Monthly Archives: August 2016

SG_01The Coltel Grampian stages held at Milton of Crathes in Banchory on Saturday the 13th of August 2016 was a successful day for Gina and co-driver Richard Simmonds. After finishing third over all in the Ecosse Challenge she managed to accumulate enough points to win the overall C2 Junior Championship. She quotes "I really loved the stages, there was some great flowing bits and some testing bits but overall I thoroughly enjoyed the day, and to take the Junior Title was just the icing on top of the cake, it just rounded up a fantastic day."

The day in the Grampian forestry wasn't all plain sailing for Gina and Richard as they had some overheating trouble with the car. The crew at "Jack and Victor Motorsport" Hacker “Victor” Atchison and Billy “Jack ” O'Brien, named after the well know comics in the sitcom Still Game as they provide not only the mechanical knowledge but the entertainment too, had diagnosed the problem as a head gasket leak. They managed to work their magic and get the car back down to temperature sealing the hole causing the overheating to get them safely to the end of the rally. "I absolutely couldn't do it without them, not only for their hard work but for the fun that we all have as well" said Gina.

Mum Louise kept a close eye on things, and giving some words of wisdom when needed. Mandy Wood now known as “Isa” in keeping with the Still Game theme was there to keep the team fed and watered along with Louise doing the home baking. "It’s a massive team effort, every body has an important role to play and like I said I really couldn't do it without them." Gina was asked a question at the end of the rally " why do you think there were only 2 females in the rally today, Gina replied with "I really don't know because the C2 challenge is such a great stepping stone to get a taste of motor sport, everything is kept so basic on the cars meaning the cost stays down and every body is on the same playing field, so it really is the most affordable way to get some great experience and meet some amazing people along the way." so a great day had by all at the Jack and Victor Motorsport team.