Things are bubbling along nicely for rounds 2 and 3 of the 2016 Super Lap Scotland Championship powered by Rockstar Energy Drink, set to take place this weekend – Saturday 21st May (Reverse) and Sunday 22nd May (International).
Indeed, there will be a whole host of newcomers making their first tentative steps into competitive motorsports action and we can’t wait to see how they all perform. The newcomers will swell the ranks of our more established competitors which should result in a record number of drivers taking to the track for an SLS event since the series’ inception four years ago.
2016 has started off in great shape with Rockstar Energy Drink assuming title sponsorship of the Championship for the next few years and Turner Autosport joining the ranks of our numerous associate sponsors; additionally SLS will also receive its TV debut in September when our Paul Walker Tribute and SLS Finals day is televised on Motors TV – during a one hour long special a few weeks after the event.
There are also a number of changes within the series itself. The adoption of SLS type activity into the MSA blue book means that the whole event is now run under an MSA licence and there’s changes to the actual format of the event too. Competitors will now no longer have only two laps to register a qualification time, instead a more relaxed 15 minute timed open session will allow competitors a bit more freedom, and less pressure, to register those all important qualification times. However, the format of the finals will remain the same – one flying lap to register that ‘Super Lap’ to claim both Class and King of the Hill Championship points. Additionally, the inclusion of a seventh Championship class (F) for cars with 130hp and below has seen a healthy uptake in those entering SLS.
Aside from all the changes, there are still a few things that remain the same about SLS in 2016. It’s still a really friendly atmosphere in and around the paddock with great comradery between the drivers and that’s something we’d like to encourage. Also, for all those people that do trackdays at Knockhill, or other circuits throughout the UK, SLS and other sprint based formats are a natural way of progressing your motorsports experience before venturing into full-blown car racing.
We’ve seen it time and time again with SLS, once you get involved that step to competitive Scottish, British or European racing becomes that bit less daunting because of the experience you’ve gained within SLS’s competitive environment.
Anyway, hope to see some of you here this weekend as we complete rounds 2 & 3 of our 2016 SLS season. Check out our SLS YouTube Playlist with a whole host of highlight videos, interviews and action from the opening round back in April.
Tickets for the event can be booked online via the Knockhill website, or on the day of the event and all the Super Lap Scotland info can be found via the official website.
See you soon, either in the stand or on track.