Cookstown short circuit rider, Richard Glasgow looks set to ride in the 2015 British Superstock 600 class which runs as part of the British Superbike Championship.
23 year old , Glasgow, who is an advisor in technical help in BT, will be riding for a new Team , to be known as KLR Kawasaki which is owned by Harry Corbett and Paul Crooks. Joining Richard in the team will be 18 year old apprentice mechanic Karl Corbett will also ride in the superstock 600 class for the team.
Team Manager Ian Moffitt went on to say -
The team is very lucky to have to great owners in Harry & Paul . Both want to give young riders a chance on short circuits but are realistic that many cannot afford to race in the championships due to the large costs. The idea behind the new team is that we can help lads race without it costing them obscene amounts of money. Harry a former road racer and Paul who has also raced ,are really excited to be helping young talented lads from NI.
Richard has been racing for a while now and we feel this is the right time for him to move on to the next level, he is a talented rider with a very mature and sensible approach to his racing and this championship will really help him develop into a better rider.
The team is very fortunate to be sponsored by Collison Recovery Services Belfast without the help of Harry, Paul and Collision Recovery Services Belfast we would not be in a position to give young talented lads the opportunity to race at the highest level.
Gearlink Kawaski will be helping Richard and Karl at all the rounds with technical supports as well as preparing the machines for the championship. Michael and Norma Di Bidalph who own Gearlink Kawasaki and great advocates of helping young riders develop and they have a great working relationship with harry and Paul.
The team will also be running another rider in the Supersport Cup which runs as part of the British supersport races.
The team will also be competing at the North West 200, Isle of Man TT and the Ulster Grand Prix and on the look out for a talented rider for these events.
Who is Richard Glasgow?
Richard Glasgow is 23 years old and is currently single. Richard currently lives at home In Cookstown where he works as CSA at BT UK Belfast.
Glasgow has studied at University of Ulster Coleraine where he studied Computing with Business.
Richards Racing History
Motor cycle racing has always in Richards interest
He started his first form of racing career in 2004 when he was 14 years old, which is somewhat late compared to most nowadays. The Cookstown students first machine was a 4.2hp GRC minimoto, which he raced in the Junior Cadets Championship and had a successful year, winning his first race in only his third ever round and finishing second overall that day. Richard went onto to win more races that year along with several podium finishes and ended his debut season with 4th place in the Irish Minimoto Championships.
In 2006 Richard moved up to the Production Lights class and was enjoying a fantastic season, Leading the championship, with two rounds to go, having scored no less than Seven wins, and three overall wins, Richard suffered a nasty head injury, which threatened his eye sight! Thankfully, Richard recovered from this serious, non bike related injury, and was back in action again the following season, But it cost him his first ever Championship.
Despite being underpowered in the Production class, he still managed to finish 4th overall!.
2007 saw the Cookstown rider mature into one of the top Minimoto riders in recent years. His experience took him to no less than nine wins in the Supers class, and with it, the coveted Irish Minimoto Supers Champion for2007!
By now, it was agreed, that Richard had served his time in the Minimoto class, and time to push forward into the challenge of Short Circuit racing. Richard made the move up to proper motorbike racing in the form of a 125gp Honda were he competed in the 125gp Newcomers class and had continued success with three race wins and four podiums to finish fourth in the Championship despite missing two rounds ,thanks to a wrist injury sustained at a race meeting. Such was his performances for 2007,as a Rookie, Richard was one of the few riders Nominated for the Prestigious Davy Wood Scholarship award. Unfortunately, he just missed out on getting this unique award, but at least he had shown enough promise, to be nominated.
Following another season in the 125class,Richard decided it was time to move up a class, and arguably, into the ultra competitive 250 class, a class for ”Real Racing Machines!”.
Once again, the Cookstown student show his natural ability, as he finished second to arch rival, Mark Hanna. During the season, Richard was on the podium, no less than Twelve occasions, He also finished third in the Mondello Masters 250gp Championship.
2011 saw the Cookstown sizzler come of age, as Richard went on to dominate the 250GP Championship, and become the Irish 250 GP Champion. On his way to the crown, Richard won four races and finished on the podium nine times including a Third place at the Sunflower Trophy Races at Bishopscourt.
Richard remained on board the 250gp Honda for 2012 competing in the D&GW Championship . Despite three non scores at the start of the year, Richard made his way up to Third place in the Championship only twenty five points behind the leader and winning four races and finishing on the podium another six times. Richard also finished third in the Irish 250GP Championship this that ran alongside the D&GW Championship.
Richard sat out for most of the 2013 season, and only contested the last couple of meetings, on a 600 Kawasaki.
During the 2014 season, Richard missed quite a few meetings due to work commitments, however, on board his EVO spec machine, he continued to show his worth, with Podium placings in the ultra competitive 600 Supersport meetings at the High Profile Adelaide Masters meetings at Mondello Park.