Scots rac­ers are key to IGNITION Fes­ti­val

Scots rac­ing stars con­firmed as part of the start­ing line-up for the ma­jor IGNITION Fes­ti­val of Mo­tor­ing that’s com­ing to Glas­gow

Rutherglen Reformer - - Drive Time -

SCOTS rac­ing stars Gor­don Shed­den and Jimmy McRae are the lat­est big names to sign up for ac­tion at the 2017 IGNITION Fes­ti­val of Mo­tor­ing.

Reign­ing Bri­tish Tour­ing Car Cham­pion Shed­den wowed crowds at the 2016 event with his no-holds­barred driv­ing. And the driver nick­named “Flash” will once again show­case his skills on the spe­cially com­mis­sioned street cir­cuit.

And five-time Bri­tish Rally Cham­pion Jimmy McRae will bring a Scot­tish flavour to a star-stud­ded in­ter­na­tional rally cast. IGNITION 2017 will re­turn to SEC Glas­gow from August 4-6 for an ex­hil­a­rat­ing ex­trav­a­ganza of cars, bikes, stunts and more.

The event, Scot­land’s big­gest au­to­mo­tive show­case, will give fans the chance to ex­pe­ri­ence the sights, sounds and smells of everything from rally and drift rac­ing to clas­sic cars and mo­tor­bikes, as well as the big­gest col­lec­tion of F1 cars ever to be seen in Scot­land.

Speak­ing at his home track of Knock­hill in Fife, Shed­den said: “I’m re­ally ex­cited to be com­ing back to IGNITION. I had a lot of fun driv­ing the Ariel Nomad last year and can’t wait to get out there again in August.

“It’s al­ways a priv­i­lege to per­form in front of a Scot­tish crowd and the IGNITION au­di­ence will be no dif­fer­ent. They are as knowl­edge­able and pas­sion­ate as they come, so I’m sure it will be an­other fun-filled week­end for all the fam­ily.”

McRae will link up with World Rally elite Ari Vata­nen, Miki Bi­a­sion, Timo Salo­nen, Markku Alen and Stig Blomqvist – all of whom he tus­sled with for sil­ver­ware dur­ing a golden era for the sport dur­ing the 1980s. He joked: “I man­aged to beat all of them in my old MG Metro and I’m con­fi­dent I can do it again on home soil. In all se­ri­ous­ness, they’re all for­mer World Cham­pi­ons, so they are all pretty good at their job. It will be great to ap­pear along­side them.”

Bi­a­sion will drive his Lan­cia Delta, Blomqvist will be reac­quainted with the RS200 and Audi Quat­tro, Alen will take the wheel of the Lan­cia Stratos, while “Flying Finn” Vata­nen will be re­united with his RS1800. The com­bi­na­tion will make for an un­miss­able rally spec­ta­cle on the city streets.

IGNITION Fes­ti­val di­rec­tor Cat Stan­ford said: “We’re thrilled to se­cure an­other cham­pion driver in the shape of Gor­don Shed­den. He’s at the top of his game and this year could com­plete a hat-trick of con­sec­u­tive BTCC ti­tle wins, so we’re very lucky to have him re­turn to IGNITION for a sec­ond year.

“Like­wise, Jimmy is a house­hold name in Scot­tish mo­tor­sport. This year will see him face up to some old foes from our Rally Gods line-up, which should prove a lot of fun.”

Other fes­ti­val at­trac­tions in­clude an ar­ray of hot rods, the re­turn of the Jap­speed drift team, a cel­e­bra­tion of Fer­rari’s 70 years and a su­per­car grid to ri­val any – packed with Lam­borgh­i­nis, Porsches, McLarens, Mus­tangs and more.

Gor­don Shed­den signs up for the 2017 IGNITION Fes­ti­val of Mo­tor­ing

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