Ahead of this weekend’s Scottish Rally we speak to regular customer Niall Cowan Jnr, who once again returns to the stages using our carbon positive level of carbon offsetting.
Carbon positive motorsport was established with the purpose to create the greatest level of carbon offsetting in all motorsport disciplines, to benefit the environment and also to help make motorsport sustainable for future generations to enjoy.
To make that level of adoption possible, we need competitors at all levels to get involved in making a change, and to make carbon offsetting part of their normal event routines.
Niall, since our launch you have been a huge supporter of what we do, why do you see sustainability in the sport as being so important?
Sustainability is so important to this sport as the way things are going in this current climate we need to protect and improve on everything we are doing, it's crucial we do everything we can, and I think carbon positive motorsport have a lot of that covered in helping to ensure we have a future for the sport we love.
How did you start in Rallying?
I started competing in 2014, it was quite a struggle to get in before that, what with running my own business with motorbikes beforehand. I had been brought up with rallying with my father who has competed for years, so off I went to the Galloway Hills in a standard MG ZR, near enough scrap tyres, and the rest was history!
You are involved in every level, both as a competitor, SRC competitor representative as well as supporting and servicing for Angus Lawrie Motorsport and Jack Armstrong - how do you find time for it all?, and what gives you the greatest satisfaction?
It’s a struggle for sure, midnight shifts, any spare time I have goes into the sport, but I would never change it, satisfaction comes with the result. When you see Jock battling WRC cars and R5s with his Subaru is just awesome, working alongside Angus is also the same, the workmanship that comes out is great to deal with.
What's your greatest achievement so far?
The 2018 Scottish Junior Championship will be my best achievement, I will remember that for a while, I’ve now also won the 1400cc class in 2018 and the same car I won the 1600cc class in 2021, and 3rd 2wd o/a.
And finally looking forward, what are your ambitions for the future?
I would like to say I need to move on from the ZR, but I just love driving it, there’s certainly more to come from it so I can’t see me changing anytime soon! I would like to experience one event in a 4wd car or a proper RWD car but that’s as far as it goes!
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