Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Race - Scots in USA


Ross Martin

Now I know they are not rallyists, but the 2017 Scottish Formula Ford 1600 Champion, Ross Martin and rising star Jamie Thorburn race under the Saltire, so we should support their efforts.

Anyway, the boys are off to Americky next weekend as part of the 'Mazda Road to Indy Shootout' awards scheme. They are amongst sixteen young drivers (including Ireland's Niall Murray) who have been selected from a list of around 400 young drivers from all around the world, so they are in pretty good company. The fact that there are TWO Scots in such an illustrious group says a lot for the quality of young drivers coming up through the ranks in Scotland.

Jamie Thorburn
So just what would winning the top $200,000 prize in this scholarship Shootout mean to these young drivers? Well, last year's winner, Oliver Askew, went on to win this year's USF2000 title. This has earned him a second Mazda scholarship and as a result as he will go forward into the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires in 2018.
The Shootout will take place at the Bondurant Racing School in Phoenix Arizona on 9th & 10th of December at the wonderfully named Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park.

Unfortunately we won't know who's won for some weeks after it, as Mazda will pick a time and place to make the announcement. Anyway, fingers crossed for both young men. I'm sure we all wish them well. Gaun yersels boys.

Just a pity that no such schemes are available to aspiring young rally drivers, eh? You know what, I feel another opinionated column coming on!!

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