It's the opening round of the season and competitors will be looking to start their 2015 campaigns in stunning style. We'll have action from Formula Ford, Legends, Minis, BMW Compacts, Sports & Saloons, Classic Sports & Saloons, Fiesta XR2s and STs. There is always plenty of action to keep you entertained. Join us from 11am with action all day.
On the day our expert commentary team will provide up to the minute live race commentary, pit-lane scoops and behind the scenes interviews and discussions. And, our interactive text the tower and Twitter commentary will provide an additional platform to engage with the event. The open and accessible paddock allows you to get up close to the same machines, and drivers, you’ll see whizz past on track, at speeds in excess of 120mph.
Sunday 5th April is also Student Sunday, which will allow any student, with a valid matriculation or College ID, access to the opening round of the Scottish Championship Car Racing season for the concession price – see the pricing info button for more info and please ensure you bring your pass to show at the gate!
Additional points of note:
Who is this event for?
Our SMRC racedays are an exciting and action-packed day out suitable for families of all ages. Members of the public can watch multiple racing classes on one day, with up to 30 competitors competing on track at any given time; there’s always plenty of fast-paced entertainment on view, alongside plenty of heart-stopping incidents to talk about on the journey home.
What is the SMRC?
The Scottish Motor Racing Club (SMRC) is Scotland’s premier car racing club and features members from up and down the country, competing on track for Scottish Championship titles. The Club, organises and administers a series of events each year, with points scored at each round determining the overall Scottish Champions for each class.
When do the events take place?
SMRC events take place throughout the year at Knockhill Racing Circuit. The SMRC also takes some of its member classes to other UK circuits throughout the year. At Knockhill, the SMRC hosts seven individual events that take place once a month (from April to October), with the series reaching a dramatic climax at the final event of the year (October).
Why attend this event?
The SMRC racedays feature a full day-long programme of racing with up to 18 races competing on track in one day. The SMRC is made up of seven main Championship classes – with sub classes within each main class. On any given SMRC raceday you’ll see competing races for the following Championships:
How to book?
Tickets for all seven SMRC meetings held at Knockhill this year are available via the KNOCKHILL website. Knockhill Racing Circuit administers, dispatches and manages all ticket requests for the events. Booking online saves money with all advanced tickets subject to pre-booking discounts. Tickets can also be purchased over the phone (01383 723337) or purchased at the venue on the day of the event (subject to on the day pricing).
Further information on each SMRC class is available via the features dropdown on this page, with links to the class info on the SMRC website. You can also keep up to date with all the latest SMRC event news and reports by checking out the News dropdown.
You can also find more info via the Official SMRC Website - SMRC Website
Scottish Formula Ford – Often regarded as the purest form of motor racing, these 1600cc Ford Kent powered, open-wheeled racers have spawned the careers of some of Scotland’s top racing talent; with the series often acting as a stepping stone to international stardom. You could be watching the next David Coulthard, Dario Franchitti or Allan McNish when these four-wheeled single seat racers take to the track. Wheel-to-wheel racing is guaranteed as Scotland’s top chargers battle to become the next Scottish Champion.
Legends Championship – These cars are amazing 3/5th scale American hot rods with high revving Yamaha motorcycle engines. There is no series in the world that has closer racing as often these buzz-bombs will be racing 4-abreast towards the first corner – awesome! The grids are always jam-packed full of potential race winners, so expect the unexpected when these pocket rockets take to the track; with multiple winners on one day, reverse and gentlemen's grids; there is always loads of overtaking manoeuvres and exceptional racing action on view.
Mini Cooper Cup -The new style Minis all race on Yokohama tyres in their fiercely contested championship. They also visit 2 English tracks in a busy season. The minis have a 3-race format similar to the British Touring Cars, keeping all the drivers on their toes throughout the day. The action is always entertaining, and the series has also made a number of guest appearances on the British Touring Car event timetable at Knockhill BTCC rounds.
Classic Sports and Saloons - This popular new championship is for production based cars built between 1949 and 1980. It is split into 4 engine size based classes. All cars use Yokohama tyres and any driver from the 4 classes can win this well supported championship. Despite their age, these Classic Sports and Saloons offer up some superb racing, with close dices between the front running cars. They are well presented and definitely stir up feelings of nostalgia for assembled fans.
Saloons and Sports Cars Championship - The class for the most powerful cars racing at SMRC events. These modified cars race in four classes and can use treaded or slick racing tyres. Cars may be 2 or 4 wheel drive, but one thing is for sure in all cases, they are blisteringly fast and an absolute treat to see on track - at full tilt. The Scottish Saloons and Sports Car racers will compete for individual class honours, as well as scoring points towards an overall Sports and Saloon car title.
Scottish Fiesta Championship - One make championships for Mk2 Fiesta XR2 cars using their original engines with restricted tuning. All cars use road tyres and there is a Newcomers Cup for drivers in their first or second season. The newer 2 litre Fiesta ST cars have their own class and start behind the XR2s so the chase is on. Both Championships are always very competitive, with eventual winners often being decided in the very last rounds of the season.
Scottish BMW Compact Cup – Scotland’s newest racing Championship - featuring BMW Compact Saloons (1994 to 2001). This single make series has proved extremely popular since its inception a few years back, and boasts massive grids vying for wins at each and every round. This comparatively inexpensive form of motorsport has not only attracted new racers to the scene, but also witnessed a number of experienced campaigners jumping ship to the series. The action is fun, fast and there is always plenty of closes racing throughout the order.
John Paterson secured his 2nd 600-pointer of the year during the opening Legends bout at Knockhill today – a continuation from the previous event back in June that was brought to a premature end due to rain. He also looked odds-on to make it three 600-point hauls for the season after taking the opening two...
The opening Celtic Speed Mini Cooper race of the day started in sensational fashion with a three-car off-track excursion on the opening lap. The fun and frollicks continued throughout an action-packed encounter with the Championship’s leading trio of Thirlwall, Mortimer and Tanner yet-again taking centre stage.
17 year old Niall MacLennan, took his first-ever Scottish Formula Ford race win at Knockhill this morning; beating current Championship leader Adam MacKay to the finishing line by just 0.2seconds. However, the race result mainly hinged on an incent involving Jordan Gronkowski on the opening lap...
The Celtic Speed Mini Cooper Cup 2015 title race is shaping up to be one of the most memorable in recent times. Granted, the Mini Cooper Cup is arguably the most entertaining and action-packed series on the SMRC programme. But this year, the bar has been raised a notch, and everyone is responding.
In the Scottish Formula Ford Championship, Tore teenager Neil MacLennan finally saw a chink in the armour of Ecurie Ecosse young driver Adam MacKay, by beating the Championship leader to pole position during qualifying at the last round. However, normal service was resumed in the races, with MacKay securing his fourth and fifth wins of the season – to remain undefeated for the 2015 season, so far.
The third instalment of the Scottish car racing season takes place at Knockhill this weekend (Sunday 21st June). The event, will also dovetail as a special Armed Forces Appreciation Day that will see Armed Forces personnel and their family/friends receive a special discounted entry – details of which can be found online
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