Walker’s rallying debut

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

The debut rally for Berwickshire’s newest driver was cut short by a mechanical fault at the weekend, but Dun’ Gina Walker says she wants to get straight into more racing in the new year.

A broken clutch put paid to Gina’s and co-driver Edwin Cook’s first event together.

The accident occurred on the fourth of six stages in the Crail Raceway.

Gina said this week: “Things were going really well, and then the clutch broke.

“We’d been going well up to that point, and I had been getting used to the car and everything really nicely, but that’s racing - these things happen!

“We had been given a seeding of 99th, which isn’t too bad, and then we’d managed to get up to around 48th or 47th, so I’m very pleased with how things went.”

She went on: “Despite the clutch going I was very pleased with the times that we were getting.”

She added that any pre-race nerves ebbed away once she was away and on to the course.

“Of course, it was a little bit different to the practice races I’ve done,” she said.

“There were a few nerves while we were sitting there watching the timer go down at the start, but they soon went and once we were off then we just got into the zone.”

Walker, the daughter of former world rallying champion said that she plans on getting back behind the steering wheel sometime in early 2016.

“I’m not exactly sure when, but we’ll be getting back out on the tarmac, probably in some of the races in January or March,” she added.

Berwickshire was also represented well by Colin ‘Hacker’ Aitchison, who was placed 38th in the overall standings and seventh in his class.