Bruce Birnie became the inaugural Knockhill Superbike Champion following some frantic racing at the Fife racetrack.
Contested over 8 rounds at the Knockhill circuit, Birnie Racing won the overall championship with a convincing 46 point lead. Going into the last round the team had a 58 point lead which meant the pressure was all but off and main rival Adrian Clark from Inverness had a challenge on his hands to claw back such a big advantage. But with a previous race being cancelled due to the weather, there were 3 races still to take place and with the final race carrying double points, everything was still to play for. As Birnie lined up his Carnegie Fuels BMW S1000RR for the first race he knew he had to play it safe and ensure that he finished all the races to ensure the championship was his. Playing a points game Birine settled for a safe second after a back marker got in his way in the first and whilst preparing to take a victory in the second the race was halted due to rain, with only half points being awarded. This meant that Birnie Racing had done enough to win the championship even with 1 race and double points still to go. As Birnie lined up his Carnegie Fuels BMW S1000RR for the first race he knew he had to play it safe and ensure that he finished all the races to ensure the championship was his. The team were delighted at becoming the first ever Knockhill Superbike Champions. Following his victory, Bruce said: “That was one of the best races of the season and to have a finish like that with Adrian was just fantastic. It’s only possible due to the fantastic team I have and the sponsors as well, so a huge thanks to Carnegie Fuels and Stirfresh for their continued support. We are off to East Fortune in a few weeks and will hopefully win the North East Championship but it’ll be another hard weekends racing”.