Local champion!

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BRUCE Birnie became the inaugural Knockhill Superbike Champion, following some frantic racing at the Fife race-track.

Contested over eight 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 three races still to take place and with the final race carrying double points, everything was still to play for.

As George Street barber Bruce 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 first two races saw close fighting between Birnie and Clark as they led the pack throughout both races.

But playing a points game Bruce settled for a safe second after a backmarker got in his way in the first race, and while 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 one race and double points still to go.

Although the team were delighted at becoming the first-ever Knockhill Superbike Champions a professional air kept celebrations to a minimum as there was still the final race to prepare for.

The crowds were treated to a fiercely fought demonstration of high speed racing with Birnie and Clark exchanging the lead several times on each lap.

As the riders crossed the line for the final time Clark had inched ahead of Birnie to take the chequered flag.

With team celebrations under way Bruce completed media interviews with Knockhill Radio and Sky Motors TV who have televised the series.

Bruce commented: “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 weekend’s racing”.

This series of races can be seen on Motors TV on Thursday, October 13.