Sec­ond corona­tion for king of Scot­land

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NORTHUM­BER­LAND’S Scott ‘Splinty’ Camp­bell is the new Scot­tish Light­weight cham­pion af­ter clinch­ing his sec­ond crown of the year.

The for­mer road racer took the ti­tle in the fi­nal race of the year at East For­tune last week­end, af­ter a sea­son-long scrap with mul­ti­ple-ti­tle win­ner Torquil Paterson.

Just three weeks since he lifted the KMSC Light­weight ti­tle at Knock­hill, Camp­bell tasted more cham­pi­onship suc­cess at the North Ber­wick track last Sun­day.

And he only just missed out on mak­ing it a hat-trick af­ter he was beaten to the Melville club ti­tle by Paterson by just two points.

“It’s a dream come true. I’ve been speech­less if I’m hon­est,” he said. “It’s a hard feel­ing to de­scribe, this means so much to me.

“The week­end was tough but I knew it was go­ing to go down to what hap­pened in the last race and I knew I had to win it. I dug deep, I knew I had to win the race at all costs and it worked.”

Camp­bell had ar­rived at the fi­nal round hop­ing to take the Scot­tish spoils to add to his first ti­tle, but was also in with a shout of lift­ing the Melville hon­ours too.

How­ever, Paterson was also eye­ing the Melville prize and it was clear from the first ses­sion it was go­ing to be a week­end of two rid­ers.

It was Paterson who proved to be man to beat, and he took three wins over Camp­bell. But Camp­bell was rid­ing for points, and set­tled for three sec­onds be­hind his ri­val.

How­ever, know­ing it would all come down to the fi­nal race, he made it count when it mat­tered, dig­ging deep to win the fi­nal Scot­tish race by eight sec­onds over Paterson.

“It’s been a long while get­ting here af­ter all the years I spent on the roads, but to be Scot­tish and KMSC cham­pion and sec­ond in the Melville cham­pi­onship is amaz­ing. I’ve had 31 podi­ums from 32 races and I can’t ask for much more.”

Camp­bell, who by his own ad­mis­sion per­haps spent too many years rac­ing on the roads, is still get­ting used to his dou­ble ti­tle glory.

“There are times when I do think why did I spend so long on the roads be­cause it’s clear I’m not too bad on these short cir­cuits af­ter all,” he laughed. “But in all se­ri­ous­ness, it’s been such a big jour­ney to get here, it just makes it even more spe­cial.

“There have been a lot of ups and downs in my rac­ing. I lost my best mate and my team man­ager, Ian Bell, on the roads and de­cid­ing to quit that and come onto the short cir­cuits was a big step.

“But now I know I did the right thing. I’ve had a won­der­ful sup­port net­work with my fam­ily and my wife-to-be Sara, and it’s fi­nally sink­ing in. I’m Scot­tish cham­pion.”

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