Today, we launched the 2017 Super Lap Scotland powered by Rockstar Energy Drink season as 50+ competitors took to the track in SLS’s seven championship classes (F to Pro), all chasing individual class honours and of course ‘King of the Hill’ Championship points that will see the winner receive free entry into the 2018 season.
2016 Champion, Paul Rankin was also at the track today following a complete winter re-build to his all-conquering Subaru Impreza RB320. However, steering failure re-railed his 2017 season start leaving the door open for a new pro class winner – for the first time in almost 18 months – such has been Rankin’s dominance of the series.
With Rankin out the picture, Colin Dorward set about adding his name to the Pro class winners list, by clocking an impressive 52.697sec lap in the SLS final. Dorward was confident all day and still believes there is more to come from him and his car this season. The pro class just got a whole lot more interesting.
Other class winners on the day included:
- Archie Bain – taking the Class A win
- George Rigby – taking victory in Class B following his jump from Class C where he won the title in 2016.
- Martyn Henry – set a stonker of a lap in Class C to finish ahead of Robbie Wyper and former Class D Champion, Keith Cowie.
- Steven Jefferies – took Class D honours.
- Fraser Jamieson – won Class E by the slenderest of margins, just 0.170secs ahead of Michael Foster
- And, Robert Jobson fired the Disability Motorsport Scotland car to Class F victory.
Aside from the SLS action on track, the Knockhill venue was jam-packed, quite literally, with over 500 show cars on site. There were cars in paddock one, paddock two, paddock 3; the holding area and even in the pit-lane garages such were their numbers. An eclectic mix of every conceivable make, model and colour any motorsport fan could wish for.
There were also the usual smatterings of Drag and Drift and we even saw the Clio Scotland Owner’s Club take an exclusive trackday session for their members during the event – the first time a club has booked tracktime as part of an SLS event.
Now that the season is go, it’s onwards and upwards for the Championship, with entry numbers set to grow round by round as all the 2016 winter rebuilds finally hit the track in the coming months. Round two for the series takes place on Sunday 14th May – which will also feature our highly popular Japanese Car Show. You can book tickets online now, or alternatively, arrive on the day and pay at the gate.
Look forward to seeing you all at Round 2.
See all the results from today here!