Junior 1000 rallying has now become firmly established in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. The F1000 club started the ball rolling in 2009 and in 2012, Scotland and Ireland joined in with their own Championships.
In Scotland, the Championship was taken on by the Ecosse Challenge and at the first event in March 2012 at Charterhall, 10 crews lined up for the start.
By the end of 2012 there were 14 drivers registered. That number grew to 20 in 2013 before settling back at average 13 to 15 in the years 2014 to 2018. In the first 7 years, a total of 50 Junior drivers have been “through the Scottish system” and more than half of them have gone on to be active in “senior” rallying in one form or another. 9 are still “in the system” and loving every minute of it.
The Mission Statement of the Junior 1000 Ecosse Challenge is:
“To educate and prepare young people for a future in rallying through training and participation”
Training events are held at Knockhill and Kames Motorsport venues using skilled instructors and coaches from the MSA Academy. We can take somebody who at 14 has never sat in a car and by the time they are 17, they are ready for the “senior” rally world. Not all will go on to become great Champions competing at the highest level but there is a place for everybody in the wide rally world.
The other two words which feature strongly in what we do are “Safety” and “Fun”. These come through the participation element.