2018 British Talent Cup Selection Day


Wednesday 23rd August 2018


Arrived at the circuit, parked up and went for a walk of the track that had been set up specifically for the British Talent Cup selection process.

Lewis BTC Sign On Day

Lewis BTC Sign On Day


Riders briefing in the main cafe. Alberto Puig let everyone know what was expected, to have fun, and do their best.

The riders would be on Honda CBR300R nachines with race pattern gear shift, loud pipe and tweaked suspension.

As it always the case at these things ( we’ve experienced the RedBull Rookies process first hand ) Alberto said that lap times were not important.


List of the riders and the groups that they would be riding in for the day was posted on notice board. The riders were simply in alphabetical order by surname. There were to be 8 riders per group, and Lewis ended up in group 7 of 12. With the first set of sessions set to be 15 minutes each that would mean a minimum of 3 hours to run.

The track action started and the first 8 riders made their way on to the circuit for their 15 minute sessions.

We watched the first few sessions and picked out a couple of the visually quicker riders to get an idea of what sort of pace would be acceptable, and based on our initial timing we thought that lap times around 1:12s would not be too far away.

BTC Track Bikes

BTC Track Bikes


Lewis made his way on the to track for his 15 minute session, with a couple of laps to get used to the machine and learn the basic circuit and then the rest of the session to build momentum.

By the end of the session Lewis was comfortable in the 1:11 bracket, which at the time we thought was an acceptable pace, and quicker than most riders. In our post session debrief Lewis admitted to hitting a lot of cones and not quite getting some sections right so he was confident that there was more pace to come.


After a short lunch break a new list of riders was produced, and 20 riders had been cut to leave 70 still in the process!!!!

This was totally unexpected by us and turned the day upside down. Now it was obvious that they were going to be cutting riders after each session, and you would need to get your speed up and your lap times down.

The next track session was only going to be 10 minutes long, so they were starting to ramp up the pressure.


The second chance for Lewis to get some more track time in the now shorter 10 minute session.

He was the last bike to leave the pits and this meant he spent a lot of the session passing the slower riders in the group which adversely affected his lap times. By the time he got into clear air he only got a couple of laps, finally breaking into the 1:10 bracket. It wasn’t much of an improvement, but it was nevertheless an improvement.

In the debrief after Lewis again knew that there were a couple of areas he could improve, so he was confident that if he made the next cut he would get the lap time down.

Lewis at the BTC selection process, trying to steal some speed from John McPhee's van :-)

Lewis at the BTC selection process, trying to steal some speed from John McPhee’s van 🙂


Another new list of riders was produced, and a further 20 riders had been cut to leave 50 still in the process.

The new sessions were only going to be 8 minutes long, even less time and even more pressure. They really knew how to get us all wound up!!


In this 8 minute session Lewis managed to get away with the front of the group from the first lap and this immediately helped his lap times being in clear air.

Lewis went faster and faster on each lap and in fact his last two laps were both 1:08.8, very consistent and a decent improvement over session two lap times. It was obvious that Lewis was getting to grips with the bike, and the track knowledge was getting better.


Another cut, another new list, now down to the last 32 and another set of track sessions required.

Again, this session would only be 8 minutes, but there would be two groups of 11 and one group of 10, so more bikes on track, but crucially all the riders left now were capable of good, fast lap times.


The fourth and final session of the day and Lewis pushed on and straight away got his times down to 1:08.0 after just 2 laps, and then on the last couple of laps he dipped below the 1:08 bracket to end the session in the 1:07s.


We are all informed that the track action has ended for the day and the riders can go and get changed if they want. The organisers then let us know that the decision on who would be selected would take at least an hour and to be ready at 18:30.

At this point I was totally knackered, and I’d only be watching and pacing up and down. I decided to go and get a wee kip in my van whilst we waited.


18:30 came and went and we were made to wait until 18:45 before they were ready to make the final announcement.

Alberto Puig thanked everyone involved in running the event and then read out the list.

Lewis had made it!!



