Pedal to the metal for Brandon

1212074 SSFF brandon walsh 'Brandon Walsh - young rally driver who is taking part in a rally series this year for the first time - at Brandon Motors, Mitchell Ind Est, Thornton
1212074 SSFF brandon walsh 'Brandon Walsh - young rally driver who is taking part in a rally series this year for the first time - at Brandon Motors, Mitchell Ind Est, Thornton
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A FOURTEEN-year-old Kirkcaldy High School pupil will burn rubber as part of this year’s Brick and Steel Junior 1000 Ecosse Challenge.

Brandon Walsh, of Dunnikier Estate, will race against other youngsters between the ages of 14 and 17-year-old in the 1000cc rally series which is held across Scotland.

This will be Brandon’s first season in the series, which launched last year, and dad Ian is hoping his enthusiasm for the sport can transfer into wins.

Ian said: “I had been at an event at Knockhill and picked up a flyer for the event and showed it to Brandon.

“He decided to get involved so we got him a Toyota Yaris and we’d prepare it for the next year. This is his first season, there are a lot of new guys taking part in it, and he’s really looking forward to it.

“He’s already taken part in tests to prove that he’s a competent driver and races with the Glenrothes Motor Sport Club.”

The ultimate goal of the challenge is to prepare young drivers for a future career in adult rally driving.

The first event will be staged at the end of the month near to Duns, and organiser David Barlow is hoping for a 
successful series.

He said: “Safety is way at the top of our agenda and we take our responsibility for the youngsters and their co-drivers 
very seriously.

“That is why training and practice is so important and the combination of willingness to listen and learn on top of youthful exuberance makes our job so much easier.

“But we could not do it without the help of organisations like Brick & Steel, ABR Roofing, Knockhill and Kames and a whole host of experienced people.

“This is going to be another cracking year.”

Other racers taking part include Michael Robertson – Dunfermline in a Nissan Micra; Brodie Balfour – Kirkcaldy in a Nissan Micra and Dylan O’Donnell – Leven in a Nissan Micra.

SCOTT INGLIS

Twitter: @ScottInglisEFM