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Jack is top Scottish driver in final year at Junior Ecosse level


By Alan Hendry

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Jack Ryan received the Retson Salver for the second year in a row.
Jack Ryan received the Retson Salver for the second year in a row.

Caithness motorsport ace Jack Ryan said a fond farewell to the Junior 1000 Ecosse Challenge when he collected the award for top Scottish driver in the championship for a second successive year.

The 17-year-old from Castletown received the Retson Salver at the Scottish Rally Championship presentation held in Glasgow's Hilton Hotel.

This was Jack's last year in the season-long Junior Ecosse competition for drivers aged 14-17. He will be moving up to seniors this year, with his first race at Knockhill this month. He will be driving a Subaru Impreza.

Jack had another impressive year in the Junior 1000 Ecosse Challenge, finishing on the podium seven times in nine races. He came second overall out of 23 drivers.

Jack was accompanied by navigator Robin Nicolson for all but one of the 2023 events in the Volkswagen Up.

Oliver Phillips and Barry Young were overall champions. Two wins in the first three rounds set the tone and they finished on the podium in every round they entered.

Rian Walker was third overall. His co-driver was Stuart McBride.

Jack finished on the podium seven times in nine races during the 2023 season.
Jack finished on the podium seven times in nine races during the 2023 season.

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