Lewis and Owen Paterson Selected for SMS Academy Positions


Announcement: Scottish Motor Sports announce 2017 SMS Academy members at Ignition Festival

This morning saw the successful applicants to the inaugural Scottish Motor Sports Academy announced at the
Ignition Festival of Motoring, with the help of Formula One presenter Lee Mckenzie and 2001 World Rally Champion,
Robert Reid.

The SMS Academy was set up to support young riders and drivers (aged 14-20) who are showing potential to excel in
the sport. Since announcing this new talent development initiative back in June, we have been inundated with
applications and interest. This has made the job of the selection panel – which included three time Le Mans 24 hours
winner Allan McNish and three times British Superbike Champion Niall Mackenzie – extremely difficult but after
some deliberation, the following competitors have been selected:

Ben Dignan (Roybridge, SACU – Trials)
Ben Thomson (Kelso, SACU – Enduro)
Callum Grigor (Wishaw, SACU Road Race)
Cameron Evans (Renfrew, MSA – Kart)
Dexter Patterson (Glasgow, MSA – Kart)
Duncan MacColl (Lanarkshire, SACU – Trials)
Emily Glanvill (Penicuick, MSA – Race)
Gillian McGaw (Kilmarnock, SACU – Road Race)
Jack Davidson (Falkirk, MSA – Race)
Jack Gordon (Aberdeenshire, MSA -Kart)
James Coltart (Perthshire, MSA – Sprint)
Jamie Simpson (Ayrshire, SACU – Trials)
Jude Macdonald (Inverness, MSA – Jnr Rally)
Kyle Best (Cumbernauld, MSA – Kart)
Lewis Paterson (Perthshire, SACU – Road Race)
Malcolm Summers (Windygates, SACU – Trials)
Michael Macpherson (Black Isle, MSA – Race)
Peter Beaton (Ardersier, MSA – Jnr Rally)
Stuart Mack (East Lothian, SACU – Enduro)

The SACU have also selected an additional four riders from a younger age category (10-14) to receive some support
from the SMS Academy. These four riders will be supported through a slightly less comprehensive ‘Rising Stars’
programme. The selected rising stars are:

Christina Palmer (Dunbar, Motocross)
Jamie Galloway (Thornton, Trials)
Owen Paterson (Perthshire, Road Race)
Ross Galloway (Thornton, Trials)

The SMS Academy members will each be allocated a coach to offer remote support and advice when needed across
the year. Between now and August 2018, the members will take part in four development workshops, which will
support them in all aspects of their development, equipping them with the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to
maximise their performance.

The first SMS Academy workshop will be held on Wednesday 18th October at Knockhill, where the Academy
members will be developing their own performance profiles and learning about sponsorship, amongst other
subjects. The programme will be delivered by fully qualified MSA Level 2 coaches, Blair Brown and Malcolm McNab
who both have a diverse range of motorsport experience of their own; Blair is a former quad bike racer and British
Rally Championship driver whilst Malcolm is a former kart racer and experienced racing driver in the Scottish Mini
Cooper Championship. Both coaches will be supported throughout the programme by MSA level 4 Coach, James
Wozencroft, who also has experience on two and four wheels having competed up to junior world championship
level in rallying and having also taken part in Enduro events on two wheels.

Race Report – KTM Cup – Knockhill


Paterson Storms To Cup Victory

Lewis Paterson, 15 year old Perth Academy pupil from Scone, scored a memorable victory in stormy conditions at the weekend during a “wildcard” appearance at Knockhill during the British Superbike Championship.

Paterson was competing in the Santander Consumer Finance KTM Junior Cup open to riders aged 13-18-years old with every rider lining up on an identical ‘Cup’ variation of the KTM RC 390.

The KTM Cup riders had a total of 4 races of 12 laps over the weekend, 2 on Saturday and 2 on Sunday.

