David Leslie Super Touring Car Festival

Back to August 2018
John Cleland on the grid before race 2.

This was a two-day race meeting with the annual visit of the Super Touring Cars, and the meeting also remembered that fine Scottish driver David Leslie, who sadly left us in 2008. David was a winner in single seaters, where he started his long car racing career in motorsport. He won the Scottish Formula Ford Championship in 1978 and progressed on to FF2000 and Formula Atlantic, more powerful cars with wings and slicks. He started a long international sportscar career after this, and drove at Le Mans over a dozen times, notably for Ecurie Ecosse in their C2 racer. He went on to BTC fame and won 9 BTC races, being runner-up in the Championship in 1999 when driving for Nissan. David was also an honorary member of the SMRC, and I was very pleased to award him this at our annual dinner and awards ceremony, when I was Chairman of the club, back in 2007. David and his father also mentored many leading Scottish drivers, including Allan McNish and David Coulthard.

Each year we also have a David Leslie Trophy FF race, and this year it was at the August meeting. David’s widow Jane was at Knockhill to present the trophy, and we thank Jane and her son Graham for their continued support.

The race meeting had mainly qualified on Saturday, but 5 races were also run in the afternoon. On Sunday there were a couple of qualifying sessions and then 15 more races were run. So well done to all competitors, marshals and officials as the meeting ran smoothly, and it stayed dry. Most classes had 3 races as the extra meeting time allowed this, only the Super Tourers did 2 races, but they were longer.

- Kevin Pick