A RARE family double will take place at Knockhill Racing Circuit this weekend when both dad and daughter make their bike racing debut.
Not only is Matthew Polanksi – an agricultural contractor from Cardenden – racing at this weekend’s Knockhill Motor Sports Club (KMSC) event, his daughter, 12-year-old Bethany, will also take part in her first ever race at the Fife circuit.
Bethany, a first year pupil at Lochgelly High School, makes her race debut in the Formula 125 class, the starter class for aspiring Moto GP stars of the future, while her father lines up in the pre-injection 600 class.
And they cannot wait to get involved in the action.
“Beth is very excited – we both are,” Matthew explained.
“As a family, we’re all into our bikes and although we’ve been to a number of trackdays at Knockhill, this is our first time racing.
“We’ve enjoyed watching the racing at Knockhill, so we thought we’d give it a go!”
Bethany has been visiting Knockhill for a number of years as her mother Jill is one of the key movers and fundraisers of Breast Way Round, a female biker charity which raises much needed funds to combat breast cancer.
The team from Breast Way Round will be at the first rounds of the Knockhill Motor Sports Club organised bike racing, not only fundraising but cheering on young Bethany and her dad Matthew as they tackle the first races of the year.
In addition to Bethany there has been a record number of entries have been received so far for the opening rounds of the KMSC bike season.
The programme has 35 races over the new two day format with warm ups, qualifying and racing on Saturday, and racing all day Sunday.
Action is from 9 a.m each day with adult admission £12, concession £6 and under 12s free.
This weekend’s action signals the start of an exciting year of motor racing at Knockhill.
Not only is the track now capable of running races in reverse direction, it is also due to hold its first ever night time event next month.
Round two of the MSA Monster Energy British Rallycross Championship will take place at the floodlight Fife circuit on Saturday, May 12.
Stuart Gray, Knockhill events director, commented: “We’ve never had an event of this type before.
“It will be 600bhp race cars with flames spitting out under floodlights – it’s quite a dramatic spectacle.
“At a track down south the novelty of racing at night turned an event that attracted several hundred spectators, into several thousand.”
Also taking place at Knockhill in 2012 are the three events considered the ‘jewels in the crown’ of the circuit.
The British Superbikes will roar in on June 22 to 24 and the British Touring Cars return for a 20th year on August 24 to 26, while the popular Scottish Motorshow takes place on the weekend of June 16 and 17.
The Superbikes has an extra angle for local riders this year with a guest slot within the programme for one of Knockhill Motorsport Club’s own riders.
“This is a chance for someone to race in front of a 10,000 crowd,” Mr Gray explained. “It’s like a local amateur football team being asked to play on same bill as the Champions League final at Hampden. That’s the magnitude of it.
“It will give one local rider possibly the biggest race of their life.”
Mr Gray added: “We’re widely regarded as one of the favourites tracks on the Touring Car calendar among the drivers and teams because they enjoy coming to Scotland for the atmosphere and challenge of the circuit.”
Knockhill Motorsport Club, which has over 350 members, will also hold seven events throughout 2012.