Lewis Paterson - KTM Cup - Knockhill - June 2016 - Photo © Sam Graham

Lewis Paterson – KTM Cup – Knockhill – June 2016 – Photo © Sam Graham

Qualifying for the 4 races took place first thing on Saturday morning in wet conditions. Paterson quickly got to grips with the new machine and the tricky conditions in the 20 minute session and qualified in 3rd place, only 0.9 seconds behind pole position, putting him on the front row for race one.

Race one was early on Saturday afternoon and Paterson made a slow start from 3rd on the grid finishing the first lap in 5th position. He quickly made progress from there though and made his way up to 3rd place by the end of lap 3. He was unable to close the gap to the lead riders and ended the race in a comfortable 3rd position.

Race two was run later on on Saturday and for this race Paterson started from 6th on the grid. Another slow start saw him finish the first lap in 7th place but again he was able to make way up through the pack to eventually reach 2nd place by lap 6. At this point there was too big a gap to the leader so he maintained the gap over the chasing pack to eventually finish in 2nd place.

Race three was run early on Sunday morning where Paterson started from 6th on the grid. Yet another slow get away saw him finish the first lap of 12 in 7th place. An incredible second lap saw Paterson pass 5 riders to move into 2nd place as they started lap 3. As this point the leader already had a healthy gap and despite his best efforts Paterson was unable to close the gap significantly and eventually he decided to manage the gap behind and brought the machine home for another 2nd place finish.

Lewis Paterson - KTM Cup - Knockhill - June 2016 - Photo © Derek Stein

Lewis Paterson – KTM Cup – Knockhill – June 2016 – Photo © Derek Stein

Race four was the final race of the weekend’s schedule and it was run in very wet conditions with it still raining as the bikes lined up on the starting grid. Paterson made his best start of the weekend and finished first lap in 3rd place. In the slippery conditions Paterson was peerless and moved up into the lead on lap 3 and started to pull a gap from the rest of the field, setting a series of fastest laps and opening up the gap to over 5 seconds before backing off and bringing the bike home in 1st place, over 2.5 seconds ahead of 2nd place.

Lewis Paterson - KTM Cup - Knockhill 2016 - Photo © Power Images

Lewis Paterson – KTM Cup – Knockhill 2016 – Photo © Power Images

Lewis would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who provided support over the weekend, it’s all appreciated.

The next race appearance for Lewis will be back on his Cupar Motorcycles SV650 in Scottish Lightweight Championship at East Fortune Raceway, 9/10 July.


Race Report – Round 2 – Knockhill


Race Report


Lewis Paterson

  • Qualified 6th
  • Race 1: 6th – Scottish Championship
  • Race 2: DNS
  • Race 3: DNS
  • Race 4: DNF – Scottish Championship
  • Race 5: DNS

Torquil Paterson

  • Qualifying: 5th
  • Race 1: DNF – Scottish Championship
  • Race 2: 5th
  • Race 3: 3rd
  • Race 4: 3rd – Scottish Championship
  • Race 5: 3rd


Paterson Racing made their first trip of the year to Knockhill and it was to prove to be a frustrating weekend for Lightweight competitor Lewis and a distinctly average weekend for Torquil.

Lewis Paterson

Lewis had an good qualifying session and first race, where he managed to keep up with the quicker bikes on his standard engine bike. Unfortunately at the end of the first race of the weekend the bike developed a mysterious noise from the gearbox/clutch area.

Lewis Paterson at Knockhill April 2016. Photo copyright David Batten.

Lewis Paterson at Knockhill April 2016. Photo copyright David Batten.

Despite a late Saturday night on the tools the team were unable to eliminate the noise, only managing to make it quieter.

Lewis working on the Suzuki SV650 clutch.

Lewis working on the Suzuki SV650 clutch.

The team decided to send Lewis out of the Scottish Championship race on Sunday, but this was short lived as the race was red-flagged after two laps and when Lewis returned to the pits it was discovered that his radiator had a hole in it and was leaking!

Torquil Paterson

Torquil struggled with setup all weekend, chasing gearing and suspension changes to try and get comfortable. He also suffered his first DNF of the season when a wire from the regulator rectifier broke and caused his bike to stop on circuit whilst in a comfortable 2nd place.

