A MOTORBIKE enthusiast who is setting his sights on tackling the ‘three biggest road races in the world’ has made an appeal for sponsorship to help him live his dream.
Callum Laidlaw wants to compete in the prestigious Isle of Man TT, the Relentless International North West 200, and the Ulster Grand Prix, which attract large crowds and top competitors.
The events form part of the Duke Road Race Rankings Series and Callum is hoping to compete in as many fixtures of the 2012 season as he can afford, including April’s campaign opener in Scarborough. But Callum, who competed in a host of road races last year to help muster enough experience and speed to be able to compete at this level, needs cash to fulfil his ambition.
“I do struggle to afford to compete at this level with no sponsorship or funding so I am hoping to get as many sponsors as I can,” admitted Callum, who has his own race team – Laidlaw Racing – and recently tuned up his 2008 Yamaha R6 for the new season.
The provisional dates for the Isle of Man TT are from May 28 to June 8, and with more than 100 years of illustrious history, Callum has described it as ‘the most famous motorcycle race in the world’.
Scheduled for May, the Relentless International North West 200, in Northern Ireland, is an annual event which attracts more than a 100,000-strong crowd, while the Ulster Grand Prix, in August, is described by organisers as the world’s fastest road race.
And Callum, who is already making a name for himself in the sport, admits it would be amazing to compete in the trio.
“It would be living the dream really, as I would be doing what I have always wanted to do.”
Callum, who works for Wooler-based Glendale Engineering (Milfield) Ltd, began racing in 2006, starting out in the Scottish Championship.
Success followed and he progressed to the Thundersport GB championship in the Superstock 600 class on board a Yamaha R6.
He regularly notched top-10 finishes in the competition, which had every round screened on Sky TV.
But in 2011, Callum made that switch to road racing on closed roads.
“Racing on closed roads is totally different to racing on tracks. It’s so dangerous and fast,” he said. “This is what probably attracts the massive crowds and fans.”
It was a move which seemed to pay off for Callum, originally from West Sussex. His first race, at East Fortune, saw him grab two first-place finishes and a second spot.
He then shone at the famous Cookstown 100, where he came second, set the quickest lap of the race and was awarded the prize for the fastest newcomer at the meet.
“I would love to make it to the big time,” said Callum. “The dream is to race full-time and to win a TT race before I die.”
If anyone is interested in sponsoring Callum, email email@example.com