Ross Wylie has won the Avon Tyres British GT4 Championship title at his first attempt – 24 hours before his 23rd birthday.
Thornhill’s Wylie and co-driver Jake Giddings, drove their Beechdean Motorsport Aston Martin Vantage home into a “safety first” fifth place in the 10th and final race at Donington Park yesterday.
Carlisle racecourse played host to the world's only female jockey race event yesterday.
Ladies donned their big hats as thousands turned out to one of the busiest days on the race track calendar.
The event is the only race meeting in the world where all the jockeys are female.
Eighties band Wet Wet Wet took to the stage in the evening to entertain the crowds.
The historic Carlisle Bells are returning to the race course, with runners and riders competing for what is thought to be the oldest sporting trophy in the world.
The Carlisle Bells date back to the 16th century and were first contested during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.
Almost £100,000 in prize money is up for grabs over sevens days of racing.
Dumfries racing driver Ross Wylie will be travelling almost 2,000 miles in three days to contest races in Germany and England.
The 21-year-old from Thornhill is competing in the Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup at the Hockenheim circuit on 4th May.
He will then make the long road trip back to England to defend his Volkswagon Racing Cup series lead at Rockingham in Northampshire on 6th May.
Mr Wylie is the only Briton racing in the German DTM support series.
“I’ve never been to Hockenheim but I’ve ‘driven’ the track on a simulator at iZone Driver Performance in Silverstone which should be of benefit but it’s not quite the same as driving it in a real race car.
“I’ll only get 45 minutes of practice on Friday before a 30 minute qualifying session on Saturday prior to the 30 minute race that afternoon.
“I tested my ‘German’ Volkswagen for the first time at the official pre-season test at Oscherslaben in mid April and got a feel for the car.
“I went to Rockingham for the first time earlier this month and tested for a day in mixed weather conditions.
“First time out on track was wet which was the last thing I wanted when learning a new circuit but it dried later giving me a feel for the circuit in both conditions.
“This is only my second full season in motor racing after my kart career and I guess this week’s schedule underlines my commitment. Sacrifices must be made if you want to succeed and move up the ladder.
"This will certainly be a challenge, physically and mentally, but this is when the training comes in to play to cope with these stresses.
“Contesting races at Hockenheim and Rockingham just three days apart is certainly not going to be an easy task but I will give it my best shot.”
One of our region's most successful motorsport drivers spends most of his time racing in venues around the world, when he's not relaxing in Monaco with his family. Allan McNish began his career karting in Dumfries. He was on a rare visit to his hometown today.
Sportscar legend Allan McNish was back in his home town of Dumfries, and was full of praise for local driving talent:
Allan McNish admitted that 2012 was a difficult season and said he is hoping to land the top prize in 2013.
He talked to ITV Border about his hopes for this year:
Allan McNish has been talking to ITV Border about why he loves coming home to Dumfries.
Despite having lived in Monaco for years, he says he still enjoys visiting his home town and taking his mum out for lunch.
He only managed to make it back four times last year, as his racing commitments take up most of his time:
The two time winner of the Le Mans 24 hour race now lives in Monte Carlo but returns to Dumfries today to outline his plans for the 2013 motorsport season.
It's believed his first race will be the Rolex 24 at Daytona florida on the 26-27 January.
Tony Wootton took the regns at Carlisle back in 1987 and has been a huge part of transforming the racecourse into one of the finest tracks in the north of England. At the age of 67 this will be his final meeting in charge before handing over control to his son thomas.