… Dunoon Presents Argyll Stages Rally, 24/25 June …
Rd04 – KNC Groundworks Motorsport UK Scottish Rally Championship
It’s over 50 years since rally drivers first discovered the delights – and horrors – of Argyll when the first Burmah Castrol Rally took to the forests in 1970 whilst some drivers and co-drivers also had to endure the added ‘appeal’ of vertigo where forest roads hugged the contours of hills, glens and mountains.
It’s all so different now, where once the forests would welcome the arrival of rally cars, the sport is being ever so gently squeezed out in favour of other pursuits and pastimes. But Mull Car Club seized the day, and rallying is back in Argyll. After a hugely successful debut last year, this year’s Dunoon Presents Argyll Stages Rally will be run on sections of closed public roads. And if anyone thought his would be much more kind to the human anatomy and physiology, they were in for a shock. Argyll’s tarmac roads are every bit as challenging as its forest roads.
As a counter in two National and two Regional championships plus one historic series, this year’s event has attracted one heck of an entry with more stars than the Milky Way, although it will be interesting to see how the front runners in the KNC Groundworks Scottish Championship will fare against the ‘foreign’ invasion from the Protyre Motorsport UK Asphalt Rally series.
As Round 4 of the Scottish series Dunoon also marks the half way point of this 7 round championship where David Bogie currently has a 2 point lead over Michael Binnie with Jock Armstrong a further 5 points behind.
Freddie Milne and Patrick Walsh head a full capacity 140 car entry in the absence of last year’s winners Meirion Evans and Jonathan Jackson, but it’s worth remembering that Milne was leading the rally and in line for outright victory till a penalty was applied for striking a chicane and he dropped to 3rd place. That should serve as a warning to this year’s competitors but also act as a spur to Freddie to win the one that got away!
The rally gets underway at 19.30 Hrs in Dunoon town centre on Friday evening 24th June with the first of four stages that evening and then re-starts on Saturday morning at 09.00 Hrs for a further eight stages before the Finish at Dunoon Stadium from 16.44 Hrs onwards.
Programmes will be available from the following outlets during the weekend 18/19 June:
Allsortz Dunoon, 97 Argyll Street, Dunoon
Croot’s Country Store, Holy Loch Marina, Sandbank
Strachur Filling Station, Main Road, Strachur
Cot House Services, Sandbank
Further Spectator Info on-line here:
Entry List: 1, Freddie Milne/ Patrick Walsh (Ford Fiesta R5) 11 2, David Bogie/Cameron Fair (Mini JCW WRC) 11 3, Daniel Harper/Chris Campbell (Mini JCW WRC) 11 4, Mark Kelly/Will Atkins (Ford Fiesta R5) 11 5, David Henderson/Chris Lees (Ford Fiesta R5) 11 6, Steve Wood/Dale Bowen (Ford Fiesta WRC) 11 7, Neil Roskell/Andrew Roughead (Ford Fiesta R5) 11 8, Michael Binnie/Claire Mole (Mitsubishi Evo9) 10 9, Wayne Sisson/Peredur Davies (Mitsubishi EvoX) 10 10, Darren Atkinson/Philip Sandham (Ford Escort Mk2) 8 11, Mark McCulloch/Michael Hendry (Proton Satria Evo) 10 12, Jonathan Mounsey/Richard Wardle (Ford Fiesta Rally2) 11 13, Rory Young/Allan Cathers (Ford Fiesta Rally2) 11 14, John Wink/Neil Shanks (Hyundai i20 R5) 11 15, John Stone/Tom Woodburn (VW Polo Gti R5) 10 16, Gordon Morrison/Hannah Mckillop (Ford Fiesta R5) 11 17, Barry Groundwater/Martin Forrest (Mitsubishi Evo6) 9 18, Stephen Thompson/Larry Higton (Ford Escort Mk2) 7 19, Greg McKnight/Calum MacPherson (Ford Escort Mk2) 7 20, Angus Lawrie/Paul Gribben (Mitsubishi Evo9) 10 21, Joe Mckeand/Charlotte McDowall (Subaru Impreza) 10 22, Hugh Brunton/Drew Sturrock (Ford Fiesta R5) 11 23, John Morrison/Peter Carstairs (Ford Fiesta R5) 11 24, Richard Clews/Carl Williamson (Subaru STi) 10 25, Scott Macbeth/Daniel Forsyth (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo9) 10 26, Andy Scott/Laura Connell (Hyundai i20 R5) 11 27, Donnie MacDonald/Andrew Falconer (Ford Fiesta Rally2) 11 28, John Rintoul/Ross Hynd (Mini Countryman JCW WRC) 11 29, Robert Adamson/Mark Fisher (Ford Fiesta Rally2) 11 30, Mark Holmes/Mark Perryman (Ford Fiesta S2000) 10 31, Kevin Crawford/Andrew Stevenson (Mitsubishi Evo9) 10 32, William Paterson/Tom Hynd (Mitsubishi Evo9) 10 33, Steven Ormond-Smith/Dafydd Evans (Mitsubishi Evo9) 10 34, Peter Stewart/Harry Marchbank (Peugeot 208) 4 35, Will Rowlands/Rich Birch (Ford Escort Mk2) 5 36, Mike Moates/Gary McDonald (Subaru Impreza) 9 37, John Crawford/Josh Davison (Ford Escort Mk2) 7 38, Gordon Cunningham/Charley Sayer-Payne (Mitsubishi Evo) 10 39, Keir Beaton/Iain Thorburn (Subaru Impreza N12) 9 40, Stuart Irvine/Marc Irvine (Hyundai Accent WRC) 11 41, Steve Bannister/Callum Atkinson (Ford Escort Mk2) 5 42, Kev Dunn/Sean Douglas (Honda Civic) 6 43, Billy McLelland/Allan MacDougall (Mitsubishi Evo) 9 44, Paddy Munro/Dave O'Brien (Ford Escort) 4 45, Michael Harbour/Ian MacDougall (Ford Escort Mk2) 7 46, Andy Bird/Plug Pulleyn (Ford Escort Mk2) 8 47, Gerry Fitzelle/Mark Mason (Ford Escort Mk2) 8 48, David White/Mathew White (Subaru Impreza) 10 50, Gordon Murray/Steven Brown (Ford Escort Mk2) 8 51, Lee Hastings/Cole Hastings (Subaru Impreza) 10 52, James MacGillivray/Kerrie MacGillivray (Ford Escort Mk2) 8 53, Brian Watson/Sean Donnelly (Ford Escort Mk2) 7 54, Martin Hodgson/Tony Jones (Ford Escort Mk2) 8 55, Drew Gallagher/David Crosbie (Skoda Fabia) 10 56, Alasdair S Graham/Kenny McGuire (Mitsubishi Evo) 9 57, Chris Ford/Matt Daniels (Ford Fiesta Rally2) 11 58, Peter Jackson/Emily Easton-Page (Ford Escort Mk2) 8 59, Adrian Spencer/Mark Hewitt (Subaru Impreza) 10 60, Brad Cole/Jamie Vaughan (Ford Escort Mk2) 8 61, Oliver Hunter/Daniel May (Ford Escort Mk2) 7 62, Graham Muter/Colin Watson (Ford Escort) 3 63, Nathan Evans/Rhys Williams Edwards (Renault Clio Cup) 6 64, Matt Pierce/Harry Stubbs (Ford Escort Mk2) 7 65, Howard Price/Simon John Rogers (Mitsubishi Evo9) 10 66, Keith Riddick/Mairi Riddick (MG ZR) 3 67, Archie Swinscoe/Barry Young (Vauxhall Adam) 3 68, John Deegan/Colin Blunt (Subaru Justy) 3 69, Tim Johnson/Tony Walker (Honda Civic) 3 70, Jordan Anderson/Lewis Griffiths (Subaru Impreza) 9 71, Antony Allery/Mark Runciman (Ford Escort Mk2) 7 72, Jonathan Stepney/Aled Davies (Peugeot 205) 4 73, Gary Thomas/Linda Thomas (Ford Escort Mk2) 8 74, Geoff Roberts/Callum Young (Ford Escort RS1800) 5 75, Tommy Graham/Mark Pickering (Ford Fiesta R5 Proto) 10 