying the proposed rally route.
EventScotland: EventScotland is working to make Scotland the perfect stage for events. By developing an exciting portfolio of sporting and cultural events EventScotland is helping to raise Scotland’s international profile and boost the economy by attracting more visitors. For further information about EventScotland, its funding programmes and latest event news visit: www.EventScotland.org.
Follow EventScotland on Twitter @EventScotNews.
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For more information about this event, please contact Stuart Gray at: stuartg@knockhill.co.uk
Tel:  01383 723337.
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Knockhill To Celebrate McRae Anniversary With Rally Challenge

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Knockhill, Scotland’s National Motor Sport Centre, is delighted to announce the creation of a special rally festival event on May 16/17th 2015 to mark the 20th anniversary of the late, great Colin McRae winning the World Rally Championship in 1995.

Knockhill has long been the venue for rally action, previously hosting stages of the Scottish Rally, the UK Rally Challenge and currently hosts the opening round of the Scottish Tarmac Rally Championship every year.  This new event will be a multi-discipline, multi-action rally festival, not only celebrating the achievements of Colin, but the world of rallying, both old and new.

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The sporting element of this unique event will feature an invitational competitive rally for three classes, bringing together current competitors in their latest machinery. These will include competitors in classic rally cars and the next breed of rally stars.  The Brick and Steel Junior Rally Championship will feature at this event allowing our future young stars to showcase their potential.

The event will use a combination of tracks within the Knockhill venue including the famous racing circuit, the Knockhill rally stage and abundance of perimeter roads, all providing an exciting and challenging single venue rally format for the drivers and crews.

Organisers are working with the McRae family and an impressive display of Colin’s cars will not only take centre stage on display at the event, but will be driven on stage too.

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Knockhill Events Director, Stuart Gray, said: “We are proud and privileged to be working with the McRae family to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Colin’s world title. He competed here so many times in rally events, raced here in the British Touring Car Championship and a Porsche Carrera Cup car; he tested here often and came for some fun too. We knew him very well and think that this tribute event will be something special for the thousands of Colin’s fans and rallying fans across the UK and beyond.  We will be announcing details of the event soon, but the weekend of May 16/17th at Knockhill will be one for all rally and McRae fans to put in their diaries now.”

 

Jimmy McRae, Colin’s father said: “We are pleased to be working with Knockhill and their working group to put together this special event to mark Colin’s 20th anniversary. It seems only like yesterday that we all shared in his success and believe that this event will relive his achievements and showcase rallying in Scotland at a great venue. I have competed recently at Knockhill and know it is a real test for the crews and all the show elements off track will be a real treat for rally fans too.”



More information will be released over the coming weeks as to the event format, timings and costs to enter, and for Clubs and Trade stands to become involved too. Details will be on the Knockhill website www.knockhill.co.uk soon with more content being added during the coming months.

 

Stuart Gray added: “We believe this will not only be a special event for Colin’s 20th anniversary, but will also be a showcase event for all of rally sport in the UK. With the unique amphitheatre nature of Knockhill and the stage miles available, we hope it will become an annual event, bringing top class rallying to the people, and off track entertainment and enjoyment too with different themes and content each year.”

 

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Pictures attached of Colin McRae from Rally GB in 1995 (courtesy of Mark Writtle – www.writtlephotographic.co.uk).

Knockhill To Celebrate Circuit And Forth Road Bridge Anniversaries

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With just over six weeks to go to the 40th anniversary celebrations at the Homecoming Scotland-backed Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship meeting at Knockhill Racing Circuit, Scotland’s National Motor Sport Centre, in addition to the amazing event on August 23/24, which will feature four Scottish-based drivers, there are two very special additions to mark the year.

Jim Clark 50th Anniversary Forth Road Bridge Parade – Thursday 21st August at 11am

It’s the 50th anniversary of Jim Clark winning the BTCC title with Jim, John Cleland and Gordon Shedden being the only Scots to have won the title. To celebrate this, and the 50th anniversary of the Forth Road Bridge, Knockhill are working with the organisers of the Forth Bridge Festival (www.forthbridgesfestival.com) which will see a parade of six of Jim Clark’s cars and four modern day BTCC cars across the Bridge at 11am.

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From 9.30am, the Jim Clark cars will be on show in the South car park together with the actual race cars of Gordon Shedden (Honda), Glynn Geddie (Toyota), Aiden Moffat (Chevrolet) and Dave Newsham (Ford) which will all be part of the parade at 11am. Members of the press and public are all invited, and the organisers have procured permission to get a photographer to the top of one of the bridge towers and to fly two drone helicopters to capture video and stills from the air too.

There will be two of Jim Clark’s single seaters, two Lotus Cortinas and two other early Jim Clark cars, all of which will then go to Knockhill and be paraded on both Saturday and Sunday of the BTCC meeting during the lunch breaks. Knockhill is working closely with the Jim Clark Trust to make this happen as the circuit is donating 20% of all sales (using the code JIMCLARK50 via advance online bookings) to the development of the Jim Clark Room in Duns.

