Hardy race fans who braved the downpour at the airfield circuit of East Fortune in the south-east of Scotland this weekend were surprised to see former BSB champ & works GP star Niall Mackenzie in the paddock.
No, he wasn't making a comeback but was there with wife Jan to support 15-year-old son Taylor. Taylor was racing an Aprilia RS125 in the Scottish Championship meeting hosted by the Melville Motor Club.
In the first race Taylor crashed out in trecherous conditions. He was, fortunately, uninjured and able to take his place on the grid for the second 125 race. At the end of an extremely wet race Taylor crossed the line in the top 10. At the time of writing I'm unable to give his exact placing as the circuit PA system was a bit on the quiet side and neither Melville Motor club nor the Scottish ACU have updated their websites.
A star in the making? Early days yet but maybe we'll see Mackenzie & Haslam lining up together on a GP grid once more! Incidently, Mackenzie senior WILL be making a one race comeback riding a 600 supersport at the Jock Taylor Memorial meeting at Knockhill on 30 September. Taylor will also be there, racing in the 125 class.