Only Irish superbiker beats Birnie

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ON SUNDAY, local racer Bruce Birnie competed in the latest instalment of the Knockhill and Scottish Championship season at Scotland’s premier circuit at Knockhill, near Dunfermline.

The event saw a number of wild-card entries in numerous classes from British Championship riders looking to steal a march on fellow competitors before the MCE British Superbike Races Scottish round, to be held at Knockhill on June 24.

Among them, Irish star Glen Irwin signed up to race in the Superbike class on board his British Supersport machine. The CN Racing man wasted no time putting down a marker by posting a time of 51.029 seconds to claim the number one grid spot in qualifying.

Bruce Birnie and National Superstock 1000 rider Joshua Day secured the other front row slots. However, it would be Birnie who would leave for home on Sunday night scratching his head after a blistering display from Irwin.

Not only did Irwin secure all three race victories, he also broke the Knockhill Club Superbike lap record on two separate occasions.

His first effort, on lap seven of the opening race saw him post a time of 50.880 seconds, before going even quicker in his final outing, setting a time of 50.733 seconds to break the record he set only a few hours earlier.

Despite this display by Irwin, Bruce, on his Carnegie Fuels-sponsored BMW, gave the Irish rider a strong challenge and his best lap time for the three races was 51.131 and secured him second position in all three races.

As usual Bruce produced some smooth, stylish riding which provided the spectators with action packed racing.

Sunday’s race meeting was covered by Motors TV and will be televised on July 21.

l Our photograph shows Bruce Birnie in aggressive mood.

Picture by William Wheelans