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The festive rev-ellers; Trials riders are set to entertain across country as big plans for the future are announced MOTORSPORT.

Byline: Al Suttie

IF YOU thought the festive break is a quiet time for motorsport in Scotland, think again.

There's plenty going on and it's all on two wheels as trials riders pit themselves against the elements and terrain across the country.

Tomorrow sees competitors take part in the Stevenston Festive Open to Scotland event at Weels Farm, Lochwinnoch, just to the south-west of Glasgow.

It's a chance to blow away the cobwebs for riders and spectators, with a mixture of routes. The first rider starts at 11am and the trial finishes at 4pm.

The Elgin Endurance Club fits in a final round for 2018 on Sunday, with its Hare and Hounds ride.

It has classes for Expert, Over 40s and 50s, Clubman and Sportsman entrants, and takes place at Birkenhill Wood and Linkwood Farm near Elgin.

This three-hour enduro race will be decided by the rider who completes the most laps of this tough course.

There's then a small break before the aptly named Sair Heed trial kickstarts the New Year at Lochlane, Perthshire, next Wednesday.

It's the ideal opportunity to get some fresh air after Hogmanay and is organised by the Perth and District Motorcycle Club just to the west of Crieff.

Competition kicks off at 11am and there are A and B routes for the riders to tackle.

Motorcycle and car racing could also be coming to the north of Scotland as plans for a new venue have been announced by the Caithness Car Club and the Caithness Autocross Club.

The new track will be at the Banniskirk Sports Complex and will have facilities for kart racing, mountain biking, motorcycling and potentially a round of the British Sprint Championship.

The PS250,000 facility will be completed within three years and the 1000-metre track design has already been laid out.

Sandy Duncan, secretary of the Banniskirk Sports Complex, said: "We've made good progress but need more funding for this exciting project to reach its goals."

The Bo'ness Revival has announced plans for its 2019 event that will include The Jim Clark Road Tour to mark 60 years since the two-time Formula One World Champion competed at the hillclimb course.

Entrants in the tour will depart from the Bo'ness and Kinneil Railway to take in some of the best roads on a route down to the Jim Clark Museum in Duns. On track, there will be a dedicated Jim Clark Class for the 2019 Bo'ness Revival.

It's open to any type of car that Jim Clark competed in and there are already provisional entries for a Jaguar D-type, Lotus Elan, Porsche 356, Triumph TR3 and DKW.


Z CHALLENGE Trials riders competing in a Perth and District Motorcycle Club event. Below, the Bo'ness Revival

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Date:Dec 28, 2018
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