More desperately sad news from Scottish rallying. Stephen McClory passed away suddenly and quite unexpectedly two weeks ago. He was only 22 years of age.
Stephen was fairly new to rallying having started in 2012 with the 14-17 year old Junior 1000 Championship driving a Nissan Micra. In 2014 he switched to a Fiesta ST which he drove in only a few events each year as he continued with his engineering studies at university.
He combined his enthusiasm for rallying with a love of ski-ing. Indeed, just after Christmas he had gone on a ski-ing holiday with his Mum, Janice, and was looking ahead to the new rallying season with his Dad, John.
It's just so tragic that such a promising young life was cut short before the promise could be fulfilled. Stephen was a credit to Janice and John, an intelligent and gifted young man, quiet to the point of shyness amongst strangers, although genuinely warm and generous amongst friends.
The understandably emotional funeral took place yesterday in Coatbridge and was attended by parents and grandparents, close and extended family members, friends, staff from John's Brick & Steel Construction Company and a few rally pals.
We simply can't comprehend what the family is going through, but our thoughts and condolences should be with the family during these dark days.