The David Leslie Super Touring Car Championship Festival (SMRC)

Saturday 4th - Sunday 5th August, 2018

The David Leslie Super Touring Car Festival event on August 4th /5th is our tribute to one of Scotland’s greatest ever drivers, David Leslie. A selection of the best Touring and Super Touring Cars will once again do battle with a feature race on each day.

The event starts after lunch on Saturday 4th with qualifying for a number of the SMRC classes, the Super Touring qualifying and their first feature race. What makes this event even more special is that the STCC runs Touring Cars from the 90s and 00s, with the Super Tourers head-lining the grid, with a mix of pre Super and post Super Touring Cars adding to the mix.

The David Leslie Super Touring Car Championship Festival (SMRC)
The David Leslie Super Touring Car Championship Festival (SMRC)
The David Leslie Super Touring Car Championship Festival (SMRC)
The David Leslie Super Touring Car Championship Festival (SMRC)

Event Information


During the 1980s and ‘90s, the British Touring Car Championship became arguably the best national championship in the world. This became a global success with championships in Europe, Asia, North and South America and Australia when the Super Touring Car regulations came into force in the late 90s, up to 2000. Manufacturers were ploughing millions into their 2 car teams, culminating in 10 manufacturers including Alfa Romeo, BMW, Ford, Peugeot, Toyota, Vauxhall and Volvo. Many ex F1 drivers even took their place within the BTCC including Derek Warwick, Gabriele Tarquini, Nicola Larini and Nigel Mansell, drivers from Sports Cars had a go including, Frank Biela, Steve Soper and Manfred Winklehock, all taking on the British stars of Cleland, Hoy, Plato, Leslie, Watts, O’Dor and Reid. They were magical race days.

From 2015, John Cleland, Patrick Watts and Tim Harvey relieved their golden era but it was Stewart Whyte from Auchterarder who eclipsed them all in his ex-Le Mans legend Tom Kristensen Honda Accord. In September, we are hoping for a great, mixed grid of all era’s, featuring some cars with a huge pedigree from their early race days, now reliving their glory days, some reunited with their original drivers and some with new owners who are keen to show them off to an appreciative audience.

Event Features:

  • Feature race;  HSCC Super Touring Car Championship (Reduced grid see News Story)
  • SMRC Classes – 7 highly competitive championship classes
  • Pre Race Grid Walk (Free on Sunday 5th Aug - Weather Dependant)
  • Additional points of note:
  • SMRC race days are great value for money with 8 hours or fast and furious action that will keep you and your family/friends and relatives enthralled from start to finish. Saturday action will be from 1 pm and all day on Sunday.
  • You’ll see a selection of Scotland’s top racing drivers compete in a wide variety of vehicles and Championships plus the visiting racers of the Super Tourers.
  • Free Access to Pit Lane Garages during lunchbreak, giving you a chance to get even closer to these amazing cars.
  • Spectacular viewing areas are available throughout the venue and multiple corners can be seen from several locations.
  • Knockhill boasts some very special corners and scenery, and viewing around the entire venue is highly recommended.
  • Remember to bring your camera, you’ll be amazed how close you can get to the action – and it’s a perfect way to showcase what you’ve been up to at Knockhill.
  • There’s also a family play park, picnic area and expanded Kids’ Zones at certain events (see event features); perfect for those moments when you need the kids to let off some steam.
  • Family and kids karting is also available at our 500m, outdoor, track (subject to availability).
  • Spectator car parking areas allow you to watch the action from the comfort of your car while listening to Knockhill FM 87.7
  • As well our two on-site restaurants, there are always a number of other outlets to purchase food and beverages from.

Further Info

Further information on each SMRC class is available via the features dropdown on this page, with links to the class info on the SMRC website. You can also keep up to date with all the latest SMRC event news and reports by checking out the News dropdown.

You can also find more info via the Official SMRC Website - SMRC Website

Event News

Cleland takes the double at Knockhill
Cleland takes the double at Knockhill

So, after almost 25 years, John Cleland finally takes the top set of the podium at Knockhill in his ...

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Cleland takes victory in Race 1
Cleland takes victory in Race 1

John Cleland seals his first win at Knockhill since 1993 and boy is he a happy camper. Race 2 and a ...

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Ali McMillan talks Super Touring
Ali McMillan talks Super Touring

Touring Cars are a bit of a passion for MJ Racing’s Alistair McMillan, as is restoring classic...

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Stewart Whyte ready for Super Touring Festival
Stewart Whyte ready for Super Touring Festival

We’re working hard behind the scene to try and raise the numbers on the grid for the weekend&r...

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Super Tourers return to Knockhill with reduced grid
Super Tourers return to Knockhill with reduced grid

Numbers within the championship nationally have dropped off markedly in 2017 with several cancelled ...

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SMRC May Highlights
SMRC May Highlights

Round two of the Scottish Championship car racing season took place at Knockhill on Sunday 6th May u...

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Gate Opening Times

Gates on Saturday open at 10am with track action starting at 1.30pm while on Sunday gates open at 8.00am and track action starts at 8:35am

How to get here

Knockhill Racing Circuit is located on the A823, for SATNAV our postcode is KY12 9TF

If travelling from East/South, head to Junction 4, M90 Kelty.

If travelling from West, please head over the new Clackmannan Bridge and head on the A977 and turn tight at Powmill.

If heading from the North, motorway signs will say exit Junction 6, you can also head to Junction 4 as an alternative route.

All routes have Tourist Board direction signage.

The drop off area for taxi's etc. will be at the main gate.


All parking is on site, you can drive all around the outside of the circuit to view from your preferred area.

Disabled Parking

For disabled spectators you can drive around the outside of the circuit and also in the disabled parking area overlooking the hairpin.

The weather

Always a topical subject at Knockhill, quite simply, come prepared for all weathers. We would say the same if the forecast was for blistering sunshine.

Drones: Due to CAA safety regulations the flying and use of drones are strictly forbidden at Knockhill Racing Circuit .

General Information

  • Knockhill FM broadcasts on 87.7FM and will be on-air all weekend.
  • If you wish to Text the Tower for a shout out, you can do so via 07941 808552.
  • No Pets or Animals will be allowed entry to the venue, please ensure you leave them at home and not left in the car.
  • The circuit office will be open from 7.30am to 5pm if you need any help or assistance, you can pop in or call on 01383 723337.
  • Official Knockhill Merchandise is available at the circuit office.
  • Mobile Food Outlets are located throughout the venue as well as our onsite restaurants, Champions Clubhouse and Kinnaird's restaurant.
  • Karting - pre-booking is advised as 'arrive and drive' is not always available.

That's all for now, but if you do require additional information, please call the Circuit Office on 01383 723337. Hopefully we will see you all here for a fab weekend of motorsport entertainment.


Download the timetable here.


Super Touring & SMRC Entry

Please click the link to see the provisional entry list for the Super Touring Festival weekend that includes the latest rounds of the Scotish Championship Car Racing Series organised by the SMRC


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