A TEENAGE motorsport enthusiast aims to become Scotland’s number one rally driver.

Dan Hurst (15), from West Woodburn, started rally driving when he was six years old despite having to cling on to the steering wheel and stand up to press the clutch and change gear.

Fast forward nine years, and success enjoyed this year has inspired Dan to target number one rank in Scotland next season.

His father, Malcolm, said: “The rallies take place throughout the UK, and due to the early start times, we’re often up in the middle of the night to travel three or four hours,” Malcolm said.

“The MSA rallies are very competitive and are great for improving the performance of young rally drivers.”

After developing a love of Go Karting at a young age, Dan soon beat track records at every centre he visited. His parents rewarded him with a 50cc buggy and since then he’s never slowed down.

On his 14th birthday his father, Malcolm, gifted him a rally experience day at a top UK track, and his success this year has inspired Dan to target number one rank in Scotland next season.

Malcolm said: “The instructor in the car with Dan soon realised he had the potential to go further and recommended he took his rally test.”

Dan travelled to Manchester with his father where he was put through a stringent set of tests in order to gain his licence. The process involved him taking a test, a theory test and then three auto tests.

With a rally licence and a Peugeot 107 car to his name, he soon started travelling around the UK rally circuit to compete. Dan’s progress can be followed on Facebook at Dan Hurst Motorsport.