Taylor made Scottish win for Lauder sidecar racing team

Knockhill podium, from left to right Phil Hyde, Gordon Shand, Rob Wilson, Stephen Kershaw and third place Craig Nicol and Ralph Pryde.
Knockhill podium, from left to right Phil Hyde, Gordon Shand, Rob Wilson, Stephen Kershaw and third place Craig Nicol and Ralph Pryde.
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After their maiden podium at the British F1 Championship last week, Kershaw Racing made the short trip to the 1.3-mile Knockhill Circuit in Fife to compete in the Scottish Sidecar Championship.

Five 10-lap races took place, including one for the prestigious Jock Taylor Trophy. Taylor became Scotland’s only world champion sidecar driver in 1980, and was killed in a race in Finland in 1982.

Both driver Stephen Kershaw and passenger Rob Wilson were desperate to win the trophy and, competing against teams from all over the UK, made their intentions known from the start. The Lauder duo qualified in pole position for the two races on Saturday and won both, setting new Scottish Championship lap records in the process.

Sunday’s race three saw another win for the team, before setting off on their Taylor Trophy quest in front of a good-sized crowd.

After setting off at a good pace, the run was stopped due to a crash after one lap and was restarted. Kershaw again made no mistake with the start and the duo led from beginning to end, winning not only the Taylor Trophy, but also the Steve Webster Trophy for fastest lap in the race.

A bad start in event five saw Team Kershaw slip back to sixth place before working through the field to within touching distance of leader Gordon Shand.

Agonisingly, the race was red-flagged, leaving the Lauder lads finishing in second.

A further ‘Spirit of the Championship’ trophy was also presented to the Border boys, who will be back in British Championship action at Silverstone this weekend.