Published: 17/01/2014 09:50 - Updated: 17/01/2014 10:23

Russell following in his champion dad's tyremarks

Written byCraig Christie

A FOURTEEN-YEAR-OLD Moray schoolboy has completed a father and son motorsport double by becoming junior club champion in his debut season.

Bryan and Russell Morrison are Elgin's 63 Car Club's first father-and-son club championship winning double in its 50-year history.
Bryan and Russell Morrison are Elgin's 63 Car Club's first father-and-son club championship winning double in its 50-year history.

Milne’s High pupil Russell Morrison became Elgin’s 63 Car Club’s youngest-ever junior winner in the same year that his dad Bryan (49) became club champion for the first time in 30 years.

Between them the pair, who live in Urquhart, won a series of honours both in club events and on the North East of Scotland championship circuit.

Young drivers can compete in autotesting – an off-road challenge of precision driving skills – from the age of 14 and Russell was too young to take part in last season’s opening event. However, he still emerged as winner of his club’s junior championship, which is contested by all drivers under the age of 24.

Russell also came top in the club’s class 1 autotest competition, which is open to all ages, and was also class 2 winner in the North East Championships ahead of rivals from Aberdeen, Stonehaven and Dundee.

“I’m extremely proud of him,” said his father, who said between him and his son they had claimed five championship and five class victories in 2013.

“Autotesting might only be racing around cones but 63 Car Club would have the hardest standard of competition in the North-east of Scotland, so it’s a real achievement.”

The sport is almost exclusively contested in Moray at the former Dallachy airfield, near Spey Bay. In the past, school car parks were used but have now been outlawed for safety reasons, while stubble farm fields are still used occasionally.

Russell’s exploits in his Ford Fiesta have driven him on course to follow in the tyremarks of his older brother Scott (19), a former go-kart champion who now competes on the Scottish Tarmack Rally Championships.

Full story in Northern Scot print version.

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