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Young Rothienorman driver on the right track for future success

By David Porter

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Across the country motorsport competitors and fans are awaiting the potential return to the track in March having been off-road now for several months.

For one young driver from Rothienorman, it was will be a special one, following the completion of the construction of her new stockcar.

Mia at Caledonia Logistics in Kintore. Picture: David Porter
Mia at Caledonia Logistics in Kintore. Picture: David Porter

Primary school pupil, nine-year-old Mia Cross started racing micro F2's just over a year ago having progressed from bambino karting and follows in the footsteps of her dad David Hughes who himself raced in stockcars from the age of 10.

Her car for next season is in the final stages of construction and testing and was unveiled this week having been fully liveried in colours of her main sponsor, Kintore headquarted Caledonian Logistics.

The distinctive bright yellow Caledonian Logistics branding replicates that seen on the companies vehicles which are a common sight on the north-east's roads and joins co-sponsorship from Caledonian Transport and Logistics Consultancy and Caledonian Training Academy along with several other local companies.

2021 will be Mia’s third season in Micro F2’s and like all drivers, she is hopefully restrictions will lift enough this year to let them race all over the UK.

BriSCA Micro Stock Cars are an introductory junior class of short oval motor racing which offers a fun way for young drivers to start racing as well as utilising national facilities at Kings Lynn, Skegness, Northampton, Mildenhall, Taunton, Cowdenbeath and Crimond.

Commenting Mia said: "I got interested in racing through my dad and I have raced at Crimond and Cowdenbeath.

"We hope that if the restrictions lift then I can race at different places in the UK and maybe even Holland."

The Micro F2 races are set up to allow the youngsters to get track practice as dad David explained: "The set-up lets the less experience start at the front of the grid and helps them to build up confidence and driving skill without being overly competitive so that they are not put off."

Caledonian Logistics director Derek Mitchell was happy to help the young driver's ambitions.

He said: "It's great to see young talent coming through in any form, from motorsport to our own apprentices here at the company

"Over the year's we've supported other drivers at different levels, but with the suspension of all events were happy to help Mia and her family."

Supporting Mia's racing, her grand-father Gary Hughes said: "It is great to see local established companies helping kids follow their dreams and in this time of constant doom and gloom and bad news surrounding Covid-19 and the attitude and behaviours towards it

"Win or lose as long as the kids are enjoying the racing that is all that matters."

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