Full-throttle star Walker gets by with a little help from her friends

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The Coltel Grampian stages held at Milton of Crathes in Banchory on Saturday August 13 was a successful day for Gina Walker and Duns co-driver Richard Simmonds.

After finishing third over all in the Ecosse Challenge she managed to accumulate enough points to win the overall C2 junior championship.

She said: “I really loved the stages – there was some great flowing bits and some testing bits – but overall I thoroughly enjoyed the day

“And to take the junior title was just the icing on top of the cake, it just rounded up a fantastic day.”

The day in the Grampian forestry wasn’t all plane sailing for Gina and Richard as they had some overheating trouble with the car.

The crew at ‘Jack and Victor Motorsport’ Hacker Aitchison (Victor) and Billy Brien (Jack) – named after the Still Game characters – diagnosed the problem as a head gasket leak, so they managed to work their magic to get them safely to the end of the rally.

“I absolutely couldn’t do it without them, not only for their hard work but for the fun that we all have as well,” said Gina.

Mum Louise was keeping a close eye on things and giving some words of wisdom when needed.

Mandy Wood – now know n as Isa keeping with the Still Game theme – was there to keep the team fed and watered along with Louise doing the home baking.

When asked why there were only two females in the rally, Gina replied: “I really don’t know because the C2 challenge is such a great stepping stone to get a taste of motor sport.

“Everything is kept so basic on the cars meaning the cost stays down and everybody is on the same playing field, so it really is the most affordable way to get some great experience and meet some amazing people along the way.”