For the first time this year……..it’s Race Week – writes marshal Gordon Melville! After a long winter with no car racing, it’s the count down to the SMRC season opener, this Sunday, the 7th April. Whilst it may have been a quiet down season for some, there has been lots of work going on behind the scenes.
John Cleland, twice British Touring Car Champion, has been promoting road safety in the Borders of Scotland for a number of years with his Drivewise programme, targeting the age group of 17 to 25 year olds.
Mixu Paatelainen, who played football 70 times for Finland and former manager of Wolves, Hibes and Kilmarnock, took part in our Rally Experience today.
Radio Forth presenters Boogie and Arlene’s latest driving challenge was at Knockhill to see who could drive the furthest on £3 of petrol or £3 worth of electric charge.
The 2019 Scottish Motor Racing Club season bursts into action on Sunday 7th April for round one as over 100 of Scotland’s top racing drivers chase for championship glory at the annual Armed Forces Appreciation event. There will be many returning champions, new drivers and even a new championship for Citroen C1’s, but one long time person in Scottish motor sport and in particular, Knockhill, will be honoured as the Commentary Tower is being renamed the Garry Stagg Commentary Tower from the April 7th SMRC event onwards.
In 2017, 70% of road fatalities in Scotland occurred on country roads. To put this into perspective, that is 102 deaths in one year alone. The most common cause of these fatalities is from people driving too fast for the road conditions.