Wooler rider gears up to take on the sport’s big boys

Callum Laidlaw

Callum Laidlaw

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A Wooler-based motorcyclist has hailed his 2012 season as a ‘dream come true’ after competing against some of the best riders in the world.

Now he is appealing for sponsorship to help him go even further in 2013.

Callum Laidlaw moved up to the world of international racing last year.

And a successful showing in his first campaign at this level has given him added belief that he can compete with the sport’s biggest names.

The 24-year-old said: “2012 was a learning year, so I’m really up for it in 2013. I’ve purchased a 2011 Honda Fireblade superbike and it is well-prepped and capable to run at the front, but I am desperate to find sponsors for 2013.

“I have been offered rides in big teams, but they’re asking for too much money to secure a ride so I want to beat the big teams on my own and I believe I can do this.”

Despite having a tight budget for tyres and an underpowered bike last term, Callum made an impression in 2012. Among the highlights were fifth and second-place finishes at the Cookstown 100 in Ireland and top-10 placings in Scarborough, beating high-profile New Zealander Bruce Anstey in one of the races.

He competed in the North West 200 in Northern Ireland, the Ulster Grand Prix and grabbed a top-three finish in the Isle of Man.

“2012 was fantastic,” he said. To sponsor Callum, call 07826 899588, visit www.laidlawracing.co.uk or email cjlaidlaw17@hotmail.co.uk