CHAMPION racing driver Gordon Shedden recently returned to where his career started – his local radio-controlled car track.

Dunfermline District Radio Car Club was awarded a lottery grant to upgrade the grass track to an all-weather astroturf surface in Cardenden.

DDRCC has been racing model cars since the 70’s, and Shedden came back to his old club to cut the ribbon and officially open the new venue.

“It was a great start to motorsport where I used to race with my dad and it was a great journey to touring cars”, Gordon had said during the opening ceremony.

“It’s a buzz to see the next generation of kids coming through."

There were 85 r/c cars booked in for a scorching opening day for the newly completed track.

“Gordon couldn’t have done more for the club today,” said race director David Mclean.

“He was reminiscing with current club members that raced with him back in the 90’s, and happy to pose for pictures with everyone there.

"A tremendous ambassador for his team and the sport.”

Gordon joined in the racing and showed he still has the skills with the miniature cars.

Stacey Minski commented: “I also race every Sunday with my Dad, and enjoy the bonding racing brings. We have made many friends over the years!”

It was so hot during the day, club secretary Alan McIntosh was sent out to pick up ice-creams for all racers and spectators.

The National Lottery representative, Corne, also took to the rostrum with her daughter.

“What fun we had today! It’s great to see people outside socialising and having a good time," she said.

Trophies were presented to the under 15’s racers; the two-wheel drive category was won by Jack Martin, and in the four-wheel drive category winner was Blake Auld.

Club Chairman Derek Kerr wished to thank all of the volunteers for putting the track together over the winter months and for all the racers attending to make the club a success.

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