Truckin’ all the way to the British GT Championship. That’s the hope of Scots endurance racer Sandy Mitchell after he received backing from Forfar haulage company, Alan Davie.
Mitchell, the 20-year-old whose home town is also Forfar, is delighted to have added the support of another local company as he bids to build on his growing racing success.
“It’s always a privilege to receive the support and sponsorship of local companies,” Mitchell, who started the six-round, nine-race British GT Championship in his Lamborghini Huracan Evo GT3 with a class win and second overall at the opening round at Oulton Park, said. “And I’m delighted to have Alan Davie onboard for the 2020 season.”
With a fleet of 55 trucks operating out of its bases in Forfar and Dundee, and covering the whole of the UK, Alan Davie will have its branding on Mitchell’s racesuit and car.
And Ian Davie, director at Alan Davie, explained he and the company were delighted to build on the longstanding relationship the two families have.
“Both the Mitchell and Davie families have known each other and worked together for many years, stretching back to the Seventies,” Davie said. “And we both share the same hard work philosophy.
“Our family has worked hard over the years to build the transport fleet from five to 55 lorries, and now we’re delighted to support the hard work, effort, commitment and talent Sandy is displaying in his professional motorsport career.”
Alan Davie, which serves a wide swathe of British industry including the retail, industrial, manufacturing, agricultural and electronics sectors, is also a member of The Pallet Network. It now delivers up to 320 pallets a day around the north of Scotland.
In its infancy, Alan Davie was also responsible for transporting chickens for the Mitchell’s family firm, Joseph Mitchell (Letham), which was sold in 2007.
Now though, Sandy Mitchell, personally backed by Huntly-based Black Bull Scotch Whisky, is blazing a new career in motorsport.
Already the youngest-ever race winner in the British GT, a feat he achieved at Snetterton in 2016, aged 16 years 169 days, Mitchell has also won races in the USA and Europe, including the prestigious Silver Cup at last year’s ultra-competitive Spa 24-Hours.
Recently inducted into the British Racing Drivers’ Club’s elite SuperStars programme, Mitchell is also part of the Lamborghini Squadra Corse GT3 Junior Program.
He is partnered in British GT this year by British Touring Car Championship veteran Rob Collard. Mitchell is also competing in the inaugural GT World Challenge Europe, again driving a Lamborghini.