A HADDINGTON speedster showed off his driving skills in spectacular fashion at Knockhill last month.

Kenneth Thirlwall, a former Scottish Mini Cooper Cup Champion, was competing in the Celtic Speed Scottish Mini Cooper Cup, a supporting race in the BTCC for touring cars.

Up against 31 other competitors, Thirlwall, who is currently in the top three fighting for the position of this year's champion between Joe Tanner and David Sleigh, pulled out all the stops in an exciting first race to come away with a brilliant first place.

For race two, which was aired on television, the reverse grid came into place and put Thirlwall back to fifth place behind Tanner and Sleigh. With a fight on his hands to get into the top three, Thirlwall battled his way to the front of the pack. With several laps to spare he took the lead, while also gaining the fastest lap.

It transpired to be Thirlwall’s most successful weekend of the season. His success puts him back into pole position for the championship lead ahead of Tanner, who is in second.