Clark Cortina

In a special commemoration, the crossing has been recognised as the first event to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Forth Road Bridge itself, one of 11 special events over the subsequent month, culminating in a massive firework display.

Homecoming Scotland 2014 Knockhill 40th Anniversary Marquee

Knockhill are inviting back racers and their cars that have featured over the 40 years of racing at the Fife track through the help and backing of Homecoming Scotland 2014. The Homecoming-branded marquee will be 50 metres long, with 10 metres dedicated to each of the four decades of Knockhill’s heritage and the final 10 metres set aside for the six Jim Clark cars.

The display will be a tremendous throwback through time as each section will be customised to the relevant period with pictures and display panels from each decade, as well as playing archive footage on large screens within the marquee.

It all adds up to a very special event, all kicking off at the Forth Road Bridge on Thursday 21st August and culminating with the usual three spectacular Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship races on Sunday 24th August.
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Byrne And Easton Eye Knockhill Success

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The Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki duo of Shane Byrne and Stuart Easton head for Scotland and round four of the 2014 MCE British Superbike Championship in confident mood this weekend as the action takes place at Knockhill.

Triple MCE BSB champion Byrne leads the standings by a comfortable 45 points following five wins and a second place in the opening six races and importantly, has racked up an impressive 28 Podium Credits which will become significant when the end of season Showdown to decide the MCE British champion commences.

Shane Shakey Byrne - PBM Rapid Solicitors - Snetterton BSB Podium

Shane Shakey Byrne – PBM Rapid Solicitors – Snetterton BSB Podium

The 37-year-old Londoner won both races at the Fife track last year to take his winning tally to seven at the hillside circuit just north of Dunfermline and following his double at Snetterton a couple of weeks ago, he increased his total of MCE BSB wins to a record breaking 56.

Team-mate Stuart Easton arrives at his local track knowing the partisan fans will be cheering for the 30-year-old Hawick rider as he looks to bounce back after a disappointing Snetterton which saw him scrape just three points.

The reigning Motorpoint British Supersport champion holds seventh place in the standings and has yet to win on home soil but aims to put that record right aboard the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R for the Penrith-based PBM team.

 

Shane Byrne: “It’s very early days in the season and there’s a long way to go so the plan at Knockhill is to just keep doing what we’re doing. I have a really good feeling with the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki right now and last year we had two good wins at Knockhill so the aim is obviously to do the same again. But I know that’s not going to be easy and I’m expecting a lot more pressure as it’s a tight and twisty track but the aim is two more wins.”

 

 

Stuart Easton: “I’ve finished second at Knockhill in every class in which I have raced but I have never been first and that is something that I am keen to put right this weekend. Racing there is always something that I look forward to as it is only a short trip from home; I get good support there and enjoy riding at Knockhill. I only get to race the track once a year and that has been the same all the way through my career so it is always very important for me to do well there. I’m only four points adrift of fifth place in the title race so after a disappointing round at Snetterton, I’ll be looking to put a smile back on my side of the garage.”

 

Paul Bird: “There is no pressure at all on either Shakey or Stuart from the team, they will do what they always do and go out and give it their best shot. Hopefully Shakey can keep those Podium Credits rolling in as that’s the important thing right now and it’s great that Scotland has a Superbike rider this year where I’m sure Stuart will want to put on a good show at his home round.”

 

Stuart Easton - PBM Rapid Solicitors, BSB Snetterton

Stuart Easton – PBM Rapid Solicitors, BSB Snetterton

 

The Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki MCE British Superbike Championship Team is running alongside the PBM MotoGP Team with riders Michael Laverty and Broc Parkes. Additionally, Paul Bird is running a full campaign in the REIS BTRDA Rally Series as well as selected International events in his Ford Focus WRC07. Both bike racing teams are sporting the colours of British Racing Green in deference to the team’s proud British heritage.

For more information on the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship and Paul Bird Motorsport teams, please visit www.britishsuperbike.com and www.pbmuk.net.

Pictures attached (courtesy of Jon Jessop Photograph) Shane Byrne (67) and Stuart Easton (5) will be looking for more success at Knockhill this weekend.

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Big Happenings At Knockhill Next Week

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2014 marks the 40th anniversary of Knockhill Racing Circuit, Scotland’s National Motor Sport Centre and to mark the occasion, there is a lot happening at the Fife track in recognition.

Next weekend (June 27/29), the circuit will host round four of the prestigious MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship and on Thursday 26th June, the Queen’s Baton Relay will visit Knockhill in the run-up to the Commonwealth Games.

Currently, Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne leads the series but he is expecting stiff opposition from the likes of Josh Brookes, James Ellison, Tommy Bridewell, Ryuichi Kiyonari and Chris Walker. Scottish hopes lay with Hawick’s Stuart Easton who in back on a Superbike and looking to break his Knockhill duck.

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It’s all part of a fantastic summer of sport in Scotland which will include the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship visiting Knockhill on August 23/24 which will see local hero Gordon Shedden gunning for victory in front of a partisan crowd.

