A RACING legend is remembered as the Scottish ACU Motorcycle Racing Championship’s penultimate round, together with the Melville Club Championships, takes place this weekend at East Fortune.

The finale of the busy two-day meeting will be East Fortune’s longest race of the year, for Saturday’s fastest 36 riders, the Steve Hislop Memorial Trophy race, held annually in memory of one of Scotland’s greatest racers and won last year, for the first time, by Kirkcaldy’s Roy Houston.

Steve Hislop began his racing career at East Fortune and later became Scottish and British champion and multiple Isle of Man TT winner.

He was tragically killed in a helicopter crash 10 years ago very close to his home town of Hawick in the Scottish Borders.

A packed race programme is promised, with many of Scotland’s top racers taking part, including Houston, who will be hoping he can hang on to the Steve Hislop Memorial Trophy, as well as the current Superbike Championship leader Torquil Paterson, who will want to secure his 2013 championship by the time he leaves the circuit on Sunday afternoon, while Andrew Tasker, who returns from injury, will do his best to take points away from Paterson.

County riders taking part include Gifford’s Lewis Rollo, currently at the top of the Scottish Lightweight Championship, and Haddington’s Paul McClung, who leads the 600 Superstock Championship.

Both racers, despite carrying injuries, are hoping to become race-fit by the weekend.

This could be make or break for their championships and both would love to come away from East Fortune knowing their Scottish Championship was in the bag.

Haddington sidecar racers Team Reywood’s Davie Wrinn and Stuart Clark will be hoping to repeat the success of their previous weekend with some wins.

Tranent’s Bryan Campbell will be hoping to secure his third place in the Scottish Championship, after having crashed at the last meeting. North Berwick’s Kaye and Mark Hewins will be competing against each other in the Post-Classics’ class.

Mark Leonard, Paul Alexander, Garry Hoggarth and John McFarlane are among those who are also competing this weekend.

Race commentary, banter and interviews will be courtesy of Hislop’s close friend Mose Hutchinson and Ian Robertson.

With a packed programme to get through, practice and qualifying will start at 9am on both days, with racing from around 11.30am tomorrow (Saturday) and 10.30am on Sunday.

Admission is £10 for adults with no charge for accompanied children and senior citizens.