Bruce on form

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LOCAL biker Bruce Birnie was on form at the most recent Scottish Superbike Championship rounds at the 1.28-mile Knockhill circuit.

The meeting was organised by the Knockhill Motor Sports Club and over two days racing Bruce, competing on his Carnegie Fuels sponsored 1000 cc BMW S100RR machine, was in fine form and provided the spectators with two days of thrilling action.

On the Saturday’s 10-lap race six, he was second to winner David Paton by a mere 0.029 of a second and produced the best lap for that race with an average speed of 88.293 mph, and provided the spectators with a thrilling opening Superbike race.

In his next outing in Saturday’s race 12, and after another action packed race in which he had a best speed of 89.384 mph, he secured first spot on the podium after another blistering performance against second position rider, David Paton, and Andrew Tasker in third place. They were a mere 0.383 and 0.802 seconds behind him across the finishing line.

In Sunday’s race 18, after a rider had a spill, the race had to be restarted and because of a 10-second penalty for overtaking on a yellow flag, Bruce only managed to secure a fifth position.

But with that behind him in race 24, he was fired up and in action once more and after another close race with Tasker and Paton he secured first position again.

In the final race of the day, another 10 laps of the Knockhill circuit, Bruce produced another blistering performance and took first place in a total time of 8:44.089 from Donald MacFadyen.