Scottish Championship Car Racing (SMRC)
Sunday 10th September, 2017
Qualifying: Wet conditions meant it was difficult to find a quick pace. I eventually managed a quick time and it looked like I would be starting on pole, however seconds later I lost pole to a quicker driver, still happy to be starting second knowing I could go quicker.
Race 1: A poor start dropped me down to third before the first corner, I knew I had to make sure I brought the car home safe – despite how fast it felt – to ensure I was victorious in the championship. With two laps to go the second place driver spun giving me an extra place collecting valuable points.
Race 2: Again I lined up at the front hoping not to repeat my slow start in race one. As the rain came down I miss-timed my launch and bogged-down as third place sped by. I told myself to stay calm as third was good enough and the front two were battling hard. The front runners continued to squabble and eventually came together resulting in me moving up into second place. This was a tough place to be in as I simultaneously pushed on for the lead, and defended my position. My focus was on bringing the car home safe again so I could take home the championship. Crossing the line in second, knowing I had won the championship, was both a relief and a thrill after a tough battle at the front.
2017 has been a rollercoaster and I have learned a great deal from both the high points and the lows. I am a much more determined and focused driver as a result. I have received fantastic support and help from many people and I’m truly grateful. I can’t thank Graham Brunton Racing enough. Gavin Ray has produced an awesome car for me, not once but twice and it gives me great pleasure to reward him with a championship title for his car. I would also like to thank my sponsors Glasgow Allied Tigers and Cab Direct for their continued support in my career.
Ross is now the championship winner – view the table here.
Mazda Road to Indy
The SMRC Scottish formula Ford 1600 Championship is fortunate enough to have the support of the Mazda ‘Road to Indy’ shootout. The winner receives an entry ticket to race a fully funded season in the USF 2000 Championship.
I am blessed to be the winner of this ticket and cannot wait to get training and represent the SMRC in the states. I am confident that I have the knowledge and skills to win this shootout but I know it won’t be easy. I will be competing against fifteen other championship winners from all over the world.