Racebuykz 1000 Cup Sprint Series glory for Newmarket's Luke Scott
For Newmarket’s Luke Scott, competing in this season’s Racebuykz 1000 Cup Sprint Series for the first time was a step into the unknown.
The No Limits Racing Club rider had only been competing on two wheels for 12 months prior to the campaign getting started, yet he showed no signs of any naivety on his way to clinching the championship by more than 100 points.
Heading into the final round of eight at Croft Circuit in Northumberland earlier this month, Scott had racked up 13 race wins – a haul which included a clean sweep of four victories at the Cadwell Park meeting.
As a result, the 24-year-old required just 11 points at Croft to wrap up the title and he did just that with three podium finishes to take his overall points tally for the season to 550, with his nearest rival, James Skelding, ending on a total of 415.
“I was very surprised with how well it all went,” said Scott. “Coming into the season I would have been happy to finish in the top five and if I could have picked up a win here and there I would have been over the moon.
“But in the first meeting at Donington, I won the second race of the meeting and that made me realise I could potentially challenge for the championship. That sort of win so early on gives you so much belief.
“I have been riding bikes a long time but had never raced until a couple of years ago.
“It started with track days and once I was in a position where financially it was something I could do, racing was always something I wanted to try.”
Scott is now intending to make another ‘big step’ up in 2020 by joining the British Superbikes National Superstock 600 Championship.
It is a competition that gets under way in April at Silverstone, and Scott is relishing the challenge.
“Going into the British Superbikes is going to be a big step,” he added. “I would be happy with a top 10 finish and when you consider that I have just won this championship, that shows the size of the jump.
“If I can get in and around that top 10 it would be unbelievable. After the Stock 600 there is the Stock 1000 and maybe I can enter that if I do well next year.
“At the same time you cannot look too far ahead. It is very much round by round because the sport is so unpredictable and can change very quickly.”
Alongside his Racebuykz 1000 Cup Sprint Series success, Scott also won four endurance fixtures, made up of a trio of three-hour races and one 10-hour outing at Anglesey.
The last of those three-hour contests came at Croft, where he linked up with National Licence holder James Edwards to take the ACU National Endurance 1000 win by a 51-second margin to finish off the season in style.
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