Motoring champion jailed over assault

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A FORMER World motoring champion has been jailed for 12 months for an ‘explosion of violence’ outside a Skegness fast food shop.

Champion stock car driver Alistair Strachan was sentenced to 12 months at Lincoln Crown Court on Friday after admitting being involved in a serious assault on August 21.

Strachan, who won the World Masters title in 2006 and the 2009 Scottish Open, got involved in the fight while at Skegness for the World Championships last summer.

The star driver was caught on CCTV cameras kicking and stamping on the heads of two men as they lay apparently unconscious on the ground following a mass brawl.

Phil Howes, prosecuting, told the court that a number of people were involved in the fighting during the early hours of the morning.

Mr Howes said “It was an explosion of violence which lasted about 30 seconds.

“Strachan delivered two kicks and one stamp to one of the males.

“There was one kick and one stamp to a second male.

“The kick was delivered with some force. It was like he was kicking a football.”

Strachan was eventually ushered away from the scene by a female before security staff from a nearby venue restored order.

Both the injured men were taken to hospital but neither chose to make a formal complaint despite being seen by police.

Strachan, 29, of Scalloway Park, Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, admitted affray on August 21.

Judge Michael Heath told him “Others were involved in this and you joined them.

“When these two men were on the ground and in no position to defend themselves you kicked one of them twice and stamped on his head and you kicked the other and stamped on his head.

“If you kick somebody to the head you can kill them. In these circumstances there can be only one sentence. It has to be custody.”

David Eager, defending, said Strachan had been drinking heavily after being left devastated following the death of his brother in June last year.

“He came to Skegness to take part in stock car racing. The World Championships were being staged at Orby Stadium.

“He has a real talent for that sport and for the machines that go with it.. He was World Masters Champion in 2006. His trouble has been his long term drink problem. He has a drink addiction.”