Stonehaven racer scores share of £24,000 of support

Stonehaven racer Darren Ross with PDMS group's Mark Lunney (Picture Graham Dargie)
Stonehaven racer Darren Ross with PDMS group's Mark Lunney (Picture Graham Dargie)

Stonehaven’s Darren Ross received a share of £24,000 from Aberdeen based PD&MS Group.

Darren along with three other local rising stars have been given the funding to help them further realise their sporting ambitions across national and global competitions.

The racer received a share of the donation from the company as he heads toward a busy period of his sporting calendar for 2015. Fellow motorbike racer Angus Mearns and golfers Kris Nicol and Michele Thomson, all from the north east of Scotland also collected cash.

The funding will allow him to move up from ‘clubman’ status to competing in the Scottish Superbike Championship over the past two years.

The 31-year old said: “Having this sponsorship makes a major difference to how I approach the race season. Back in 2013, I only managed to attend around half the events I wanted to because costs can be so high. Last summer, with the support of PD&MS, I was able to attend the entire Scottish competition round.”

The workshop manager from Stonehaven dedicates his free time to competitive racing across Scotland and is now setting his sights on UK-wide competitions.

He added: “Sponsorship means I am able to set myself higher targets and achieve more than if I was funding each race myself. Everything from transporting my bike, to keeping tyres on it costs money so with PD&MS’s support I can stay focused on racing at my best, rather than the costs around it.”

PD&MS Group’s projects director Mark Lunney said: “Backing these talented local sports people as they move closer to their ultimate sporting dreams is something that we are very proud to be involved in. We are fully committed to supporting like-minded people who show such determination, ambition and ability in their chosen fields. We wish them all the very best of luck in achieving their goals this season, and beyond.”