Grapevine: Cleland to do Edinburgh commentary

Double British Touring Car champion and one of Scotland's most famous motor sport names John Cleland will be providing commentary for the crowd at the BTCC Edinburgh street display next week

Grapevine: Cleland to do Edinburgh commentary

The event, part of the famous Edinburgh Festival, will contain the series' top stars demonstrating their cars on a closed circuit in the centre of the Scottish capital next Thursday.

The event will preview the following weekend's Scottish round of the championship at Knockhill.

"The public appeal of an event like this will be tremendous - there'll be so much noise and razzamatazz to soak up," says Cleland. "People can watch the racing at Knockhill and get close to the cars in the paddock, but to see them performing in a city centre environment will be something else.

"It'll also be tremendous fun just to be a part of the event, let alone commentate on proceedings. The fact the BTCC is arriving during the city's Festivals period is a big bonus - the event pulls people from all over the world which means the BTCC will be playing to a completely new audience in Edinburgh."

The event begins at 19.00 on Thursday 31 August on Johnston Terrace, right by Edinburgh Castle. Some of the names expected to demonstrate cars include local hero Gordon Shedden, and former champions Matt Neal and Jason Plato.

The whole grid will also be signing autographs from 18.00 in the paddock area along Castle Terrace.

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