Duns siblings enjoying life in the fast lane

KARTING siblings Alan and Kirsty Young from Duns both featured in the 2010 National Kart Racing Association Grande Finals in Llandow, South Wales.

Wednesday, 22nd September 2010, 3:58 pm
Updated Wednesday, 22nd September 2010, 3:58 pm

Brother and sister duo Alan, 19, and 17-year-old Kirsty, both made the long journey south as part of the Scottish contingent fighting to win the prestigious British title on August 28-29.

The weekend's racing was intense with over 30 of the top Formula Blue drivers competing from all over Britain.

Kirsty, the current British Women's Race Drivers Club karting champion, headed into the event seeded 11th in Scotland.

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With four top ten finishes in her qualifying heats, one a very respectable third place finish, she managed to qualify seventh for the final ahead of some of Britain's top drivers.

She then showed the opposition not to mess with the girls, pushing hard during the race and finishing a commendable sixth overall, lifting the trophy for the top lady driver for the second year in succession.

After finishing second in the Scottish Challenge and fourth in Scotland, brother Alan entered the weekend ranked fourth in the UK, hoping to improve after topping the time sheets at the track earlier in the year.

Alan, who won the Grande Final Trophy in juniors and the Junior Blue Open Championships in 2007, had a good start to the weekend when he managed a second in one of his four qualifying heats.

But due to a recurring electrical problem he was only able to take a fourth row start behind his younger sister in ninth position, and with the fault recurring during the first lap of the final it put an abrupt end to Alan's title hopes.

The Scottish contingent yet again showed true class by claiming nine of the top 10 positions.

Alan and Kirsty would like to thank their local sponsors, Pete Brown (Border School of Motoring, Duns), John Cameron (Mac Gas Distributor, Duns) and the Berwickshire Sports Council for their grants.