Mintlaw team test their ‘metal’ on TV

Craig (middle), Sarah and Jamie with the PP3D (Picture: BBC/Mentorn Media Scotland/Andrew Rae)
Craig (middle), Sarah and Jamie with the PP3D (Picture: BBC/Mentorn Media Scotland/Andrew Rae)

A Mintlaw team of engineers will test their metal on the new series of a relaunched television classic - Robot Wars.

Team PP3D will compete in the fourth episode of the steel crunching show, to be aired on the BBC Two at 8pm on August 14.

Team PP3D in the Robot Wars Arena (Picture: BBC/Mentorn Media Scotland/Andrew Rae)

Team PP3D in the Robot Wars Arena (Picture: BBC/Mentorn Media Scotland/Andrew Rae)

The team is captained by Gary Cairns, owner of Mintlaw company PlastiPrint3D, who won the last series of the show in 2004 as a teenager driving the Typhoon II robot.

He is joined by his fiancee Sarah Dennis, and friend Jamie McHarg as they put their robot PP3D to the test.

Gary said: “The format of the show has changed but I think the changes the changes have been very positive.

“The robots themselves are ridiculous in terms of the power they have - one thing for sure is that parts will fly.”

The PP3D team only had two months to build their robot after they were told that they were to be a part of the new series.

Gary said: “We got two months notice that it was going to happen.

“So from having absolutely nothing to wheeling a robot into the arena was about two months.”

Despite Robot wars not being on our screens for over a decade now Gary says there is still a huge amount of interest in the robot fighting, a scene Gary and teammate Jamie have been a large part of.

Gary said: “There was a bunch of guys who still had these robots lying about so we started own competitions.

“It started in car parks but now the live shows are in arenas.”

He added: “Me and Jamie have competed against each other and with each other for nearly a decade now.”

The new series of Robot Wars starts on BBC Two on July 24.

It will be hosted by Dara O’Brien and Angela Scanlon with Jonathan Pearce returning as commentator.

Craig is hoping that the new series of the show is a massive success as wants as second series to be commissioned.

He said: “ I want to get back in the ring.”