Second coronation for king of Scotland
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.”