CALLUM Laidlaw has revealed he will be launching a short circuit assault next year as he tosses his hat in the ring for a shot at the Scottish 600 title.
The former road racer, who bagged a podium at last year’s Ulster Grand Prix, says he’s ready to put the road racing behind him and crack on with two main goals before he calls time on bike racing altogether.
A three-time Isle of Man TT competitor whose Mountain Course career was highlighted by a 15th-place finish in the 2017 Bennetts Lightweight race, Laidlaw put the roads behind him early this year after putting family commitments first.
But the well-travelled Scotsman, who was brought up in West Sussex before stints in Northumberland and Ballymoney, is making the move back to the North East of England and itching to get back in action.
And with a few rounds of Ulster SBK racing already under his belt this season, Laidlaw wants to hit the ground running when he tackles the Scottish scene in 2019.
“After stepping away from the roads and not competing in one this year, it was hard at first but now it doesn’t bother me,” he said.
“Looking to 2019, I will be racing the Laidlaw Racing Yamaha R6 in the Scottish Supersport 600 championship. I have offers on a smaller bike as well and I’m very humbled by the amount of people offering me a bike to ride, but will have to see if I can afford to run two bikes before I commit to anything.
“I have two boxes left to tick then that’s me stopping racing for good. One is to race once in the BSB at Knockhill and not be last, and the other is to win a Scottish Championship.
“I know how hard this is going be but I’m up for it. I won’t be asking for any sponsorship from anyone, if I can’t afford it I won’t be racing.”
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