MOTORSPORT: TWO of motorsport's greatest heroes have been honoured by the main office and administration building at the Oulton Park circuit in Cheshire being renamed the Fogarty Moss Centre.
Motorbike racing legend Carl Fogarty and four-wheel hero Stirling Moss are, of course, the stars concerned.
Four-time World Superbike Champion Fogarty was at the historic venue to officially open the newly-named Fogarty Moss Centre before the fourth round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship.
Lancashire-born Fogarty made his racing debut at his local circuit Oulton Park and was a regular race winner there in national level bike racing, before stepping up into the world championship in 1991.
Sir Stirling Moss is a name synonymous with Oulton Park's glowing history in motor-sport. He won the first-ever Oulton Park Gold Cup in 1955 - having started from the back of the grid in a Maserati 250F which only arrived from the factory in Italy that morning - and went on to win five Gold Cup titles in all, a record which has not been surpassed to this day.
MotorSport Vision chief executive Jonathan Palmer said: 'I feel strongly this important building at Oulton Park should be associated with a leading rider and driver for whom the circuit was significant.
'Not only is Carl from the North West but I am delighted that Oulton was a circuit that was not only his local venue but one that he loved. Stirling, meanwhile, won the first-ever Oulton Park Gold Cup and went on to win five in all!'
Fogarty said: 'It is an honour and a privilege to have such an impressive facility named after you and at a track that means so much to me.
'I had my first go at racing here in 1983. 'I guess Sir Stirling Moss is my equivalent on four wheels so it is also great to be associated with him.'
MANCHESTER United star Ryan Giggs made his motor racing debut when he tested a Smartnav SEAT Cupra Championship Leon Cupra R at Oulton Park.
It was the first time the 31-year-old Welsh international had driven a racing car on a circuit, yet he was soon up to full speed in the 150mph SEAT.
The test was organised for A Question of Sport, in which Giggs appeared in the mystery guest round as a pit lane mechanic who takes over the driving after a pit stop from 2001 British Touring Car Champion Jason Plato.
But he was equally recognisable in a crash helmet and overalls and the panel had little trouble guessing his identity.