SLOAN WILL RE­TURN IAN MILLS

MN’S ROAD RAL­LY­ING EX­PERT “The po­lice con­fu­sion is part of his­tory”

Motor Sport News - - Rally News - Done­gal Rally re­port, p38

BTRDA 1400S rally com­peti­tor Scott Sloan is eye­ing a re­turn to ral­ly­ing after his Vaux­hall Corsa burned out on the DMACK Carlisle Stages ear­lier this month.

Sloan dis­lodged the ex­haust in a ditch and when he and co-driver David Sloan reached the end of the stage, the car ig­nited.

The Scot­tish driver says he has been blown away by the sup­port of the ral­ly­ing com­mu­nity. He’s al­ready re­ceived re­place­ment parts as gifts ahead of what he hopes is a speedy re­turn.

“I just can’t be­lieve the sup­port I’ve re­ceived,” ad­mit­ted Sloan. “I didn’t ask for any­thing and all of a sud­den folks were try­ing to or­gan­ise parts for me and set up a fund to raise money for me. It’s blown me away, I’m so, so grate­ful and I can’t be­lieve peo­ple have been so kind. I’ve had peo­ple drop­ping stuff off at my farm al­ready.

“It’s been so touch­ing and I’m so moved by it. I’m re­ally hum­bled, ev­ery­one has come to­gether. I’ve gone from los­ing ev­ery­thing and a day later there’s all this hope. It’s given me a new lease of life and I want to work my hard­est to get a new car built and get back out and make ev­ery­one proud.”

The 22-year-old put a sub­stan­tial amount into the Corsa he built up over five years, but thanks to the gen­eros­ity of the rally com­mu­nity he be­lieves he’ll be able to re­turn.

“I have a shell al­ready and the plan is to build it up slowly,” added Sloan. “I’ll be in the garage ev­ery night work­ing to get it ready and to get it out. I had that car for five years and I built it up slowly. This year was sup­posed to be the year where the car was the best it had been. I was happy, en­joy­ing it so much. I put ev­ery­thing into that car, it’s what I live and breath. To see it go up in flames was just the most hor­rific thing ever. I was so up­set and I thought that was ral­ly­ing for me over. Ob­vi­ously it’s taken a while for me to save up and build the car, I thought it was years be­fore I’d be able to get back out.”

To do­nate to Scott’s cause, visit his Just Giv­ing page set up by rally or­gan­iser and com­peti­tor Heather Grisedale here: crowd­fund­ing.justgiv­ing.com/scott-sloan.

Scot lost his Corsa to flames Scott (l) and fa­ther David (r)

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