At the forthcoming MCE BSB meeting, there will be a special 40 years of Bikesport at Knockhill celebration in the Homecoming Scotland 2014 marquee, with special exhibits from each of the four decades at Knockhill including the late Jock Taylor’s World Championship winning outfit. There will be a special Tribute Room with many of Jock’s trophies and other memorabilia on display in the Champion’s Clubhouse too.

Events Director Stuart Gray said: “We always strive to bring the best of motorsport to Knockhill and this year we are again hosting some of the best racing in the UK on two, three and four wheels. The highlights of the BSB and BTCC will be especially significant as the four decades of racing at Knockhill will be celebrated in style with the help and assistance from Homecoming Scotland.”

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Jillian Shedden To Carry The Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay

Knockhill Racing Circuit – Thursday 26th June – 7.30am

After travelling across the world to almost every Commonwealth country on the planet, the Queen’s Baton is returning to Scotland and visiting Fife on Thursday 26th June.

Knockhill Racing Circuit has been chosen as the first stop for the Baton and uniquely will be carried on the back of a Superbike by Knockhill MD Jillian Shedden. The lap of honour will be a family affair as the bike will be ridden by her father, and circuit owner of 30 years Derek Butcher with Jillian as a pillion. The bike will be escorted by four bikes, one from each of the four decades that Knockhill existed as the Fife Circuit is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.

The lap precedes the Homecoming Scotland 2014 MCE British Superbike event on the 27/29 June where upwards of 15,000 bike fans are expected to descend on Knockhill.

Jillian Shedden said: “We are honoured at Knockhill to be chosen as the first Fife venue for the visit of the Queen’s Baton and I am delighted to be chosen too, as I follow in a long line of people around the world who have held the Baton. It is a special 40th anniversary year for Knockhill and this is a fitting event within a memorable year for us. We wish Glasgow and everyone competing at the Commonwealth Games the best of luck and thank the organisers for choosing Knockhill for the Baton to do such a historic lap of the track.”

The lap of Knockhill will happen between 7.30am before it leaves at 7.50am and The Provost of Fife, Jim Leishman will welcome the Baton and Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport Shona Robison will be on hand to flag off Derek and Jillian on their historic lap of Knockhill.

McClung Lands Dream Ducati Ride At Knockhill BSB

Paul McClung, one of the rising stars of Scottish bike racing has earned a dream opportunity to race in the Ducati TriOptions Cup at the Knockhill round of the MCE British Superbike Championship, when the prestigious series comes to Scotland from 27-29 June.

The 18-year-old from Haddington has impressed in every class he has raced in since his debut season in 2009. McClung can also boast a number of Scottish titles to his name, having won Scottish Championships at F125, Mini Twin and Superstock 600 levels.

Niall Mackenzie, Knockhill Motor Sports Club President and Ducati TriOptions Ambassador, had no hesitation in nominating McClung for the ‘Guest’ Ducati ride, having seen first-hand some outstanding performances from the youngster during race events at Knockhill.

Niall said:  “Paul certainly has all the right traits to be a successful bike racer. Year on year he has improved his pace and fine tuned his race craft to a level which l felt warranted a ride on the Ducati at his home round. I know he’ll enjoy riding the 899 Panigale and he will also gain some valuable experience in a field of high quality riders.”

Alongside his Ducati Tri Options Cup ride, McClung has also entered the Pirelli National Superstock 600 race at Knockhill. A busy schedule will see him take to the track 11 times over the course of the weekend; with practice, qualifying and three races to compete in. McClung has previous British Championship racing experience at the Fife track, having raced in the Superstock 600 class back in 2013, qualifying 12th out of 50 riders and running as high as sixth place before mechanical issues forced him to retire.

Paul said: “I’m really looking forward to the event, and more so now that l will also be riding in the Ducati TriOptions Cup. It’s a real honour for me to be nominated by Niall and hopefully l can repay that faith with some solid results at Knockhill.”

Mackenzie added: “In my role as KMSC President, l’ve seen the progress Paul has made over the past five years. As a Club, the KMSC are always looking at ways to support up and coming young talent and l’m delighted that l was able to help Paul with this opportunity. Having a Scottish rider in the high profile Ducati TriOptions Cup will be a great addition to the Knockhill BSB weekend so I hope Paul has two successful races.”

Alongside the Ducati TriOptions Cup and Pirelli National Superstock 600 races, the bike racing event will also welcome five other racing championships to the Fife venue. Topping the bill however, will be the MCE British Superbike Championship, arguably the best domestic bike racing series in the World.

Tickets for the event can be booked online via the Knockhill website www.knockhill.com, or by calling 01383 723337. On the day tickets will also be available at the gate throughout the weekend (27/28/29 June).

If you wish to attend the Queen’s Baton Relay, please respond to Tracey Joesbury on traceyj@knockhill.co.uk by Tuesday 24th June or phone 01383 723337. Please also note the timing of the photo opportunity will be around 7.40am as it will be leaving Knockhill at 7.50am on its tour of Fife

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