Former St Andrean, Colin Murray, marked his second consecutive Scottish Formula 400 title on Saturday when he collected his award at the Melville Motor Racing Club awards night in Edinburgh.
The 41-year-old racked up an impressive 18 wins in the class through the 2011 season and sealed the title with a round to spare aboard his Kawasaki ZXR400. The class proved to be a massive success for the Fife-based Fatspanner Racing team with their other two riders in the class, Derek Wilkie (Edinburgh) and David Workman (Aberdeen) taking second and third respectively in the championship standings.
Colin also finished third in the inaugural Kirkcaldy Kawasaki Ultra Lightweight Class and was the only 400cc rider to make it into the top 10 before finally losing out on the title to the upcoming Gordon McAvoy (Ayr) and Jordan Fleming (Cardenden) both of whom are less than half the age of the veteran and look destined for successful careers on the track.
In a busy season, Colin also competed in the Scottish Superstock 600 class aboard a Suzuki GSXR600, but struggled with front end issues for the majority of the time before ending strongly with several podiums and a second place in the season finale, the Steve Hislop Memorial race, after a fairing-to-fairing battle with the 2011 Scottish Superstock 600 champion Roy Houston.
The riders made contact with each other on several occasions in an entertaining battle for the spectators with Colin having to concede defeat by only 0.1 second.
The Fatspanner team will be continuing in the 2012 season, predominately in the Irish Championships, although Colin has decided the time has come to hang up his leathers and leave the youngsters to it. However, as player/manager of local football side Fife Thistle, he will not be pulling on the slippers just yet!
He added: ‘‘We would like to thank all our sponsors for their support throughout the 2011 season.”