11 February 2014
Knockhill BSB round to run anti-clockwise?
British Superbikes could race Knockhill anti-clockwise in 2014 if amendments to the circuit receive the go-ahead.
The Knockhill round of the MCE British Superbike Championship could be run with a reverse layout this season, if plans to modify the circuit come to fruition.
The only BSB venue to be held in Scotland, Knockhill celebrates its 40th Anniversary this year and, as one of the venue's biggest annual attractions, a special configuration is planned to mark this occasion.
As such, Knockhill is planning to run the event using a counter-clockwise layout, meaning the iconic final corner right-hander hairpin, which leads up to the start-finish line, will become a challenging downhill left-hander instead.
A layout that has been trialled by Niall Mackenzie, Stuart Easton and Dennis Hobbs, the request was made to MCE BSB Series governing body MCRCB and promoter MSVR for a full evaluation of what would be needed to allow for the annual MCE BSB event to be run using this circuit configuration.
As it stands, the plans remain dependent on whether circuit modifications can be completed prior to the event, which is due to take place June, with alterations including extended run-off areas, kerb changes and amendments to the pit lane entry/exit. Despite this, MSV BSB Series Director Stuart Higgs is confident this will occur.
"Since the circuit restarted events in the counter clockwise direction we've been curious to learn how they've been received and in talking with Niall Mackenzie, Stuart Easton and Dennis Hobbs, amongst others, who have had first-hand experience they were very enthusiastic and positive as to how it was to ride, in fact there are a number of factors which have shown this configuration to be better for competitors and spectators and viewers, with some of the well-known features of the circuit much enhanced.
"For BSB to make the transition the circuit needed to have a number of inspections by the respective regulatory bodies, MCRCB for British Championship level motorcycle racing and the MSA for car racing. MCRCB made two detailed inspections. I participated representing MSVR as the promoter and organiser and invited multiple British Champions Niall Mackenzie and Stuart Easton for their invaluable input.
“We made a number of determinations specifically taking into account the higher performance level of BSB and some of the characteristics and procedures of BSB events. The co-operation and commitment of the circuit management was excellent and the following scope of works is now underway. “
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