Dario Franchitti wins Scottish award for excellence

Bathgate's Dario Franchitti, who won the IndyCar Championship and Indy500 last year, walked away with the main award, the John Romanes Trophy, at the annual Scottish Motor Racing Club Awards in Edinburgh.

The gala event, held at the Sheraton Hotel at the weekend, was attended by almost 400 people, including Franchitti, Sir Jackie Stewart, Allan McNish and John Cleland.

Franchitti, partnered by his wife, Hollywood actress Ashley Judd, flew in to Scotland specifically to attend the event. The Scot received the trophy - awarded to the driver who has displayed "excellence in motorsport throughout his career" - for the second time, the first British driver to do so.