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£13k funding boost for motorsport festival

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By Benjamin Johnstone

A MOTORCYCLE event which is staged in Dumfries and Galloway has received a wheelie generous amount of funding.

Drumlanrig Off-Road Motorsport Festival takes place every June at Drumlanrig Castle and has now secured over £13,000 from EventScotland’s National Programme fund.

VisitScotland director of events Paul Bush OBE said: “We are delighted to be supporting these events through our National Events Programme to extend their reach, expand their offering and enhance the visitor experience.”

Running from June 18-21 this year, the family friendly event includes a variety of disciplines within motorsport, such as flat-field motocross and off road bike trails. The festival has welcomed high profile names from the sport over the years with four time motocross world champion Heikki Mikkola being in attendance as a guest of honour during the 2019 festivities. The new funding will be spent enhancing the spectator experience by improving accessibility.

Festival organiser Kenny Harper said: “We would like to say a massive thank you to EventScotland for their support of the Drumlanrig Off-Road Motorsport Festival 2020. With funding from the National Events Programme we can expand the event to include more family friendly attractions, creating a festival atmosphere and raising the profile of our event in Scotland and Europe.”

He added: “This support enables us to attract a much wider demographic, helping to promote motorsport within the grounds of the spectacular Drumlanrig Castle, in the heart of Dumfries and Galloway.”

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