Torquil Paterson, Knockhill April 2016, photo copyright Alex Ireland.

Torquil Paterson, Knockhill April 2016, photo copyright Alex Ireland.

For the rest of the races Torquil battled hard with the regular Scottish competitors, and slowly improved his pace, but not by enough to be pleased.

The next outing for Paterson Racing will be a Knockhill on June 3rd and 4th.

Lewis and Owen on top of Knockhill commentary tower.

Lewis and Owen on top of Knockhill commentary tower.

Race Report – Round 1 – East Fortune


Race Report


Lewis Paterson

  • Qualified 23rd
  • Race 1: 12th – Scottish Championship
  • Race 2: 13th
  • Race 3: 8th
  • Race 4: 7th – Scottish Championship

Torquil Paterson

  • Qualifying: 1st
  • Race 1: 1st – Scottish Championship
  • Race 2: 1st
  • Race 3: 1st
  • Race 4: 1st – Scottish Championship


Paterson Racing rolled up to the first round of the Scottish Championship at East Fortune on 9th and 10th April 2016.

Lewis Paterson

Lewis Paterson was riding in the Scottish Lightweight class on a Suzuki SV 650 supported by Cupar Motorcycles.

This was Lewis’s first time racing the four stroke, and the team had suffered a torrid build up to the race meeting with a series of technical problems meaning that  the bike did not turn up until the start of qualifying and the team only just managed to get Lewis out for the last 5 minutes and he managed only 3 laps meaning that he was going to have to start all the races over the weekend from 23rd place on the grid.

With two races on Saturday and two races on Sunday there was plenty of opportunity for Lewis to learn to ride the Suzuki.

Race one was a tough baptism as Lewis was still trying to ride the bike like a two stroke and made it harder than it needed to be. He battled his way to 12th at the line.

Race two and a few minor adjustments by the team meant the Lewis was much more comfortable and starting to make the necessary adjustments to ride the bike as it needed to be. He eventually finished in 13th place.

Race three, held on Sunday morning, was in fully wet conditions, and Lewis demonstrated his wet weather ability with a spirited ride through the field to end the race in 8th place, also setting the 6th quickest lap of the race.

Race four was held in bright sunshine and again Lewis showed how much he was getting to grips with the bike by blasting his way to 7th place by the finish, setting his fastest lap of the weekend on the last lap of the race.

Lewis Paterson, East Fortune, April 2016. Photo copyright SBF

Lewis Paterson, East Fortune, April 2016. Photo copyright SBF

Torquil Paterson

This was the start of Torquil’s 25th season of road racing in Scotland, and it couldn’t have gone better for the veteran rider.

Riding a Yamaha R6 in the Scottish Superstock 600 class this was the first time Torquil had ridden a 600 since 2005. It didn’t take long for him to get back into the groove and he was quickly up to speed.

After qualifying on pole position for the 4 races Torquil made good use of the track position to make good starts and dominated 3 of the 4 races from the first lap to the end. Only in Sunday morning race, held in very cold conditions, did Torquil stuggle with conditions and found himself in a real battle, eventually crossing the line in 2nd but getting the win because the first place riding was given a 10 second penalty for jumping the start.

East Fortune, April 2016

Paterson, Munro, Gray exit hairpin at East Fortune, April 2016. Photo copyright Derek Stein

Next Meeting

Paterson Racing will be in action at Knockhill Racing Circuit on 23/24 April 2016.

January Update


Hello, Happy New Year everyone. Lewis and Torquil are back training at Fair City ABC Boxing Club 3 times a week. Lewis is doing skipping to keep fit as well. Bodywork has arrived for Torquil’s R6 and are fitted to the bike, all that needs happened now is for it to get painted. Lewis is training on his trials push bike practicing wheelies up his street. Lewis and Torquil are keeping track of their fitness with a fitbit. Lewis’s engine for his SV 650 is at Howard Cross’s to get a refresh for the new season.