Gina in mum’s rallying footsteps with an eye on Jim Clark Rally

Gina Aitken-Walker following in mum Louise's footsteps, and will be competing in her first rally at Crail Raceway
Gina Aitken-Walker following in mum Louise's footsteps, and will be competing in her first rally at Crail Raceway

A quarter of a century after her mother was rallying world champion, a Duns woman is hoping to follow in her tyre tracks.

Gina Walker, daughter of 1990 world rally winner Louise Aitken-Walker, is looking to use her first races as experience as she looks ahead to competing in the Jim Clark Rally.

Gina is down to make her debut at the Crail Raceway on November 14, and hopes to compete in one or two more races after that.

It is 25 years since mum Louise brought the first world rally title back to Britain and was awarded the MBE for doing so, at the height of her 14-year career.

She was also awarded the Segrave Trophy, which is 
presented to the British national who accomplishes the most outstanding demonstration of the possibilities of transport by land, sea, air, or water.

Gina, who works on the forecourt of her parents’ garage in Duns, has to date competed mainly on horses, qualifying twice for Grassroots Badminton.

Horses were my first love, definitely,” she said this week, “I’ve been riding since the age of three, and I was definitely into four legs rather than four wheels.

“But now I really want to try this.”

She wants to do three small rallies this year – in Monty Pearson’s (of Duns) Peugeot 205 – in preparation for doing the Jim Clark Rally just to get a feeling of what it must have been like for Mum in her rallying career.

The car has been prepared under the watchful eye of Colin ‘Hacker’ Aitchison, of Duns, while accompanying Gina as her navigator will be Edwin Cook from Cumbria.

“I’ve known Edwin for years,” said Gina, “he’s a family friend.

“He used to come up and stay with us for the Jim Clark Rally, so it’s great to be pairing up with him.

“It’s 25 years since mum was champion, and I’ve been harping on for a wee while about wanting to try it.

“Monty had the 205 so we struck a deal so that I could borrow it.

“I’ve been doing auto tests in it, and I’m looking forward to racing in the Jim Clark Rally, either next year or in 2017,whenever it returns to Berwickshire.

“I’m hoping that it’s going to be a lot of fun racing at Crail, and really I just want to see how well I can do in these races.