MORRISON TIPPED FOR TOP TITLE IN DEBUT SEASON
TOP speedster Scott Morrison is in pole position to lift a major Scottish motor-racing championship this weekend in only his first season in competition.
The 29-year-old Buddie will be competing at Knockhill in the final two races of the Scottish Fiesta Championship and goes into these last races with a healthy 22-point lead in the Newcomers Championship.
Although he’s not home and dry yet as there are 50 points still to play for, the championship will be his if he finishes in front of his nearest rival – Willie Davidson – in race one.
And that feat will taste even sweeter given that Davidson works at Knockhill full-time as one of the circuit mechanics and so has an intimate knowledge of the Fife track.
Morrison called on the services of Paisley’s other motor racing driver Barry Sime and his father Jimmy last year after winning a competition in FHM Magazine as the Sports Car Driver of the Year.
After he sold his prize of a Vauxhall Astra VXR to fund the purchase of his Fiesta racing car, Sime Racing have been preparing and running the car at races throughout 2007.
He secured a stunning fifth place on his debut and has continued to drive well during the season, giving the more seasoned competitors a real run for their money.
Morrison, who owns a private and commercial flooring business, Stanley Flooring, is also fighting it out for a podium spot in the overall championship.
He is currently sitting in fourth – just one point behind Houston-based racer Colin McKinnon.
However, Morrison is the man on the move, having had a very successful last race meeting, where he finished in second and third to outscore McKinnon considerably.
Morrison said: “It has been a great learning year and I am determined to lift the Newcomers Championship on Sunday. Finishing high up in the overall championship will also be great.
“The guys at Sime Racing have done a fantastic job in preparing the car to be reliable and fast. On top of that, Barry in particular has been an excellent driver coach.
“He has given me the benefit of his extensive experience, not only at Knockhill, but also at some of the tracks that we’ve visited in England.”
Sime believes there is plenty left in Morrison’s tank, not only for this Sunday but for future contests too.
He added: “Scott’s performance at the last race was by far his best of the year, which shows he is learning and listening all the time.
“All things being equal, he should be able to carry that momentum into this weekend, which will stand him in good stead for the sponsorship meetings over the winter and set him up for an overall championship assault next year.”
The omens are also good for Morrison as the only other podium visitors last time out were Eaglesham’s Scott Fraser and Aberdeen’s Andrew Winchester – the drivers who were first and second in the championship last year and who are also fighting it out for the top two places once again.
At Knockhill, Morrison will also be busy entertaining some of the guests who have supported him this season, which include Nu-Trend Flooring, Linwood-based Network Signs and FHM Magazine.
Reid Kerr College will also be represented on the Fiesta XR2 race car this weekend and are a long-term supporter of Barry and the Sime Racing team.