Driving ambition is on track for Golspie teenager
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Dylan Mackay’s career in karting is moving up a gear as he continues to be on the right track in motor racing.
The Golspie teenager recently jumped up two classes to be competing at junior rotax level across the UK where he has made a big impression.
Mackay (14) started his career at the North of Scotland Kart Club in Golspie in 2016 before going on to race at the British Championship last year.
His father Jody says karting has helped Dylan give him confidence which he did not have before to help him excel on the racing track.
“We put him into a kart and it just seemed to fill him with confidence,” he said.
“He took to it like a duck to water - it buoyed him up.
“Karting has helped him open up.”
During 2019, Mackay raced in England and was involved in the British Championship competing in 21 races.
His father says it is an expensive sport to be involved with, but they have managed to achieve financial support.
“We are in a world we should not be in financially. We just seem to make it work, but it is a huge effort.
“Last year, to do the British Championships, we were looking at around £25,000.
“Every weekend cost at least £1000 between flights and registration, tyres and other things.”
During 2020, Mackay returned to compete in Scotland with Cannon Motor Sport.
Karting is in the family DNA with Dylan’s grandfather George a former racer who helped establish the track at Golspie. His grandmothers Myra Mackay and Irene Jack, along with his mother Kimberly, run Nana’s kitchen at the racing track.
Mackay competes in memory of his friend Hamish Ross, from Rogart, who was also a talented kart driver. He died suddenly last year.
Every time Mackay wins and is on the podium, he pays tribute to Ross.