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Borders racer heading to world famous Daytona circuit in the USA

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A racing driver from Peebles is clocking up championship titles in his Mini.

His latest victory, winning the Sunoco 240 Challenge, means Robbie Dagleish has been given the chance of a lifetime, to be part of a four-hour endurance race in a GT4 sports car at the legendary Daytona International Speedway in Florida.

At just 24, this is something he's been dreaming of his whole life.

"I've been racing my whole life it's just me and my dad we've always been a team. We've got some sponsors on board now, we wouldn't be racing without them. We're racing against teams with ten, twelve mechanics, and it's just the two of us and we can still go out and beat them."

– Robbie Dalgleish

Robbie's Dad Robert is also his mechanic, and has seen the dedication his son has put into the sport over the years.

He's been racing since the age of seven, like many racers Robbie started out in karts and progressed onto cars.

We thought we've had enough of karting where do we go from here, went up to Knockhill saw them racing minis and Robbie says I fancy that and I said if you fancy that I'll build you a car."

– Robert Dalgleish. Robbie's Dad

He's raced Minis in Scotland for several years and after winning the Celtic Speed Cup, Robbie had decided to join the Mini Challenge.

But going further means more costs. The sport can cost the team tens of thousands of pounds each year. So, the family team have sought help from local sponsors from the area to get them over the start line.

Robbie drives out of the JRD Motors Garage in Peebles, and is sponsored by local company Evolution Bottling and Packaging Solutions.

We just thought we should support local talent that of which Robbie has in abundance. It's such a great story from where he's come from in Karting and we just want to be part of it. We weren't natural motorsport enthusiasts, well we weren't but we certainly are now."

– Colin Clelland, Evolution Bottling, Sponsor

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Robbie will be heading over to race in the USA in January.