THE final rounds of the Scottish Motorcycle Racing and Melville Club Championships take place this weekend at East Fortune Race Circuit.

A record entry of more than 200 bikes and sidecars compete in the two-day meeting that culminates with the 17-lap Steve Hislop Trophy Race, held annually in memory of one of Scotland’s greatest racers.

Steve Hislop began his racing career at East Fortune and later became Scottish and British Champion and was a multiple Isle of Man TT winner. He was killed in a helicopter crash 16 years ago near his home town of Hawick.

Last year’s recipient of the prestigious Steve Hislop Trophy, Haddington’s Paul McClung, who currently races in the British Superbike series, will be making a welcome return to the circuit.

A packed race programme includes Superbikes, Formula 600, Scottish Lightweights, F125, Pre-Injection, CB500, Post Classics and a good grid of Sidecars. County riders to look out for include Howard Selby, Kenneth Thirlwall, Martin Harrison, Paul McClung, Colvin Denholm and Steven Patterson. Practice and qualifying will start at 9am on both days. Admission is £10 for adults with no charge for seniors and accompanied children and everyone is welcome in the paddock.