September 18, 2023
Next weekend's Autosave Components Kinloss Autumn Stages Rally will offset 11,000Kg CO2e, in the first of two Kinloss events that will run this year.
Condor Motorsport Club has partnered with Carbon Positive Motorsport to provide carbon offsetting for the Kinloss-based events, in addition to work that the progressive thinking motorsport club has undertaken with Trees for Life.
The partnership with CPM is part of a long-term environmental roadmap that aims to progressively reduce and mitigate the events carbon footprint through the use of a world class Woodland Carbon Code certified carbon offsetting project based in locally at Loch Ness, which will bring additional environmental benefits such as improved biodiversity and the rewilding of native tree species.
Carbon offsetting is included in the entry for all competitors this year, and the oversubscribed event demonstrates that clubman events can not only act to mitigate the environmental impact of an event, but also do so with competitive entry fees. As part of the Back to Roots Tarmac Rally Championship this is an important value, as their goal is to provide a championship that is more affordable for the grass roots competitor.
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Tom Howie will be competing as one of Carbon Positive Motorsport's event ambassadors and told us, "I will be looking for a good craic, with Josh sitting next to me." More importantly he will be seeking a good result ahead of his father Colvin, who is competing with Tom's regular co driver Michael Mackenzie at his side in their brace of Highland Rievers Racing cars.
Tam Matthews of Condor MSC commented, "Condor Motorsport Club are delighted to be teaming up with Carbon Positive Motorsport to offset the emissions that the sport we love causes.
"With Kinloss Barracks being next door to the famous Findhorn Foundation, we were eager to reassure their members that as a Club and a sport, we take our environmental responsibilities seriously and Carbon Positive Motorsport has allowed us to allay any concerns they and the wider local community had, by simplifying the whole process for us.
"We are amazed at the strength of the entry this, the third running of a rally at Kinloss Barracks, has attracted as along with helping the environment, it will be a boost to the local economy as we go into the quieter season for tourism prolonging the season for the area."
The event also brings the Junior 1000 Ecosse Challenge as part of the entry. This competive championship has produced several talents now in senior rallying over the years. Carbon Positive Motorsport Ambassador Barry Young is passionate about the series and supporting the next generation of competition with his extensive background in the sport.
As co-driver to Oliver Phillips, they have been competing with their carbon emissions offset. Barry said ahead of the event, "I'm looking forward to the Kinloss stages next weekend. It’s a new venue for the junior championship and will present some new challenges for the junior crews. I think Oliver will go well here. It will suit his smooth driving style and hopefully gain us some good points for the championship.“
Kenny Wood regularly competes using Carbon Positive Motorsport's offsetting services and makes a swap from the forest to tarmac for the event in his immaculate ‘The Wheel Specialist’ sponsored BMW.
Paul Glass, founder of Carbon Positive Motorsport, added: "The Autosave Components Kinloss Autumn stages has proven itself to be very popular with competitors. The event packs in a lot of mileage with fast flowing stages. As a single venue, the event reduces road section mileage, which all adds up to a relatively low carbon footprint compared to a multi-venue event, and the event demonstrates a meaningful local contribution, to help mitigate the increasing global problem of climate change that threatens our sport.
"I’m also delighted that the Junior 1000 Ecosse Challenge competitors are part of this event. It’s a series I hold in very high regard, as it is so well organised and supports the future generation of rallying talent that our initiative seeks to support.
"I want to thank the organisers and all the competitors for their support of our initiative, and our ambition to help make motorsport and the environment sustainable for future generations to enjoy."
Competitors who wish to offset their event travel can use the code KS2023 on our website shop. It only costs a little to make a big difference for the sport, so whether you're a competitor or spectator, why not join us to help make motorsport sustainable.