New investment for Scottish motorsport

Jackie Stewart during a recent visit to the Jim Clark weekend in Duns.

Jackie Stewart during a recent visit to the Jim Clark weekend in Duns.

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Motorsport legend Sir Jackie Stewart joined representatives from sportscotland, the Motor Sports Association and the Scottish Auto Cycle Union to announce a new partnership to grow the sport of motor racing in Scotland.

Scotland has produced a procession of champions on two, three, and four wheels from motorcycling legends Jimmy Guthrie and Jock Taylor to Jim Clark, Colin McRae, and ‘The Flying Scot’ Sir Jackie himself. This new agreement, backed by £360,000 investment over four years from sportscotland, will support the development of the sport and provide more opportunities for people from all across Scotland to get involved at every level.

The new four-year agreement has enabled Scottish Motor Sports (SMS), the umbrella body for the sport, to create two new roles, National Development Manager and National Development Officer, to deliver a new strategy. This strategy aims to increase membership by 10 per cent. This increase will be achieved through a focus on working with the clubs to increase the number of qualified coaches, building stronger relationships between clubs and local authorities, and developing greater opportunities for student participation.

Speaking at the launch at Ingliston three-time F1 World Champion Sir Jackie Stewart was on hand to give his backing to the new partnership and said: “Scotland needs more champions in the world of motor sport. To be global champions is a very big challenge. We have to excite more people about motor sport in general. We have also got to encourage more people to come to racing and rally events.

“For a wee country we have done almost better than any country with regards to the number of top motor racing and motor cyclists per head of population. It would be very good for Scotland to invest more to develop more talent.”