Sime Racing give Cash for Kids a boost

02 Apr

Last month local business Sime Racing & Engineering Ltd participated in the annual Scotkart Cash for Kids Grand Prix, held at the Cambuslang indoor circuit and came away with another trophy to add to the cabinet!

Successful racing driver Barry Sime and Sime Racing MD organised two teams for the popular competition. In one team he was joined by former British Formula Ford Champion, Neilston’s David Brown, together with Barrhead’s Stuart Andrew. In the other team, Sime talked his Paisley racing driver protégé Scott Morrison into entering a team together with his brother Ryan Morrison of Nu Trend Floors and local chef Alan Ferguson. Both teams entered the hotly contested “professional” race which was held as a Le Mans style race with three drivers from each team sharing one kart and racing for 75 minutes, with the winning team being the one with the kart that has covered the most distance.

The “pro” race has become a who’s who in Scottish Motor racing over the years, when all the racing drivers get together for this competition in an effort to keep sharp, have some fun away from the pressure of the main racing season and most of all raise money for the children in West central Scotland at Christmas time.

The well deserving Charity has been busy at work since 1981 helping families in difficult circumstances to help give their children a positive Christmas experience. Barry first got involved with the charity, through Radio Clyde in 2000 and has been helping every year since. Barry commented “One highlight over the last few years was when Sir Tom Hunter bid several thousand pounds for me to instruct him round Knockhill racing circuit which was absolutely fantastic. This year our teams collectively raised just over £1,100 and the event itself raised around £10,000 all of which goes directly to the charity as Scotkart kindly donate their karts and facilities for the event for free.”

The race was extremely hectic and despite the “off season” timing, most of the drivers were taking the competition very seriously with each keen to win overall. As it was, the main Sime Racing team dragged the kart into contention for the overall win, but with a couple of professional foul’s when the kart was hit into the tyres, Barry, David and Stuart finished an extremely close third, with ironically one of the ex SRE Motorsport/Sime Racing drivers just taking the win. Morrison’s kart meanwhile was not too far behind rounding out the top five, with the two amateur drivers in that team putting in a solid drive to aid Scott on his way.

Barry and the whole Sime Racing team are in the process of working on Morrison’s new racing project which will be announced in due course, but will see Scott move up the Motorsport ladder in 2008. Watch this space!