Libberton’s Andy Struthers just misses out on podium place

Andy Struthers'J1000 Junior Rally championship
Andy Struthers'J1000 Junior Rally championship
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LIBBERTON teenager Andy Struthers (14) made history by competing in the first ever Scottish Brick and Steel J1000 Ecosse challenge at Charterhall, Duns, finishing fourth, just off-podium.

Andy was one of 10 teenagers aged 14-16 taking part and lay in an impressive second place after the first stage.

He continued to put his one litre rally prepared Nissan Micra through its paces, as he and navigator Malcolm Robertson, from Edinburgh, negotiated the fast straights and tight chicanes of Charterhall airfield.

Andy said afterwards: “I think it was an absolutely amazing day, and a great first rally.

“Both the car and my team of navigator and mechanics were incredible. They helped make the day the success it was.

“I still have a lot to learn, but nothing beats driving at 90mph on the straights before braking to tackle the tight corners and chicanes. I am really looking forward to my next round of the J1000 rally championship at Ingliston on May 5.”

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