Following the recent news that Dario Franchitti is hanging up his helmet in full time motor racing, comes the news today that Allan McNish will step down from full time racing next year too.
Just a few days before his 44th birthday and following his 2013 Sports Car World Title win, the Audi factory driver said: “I found the ideal moment for myself to bring an end to my LMP sports-prototype racing with Audi. Together with my team-mates Tom Kristensen and Loïc Duval I finished my most successful season in the sports car. Having also won the Le Mans 24 Hours, I can’t wish for more than what we’ve achieved this year. I can look back on a fantastic career that has left no aims unfinished and I’m looking forward to new challenges the future holds for me. Now I’ll have a lot more time for my family. But I’m going to continue to be part of motorsport in various roles, albeit no longer as an Audi race driver.”
On hearing the news, Dario Franchitti tweeted: “I'm sad that one of my heroes Allan McNish is retiring because I love to watch him race - but I've now got a partner in crime for retirement!”
Yup, and here at home, we’ll all miss the tousled blonde head and impish grin too.
But where does that leave Scotland on the world stage? With Paul di Resta looking less like retaining a seat in the top echelon of F1, it leaves damn few to fly the Saltire at world title level next year.
And don’t expect any support from Colnbrook for Scottish talent or Scottish initiatives. They’re so worried about Wee Eck’s plans for separation that they won’t be spending any money this side of the border until after the referendum!
Wonder if Flash could get a move up to World Touring Cars?