Wednesday | 08 Apr 2020

Ex-champion joins Coronavirus fight

Former ladies world champion Louise Aitken-Walker has taken to the wheel to help medical staff in Scotland in their battle to beat the Covid-19 virus.

The 1990 FIA Ladies’ Cup winner has volunteered to drive key workers and medical supplies in her native Scottish Borders region.

She told radio station Clyde 1: “I think this Coronavirus is evil and I just want to help as much as I can.

“We’re all worried about our families, our employees, our friends and I think I can give a lot to this service by driving a doctor or nurse, or any key workers. When they get in the car, they can switch off or do some work, it takes the pressure off them.”

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Aitken-Walker won her title at the wheel of an Opel Kadett GSi with class wins at Rallye Monte-Carlo, Rally New Zealand, Rally Australia, the Sanremo Rally and the RAC Rally.

The Scot and co-driver Tina Thorner knew all about the importance of the emergency services when they crashed their Opel off the side of a mountain during the Rally of Portugal. After rolling down the mountain, the car went roof-first into a lake. Both emerged unscathed.

“I like to drive,” continued Aitken-Walker, twice a Coupe des Dames winner at Rallye Monte-Carlo. “I always have done. I’m willing to drive anybody, anywhere at any time. I just feel for some families. It’s just a horrible time and we’ve all got to do our very best.

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“I would love to give something back to the NHS (Britain’s health service supplier) because I think they’re wonderful and they’ve served me well in my rally career. Working together we will beat this virus. Heed the advice and keep safe,” she added.