Top British Championship bike racer Dennis Hobbs will be swapping two wheels for four when he takes to the wheel of one of the cars in the Scottish Mini Cooper Championship at Knockhill over the weekend of Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th May.
Originally from the North East of England but now residing at Kelty in Fife, the former British Superbike rider, who now races in the Metzeler National Superstock 1000 Championship for the Relentless by TAS Suzuki team, will be using the guest car over the weekend as he makes his car racing debut.
“I am really excited about racing the Mini at Knockhill, I have never raced a car before and I’ve always wanted to swap two wheels for four. I’ve done hundreds of laps around Knockhill on a racing bike but the car will be a totally different ball game,” said Hobbs.
The car is the same one to be used by celebrity chef Nick Nairn as well as Boyzone singer Shane Lynch amongst others during the season at the track just north of Dunfermline and Hobbs’ outing will be as part of the Avon Tyres British GT Championship meeting that weekend.
Local interest will be running high at the Avon Tyres British GT Championship roars north of the border for the third and fourth rounds of the 2010 season. For not only is the championship’s G4 class headed by Fife driver Rory Butcher, several Scottish racers are planning to join their countryman on the grid.
The Avon Tyres British GT Championship is one of the most prestigious race series to come to Scotland this year and a chance for fans to see top of the range GT3 Supercars, including Ferrari, Porsche, Aston Martin, Lamborghini, Lotus, and new for 2010, the spectacular Audi R8.
For Kirkaldy’s Butcher – also known as ‘Rory the Racing Driver’ – the Knockhill rounds are a real home match, and a chance for him to show the sort of form which netted the 23-year-old the Scottish Formula Ford Championship crown last year.
At Oulton, Butcher and his driving partner Benjamin Harvey scored a class win and a second-place finish in their prestigecarleasing.co.uk with ABG KTM X-Bow, and they tie for the overall class lead with Cheshire-based Speedworks Motorsport Ginetta crew Christian Dick and Jamie Stanley. “Oulton was a great result for all of us,” said Rory, “and hopefully we can use a bit of local knowledge to our advantage at Knockhill.”
Other Scottish interest includes Aberdeen father-and-son team Jim and Glynn Geddie, who will make their British GT debuts at the wheel of a Team Parker Racing 997-type Porsche in the GT Cup division of the series. They will go head to head against Edinburgh-born Porsche driver John Gaw and his team-mate Phil Dryburgh, another Scot.
Supporting the GTs is one of the best line ups ever with the full selection of action-packed Scottish Championship classes, including Legends, Sports and Saloons, Mini Coopers and XR2s as well as the ultra competitive field full of British Formula Fords.