Bruce on fine form in NI race

Bruce at the Ballysally Roundabout
Bruce at the Ballysally Roundabout

The Montrose based rider and 2012 Scottish Superbike champion, Bruce Birnie, competed in the Vauxhall International 2014 North West 200 race this month.

The event was held on closed roads on the famous 8.97 mile “Triangle” around the towns of Coleraine , Portrush and Portstewart in Northern Ireland between May 10 and 17.

The event, which was in it’s 85th year this year, attracts road racing riders from all over the world and saw Bruce competing with established riders like John McGuiness and the Dunlop brothers, all who have incredible skill and fearless courage to attempt road racing, where one mistake could mean disaster.

Bruce was riding in three classes, the Superbike and the Superstock on his 1000cc BMW and in the Supertwins on his 650cc Suzuki, both machines sponsored by Carnegie Fuels.

The speed trap results show Bruce of having recorded speeds of 181 mph on his superstock Suzuki and 188 mph on his BMW. With speeds like this on the roads, where there is no run off strips, as at circuit racing, really testifies to the courage of Bruce and his fellow competitors.