Superbike rider Callum Grigor is hoping that competing against some of the best in the world for ‘fun’ at Knockhill this weekend will give him the boost he needs to win the Scottish Championship.
The 22-year-old Wishaw have a generic entry into the BSB National Superstock race at the Fife track on July 10-11, which he hopes will come in handy for the next rounds of the Scottish Championship.
Grigor, who is entering his fourth year of a sports coaching bachelor’s degree at the University of the West of Scotland, is a co-leader after the first round, with three wins and a second place finish. Callum also leads the Knockhill Motor Sport Club Championship.
The next round is at East Fortune in East Lothian, before returning to Knockhill, and Grigor is confident of winning the award.
Ahead of the British Superbikes event, Callum said: “This is the most important event of the year, basically in Scotland, so we are really looking forward to it.
“I’m a little nervous, as I’m going to be, but at the end of the day it’s just a little fun for us.
“We are literally racing against some of the greatest racers in the world.
“It will be very useful for us to be there; we’re going there to learn and try to progress to the Scottish Championships because our goal for the year is to try to win that.
Callum added: “We look pretty good. We had the first round of our championship, which was in Knockhill last weekend, and it went really well for us.
“I qualified on pole, won three of the four races and at the start of the second round I am co-leader in the Scottish Championship and lead in the KMSC Club Championship.
“The next two rounds are at East Fortune in Haddington the week after the Superbikes and then two weeks later we’re at Knockhill on the opposite side, a track that I really enjoy.
Superbike racing is an expensive sport, so Callum is looking for some help, as he continues to recover from a serious injury at East Fortune in 2019.
An accident resulted in Callum’s hand trapped under the bike, with the weight and forward motion splitting it open to the bone, requiring reconstructive surgery.
“The resilience to come back from an injury is one of the hardest things as a motorcycle rider,” Callum said, “and the injury I had put me out of competition for about three or four. month.
“Getting back up to speed was really difficult; to be able to trust me, to trust the bike again.
“Covid was a completely tragic thing for the world, but for me it was actually a little blessing in disguise, as it gave me some time to get back into great shape.
“We’ve come back strong this year, we’ve been faster than ever on any track, and I’m probably riding the best of my career.”
Callum set up a JustGiving page with a goal of £ 5,000, but said: “The team don’t want people to think we’re asking people to pay for our groceries because that’s not the case.
“It’s not even close to the amount of money we need, it’s just that little bit of help that will take the strain off my family and the financial pressure on my head.
“We’re racing because we love it, because we’re good at it, and we’re putting in and will continue to put in absolutely everything we can.”
If you want to help out, you can find Callum Grigor Racing on JustGiving.