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Triple British Superbike Champion and Scottish racing hero Niall Mackenzie has been persuaded by the bosses at Knockhill Racing Circuit to return to racing for one weekend only.

On Sunday, October 5th, Mackenzie will be racing in the closely-fought Supersport 600 class which forms part of the action packed programme at the traditional end-of-season 'Jock Taylor Race Meeting' staged in memory of Scotland's World Champion Sidecar Racer who was tragically killed while competing in a race on the Imatra Circuit in Finland in 1982.

The Denny man, who now resides in Ashby-de-la-Zouche is still very much involved in the high speed world of motorcycles in coaching, management and media roles, said: "I agreed to do this special race meeting at Knockhill last year but unfortunately had to withdraw my entry due to having to undergo an operation so one year on I am fulfilling my promise by dusting down my leathers and throwing my leg over a bike".


The bike in question is the Honda CBR 600RR belonging to another flying Scot, Knockhill based bike dealer and 4 times Scottish Supersport 600 Champion Bob Grant.  

Mackenie added: "Knockhill and Bob have got together and provided me with a proven, championship-winning machine so I'm already running out of excuses but it's a very hotly contested class in Scotland and I'll have to get rid of the race rust early on it if I hope to be in contention but I am looking forward to riding in front of a home crowd".

Backing up the old man will be the most junior member of the Mackenzie clan, 12-year-old Tarran, who will be competing in the field of Formula 125s with hi Aprilia RS 125.

"I think it will be an 'interesting' weekend for both myself and Tarran," said Mackenzie Senior. "With both of our classes being so closely contested there's certainly never going to be a dull moment and we are looking forward to a great end of season."

Sidecar Racing will be prolific on Sunday's action packed programme with top teams from Scotland, the Isle of Man, England and Wales battling it out for honours in the 'Celtic Cup'.  The final race for the 3 wheeled, 160mph racing chariots will be the 'Jock Taylor' with every competitor determined to win the prestigious Jock Taylor Trophy.

The race meeting, organised by Kirkcaldy & District Motor Club will feature the finals of every class in the Scottish Championships including the Formula 125 Series, Classics, 600 Production, Mini-Twin/F400's, 400 Production and the big 1000cc Superstocks.  The Celtic Challenge also extends to solo machines as well as the sidecars.

Warm up sessions commence at 9am with race action from around 10am.

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