|Blue by choice - not by cold!|
The new sponsor is quarry equipment and recycling machinery manufacturer, Blue, and whilst the company name may be unfamiliar to many rally fans, the man behind it won't be. Blue's Scottish Sales Manager is Kieran O'Kane who campaigns that glorious sounding Opel Ascona on the Scottish rounds.
Although he is from 'over there', Kieran is now living and working 'over here' hence his interest in the Scottish series, but he's hoping to attract a few of his fellow Irish rallyists to some of the Scottish rounds and perhaps even encourage some of our lot to go over there and compete against his lot. Having said that I don't know if the Scottish consitution could cope with the Irish way of rallying. The social events are often more serious than the competition!
There is little in the way of change to the STRC series this year although the 1 litre class has been dropped due to no entries last year. A new addition to the over 2 litre class was announced though.
The STRC is also also committed to the Junior Rally Challenge for 14 to 17 year olds and modifications have been made to the running of Dunfermline Car Club's April event at Ingliston to accommodate the youngsters.
Another concern which was discussed was the issue of Marshals. This is a national concern not just a club or championship issue and the whole sport in Scotland will need to address this. It's not just the need to attract new Marshals, it's explaining their duties and responsibilities, and keeping them enthused and interested.
Entries in the STRC were up last year and with Blue's help the Championshp is hoping to build on that this year.
( More info on the website tomorrow. )