Fittingly, the award comes in the year that the MSA launches its initiative, ‘Dare to be Different’, designed to encourage more female participation in all aspects of motorsport.
Twenty-one-year-old Gina continues a fine tradition of rallying in the town, following in the tyre tracks not only of the legendary Jim Clark, but more importantly, of her mother.
Gina lists Colin McRae, Jim Clark and Lewis Hamilton among her motorsport heroes, but says: “My mum is one of my biggest [motorsport] heroes, but we won’t tell her that!”
Gina’s mum is, of course, Louise Aitken-Walker, MBE and Ladies’ World Rally Champion in 1990.
The young Duns driver will be competing in the 2016 C2MotorsportParts.com Ecosse Challenge in her 1600 Citroën C2.
On winning the scholarship, Gina said: “It is fantastic to win the scholarship because this allows me to concrete my plans to get more experience and to move forward in 2016.”
She also added that she is looking to ultimately win the Ecosse Challenge before moving on to bigger events.
Garry Headridge, administrator of the scholarship, added: “We are really pleased to be able to give Gina this opportunity. This is the fifth year of the RSAC Motorsport New Talent Scholarship which has already assisted drivers progress their careers. Previous winner Blair Brown from Kilmarnock is now driving in the MSA DMack Junior British Rally Championship. We look forward to working with Gina in 2016 and hopefully into 2017.”
The scholarship includes free entry to the RSAC Scottish Rally on June 25 when competitors in the ARR Craib MSA Scottish Rally Championship will join those competing in the British Rally Championship in the forest stages of Dumfries and Galloway.
Gina begins her Ecosse Challenge campaign on the Brick and Steel Border Counties Rally this Saturday, March 19.
She joins Andy Struthers from Libberton who is in his second year of the Scholarship.