LEWIS Rollo has become the youngest ever Knockhill Motor Sports Club Scotwaste Superbike champion after bouncing back from a crash to lift the title.
The teenager, who has split his race time between racing in Scotland and in the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship this year, took the honours at the KMSC’s final round over the weekend.
Despite having missed a whole round earlier in the season due to clashes with his BSB commitments, Rollo was the favourite heading into the weekend’s event, with a 15-point lead over Scott Shand.
Rollo took pole on Saturday morning, with Shand lining up behind him while Max Alexander – who also had a shot at the title from third in the points – was hoping to make the most of a front row spot after qualifying third.
But Rollo and Shand’s weekend took a pivotal turn in the very first lap of the first race, as Shand parted company with his Yamaha. His machine slid down the road and collected Rollo who was at the front, wiping out the championship leader.
Regretfully for Shand, his weekend was over as he suffered a broken collarbone, ribs and a bruised lung.
Rollo, however, dashed back to his awning and set about working on his MSS Kawasaki to get it ready for the second race. Starting from the back of the grid of 20 machines he had one of his best races of the year, storming through to take the win.
And more of the same followed on Sunday, as he took three more wins to take the title.
“It’s been a great weekend’s racing from everyone,” he said. “I’m the KMSC Superbike 2017 champion and the youngest winner of the class.
“A big thanks to the medical team and marshals and Gemma Hobbs and a massive thanks to my friends, family and Nick Morgan for giving me a chance and believing in me and most of all to my sponsors.”
*Main image: UK Clubsport
*Action images: Jennifer Charlton