Motor Racing:Allan McNish

Allan is one of the most respected and liked personalities in the dynamic and competitive world of motorsport and is rarely seen without a smile on his face, Allan has always been one of motorsport's most naturally engaging and entertaining characters, making him a favourite of media and fans alike. Off-track, this has led to media roles with BBC Radio 5 Live, Sky Sports F1 and SPEED TV, where he has shared his sporting insight with millions of viewers and listeners.

After family trips to watch racing at circuits such as Ingliston, Oulton Park and Croft and being inspired to get into motorsport through trips with his father, who was helping local driver David Leslie, a successful foray into Karting saw Allan rise through the ranks to win the Scottish and British Championships and then onto podiums internationally. A freezing cold Knockhill then beckoned for a first drive of a race car.

"It was 1987 when we headed to Knockhill circuit. It had just been bought by the Butchers, who still own it to this day. Derek opened it up on a cold, dismal wet and freezing February day back in 1987 before went off for a walk with his dog, wrapped up with his wellies and deerstalker on whilst this young long haired yob from Dumfries had his first ever go in a racing car.. We had a year old Formula Ford. It was just unbelievably cold, freezing with ice on the track and having just come from International Karting, I just couldn't believe how little grip this car had. I didn't even complete one lap before I'd spun."

Allan has shared memories of some great career highlights that have taken in racing with Ayrton Senna and of course, standing on the top step of the podium three times at Le Mans.

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