76, Liam McMullan/Christopher McLaughlin (Honda Civic) 4 77, Chris Haigh/Sally Peacock (Ford Escort Mk1) 7 78, Mark Ewing/Owen Paterson (Subaru Impreza WRX B13) 4 79, Graeme Sherry/Ewan Lees (Opel Manta 400) 3 80, Carl Tuer/Paul Hudson (Renault Clio R3T) 8 81, Patrick Johnson/Kevin Bardon (Opel Kadett GT/E) 7 82, Sandy Arbuthnott/Ian Arbuthnott (Ford Focus STI) 9 83, Paul Doroszczuk /Julian E Doroszczuk (Ford Escort Mk2) 7 84, Richard Egger/Pat Egger (Vauxhall Nova) 6 85, Martin Page/Daniel Hurst (BMW MINI Cooper S) 8 86, Simon Hunter/Howard Pridmore (Vauxhall Corsa S1400) 1 87, Innes Mochrie/Kirsty Mochrie (Rover Metro) 1 88, Johnnie Mackay/Michael Cruickshank (Ford Fiesta ST) 6 89, Duncan MacLean/Chris Pedley (Peugeot 106 GTI) 3 90, Paul Miller/Mark Twiname (BMW Compact) 8 91, Drew Barker/Shona Hale (Vauxhall Corsa) 3 92, Fraser Smith/Ian Parker (Honda Civic) 3 93, Alistair Brearley/Gerry Bryden (Ford Escort Mk2) 7 94, Alister MacArthur/Chris Robertson (Talbot Sunbeam) 7 95, Ross Wasson/Aled Davies (Honda Civic) 3 96, Martin Crombie/Charles MacKenzie (Subaru Impreza) 9 97, Aileen Forrest/John Forrest (Mitsubishi Evo9) 10 98, Jan Budge/Bruce Lindsay (Subaru Impreza) 9 99, Bobby MacDonald/Ross Callander (Subaru Impreza) 9 101, Rhuaridh Campbell/Shaina Archibald (Chrysler Sunbeam) 7 102, Richard Stewart/Carin Tait-Logan (Peugeot 208) 6 103, Robert Proudlock/Lewis MacDougall (Vauxhall Adam) 3 104, Linzi Henderson/Shannon Turnbull (Ford Fiesta R2T) 6 105, Scott Murray/Katy Mashiter (Mitsubishi Evo7) 9 106, Calum Macleod/Laura Macleod (Ford Escort Mk2) 7 107, Justin Gunning/Stuart McBride (Ford Fiesta R2) 3 108, Jonathan MacDonald/Chris Wareham (Peugeot 306 Gti-6) 6 109, Gordon Chalmers/Steven Chalmers (Subaru Impreza) 9 110, Ewan Stanhope/Cameron Dunn (Vaxhall Corsa Maxi S1600) 3 111, Ernie Lee/Patricia Lee (BMW 325i) 5 112, John Procter/Robbie Vermeersch (Ford Escort) 7 113, Cameron Williamson/Michael Moates (Subaru Impreza) 9 114, David Mcleod/Eamonn Boyle (Chrysler Sunbeam) 5 115, Nigel Atkinson/Ian Murray (Ford Escort Mk2) 3 116, Kevin Jeffray/Linda Thomas (Toyota Corolla T Sport) 6 117, Jonathan Davies/Wayne Jones (Vauxhall Astra) 6 118, Donald McEwan/Ellis Flemming (Subaru Impreza WRX Turbo) 9 119, Nikki Addison/Rachel Matheson (Peugeot 106) 3 120, Ashleigh Morris/Martin Haggett (Ford Fiesta R200) 3 121, Meghan O'Kane/John O'Kane (Ford Fiesta) 3 122, Liam Richardson/Darren Kennedy (Peugeot 306) 6 123, Tom Howie/Morgan Redpath (Talbot Sunbeam Mopar) 2 124, Scott Gourlay/Roger Alcorn (Peugeot 205) 2 125, Steven Street/Robert Wood (Ford Escort Mk2) 7 126, Stuart Baillie/TBC (Subaru Impreza) 9 127, Graeme MacVicar/Andrew Forbes (Mitsubishi Evo6) 10 128, Orrin McDonnell/Eoghan Anderson (Subaru Impreza) 9 130, David Mclachlan/Adam Mclachlan (Renault Clio) 6 131, Dan Robinson/Dave Raw (Ford Fiesta) 6 132, Mark Simpson/Joanna Wilkinson (Nissan Micra) 1 133, Steven Black/Connor McIntyre Gardiner (Peugeot 205 GTI) 4 134, Clive King/Anton Bird (Austin Cooper S) 5 135, John Cressey/Martin Cressey (Austin Mini Cooper S) 1 136, Kenny Watt/Fraser McCurdie (Leyland Mini) 1 137, Ryan Taylor/Lucy Wilding (Austin Mini) 5 138, Gareth Frank/Tony 2 puds Vart (Vauxhall Firenza 2300) 5 139, George Bryson/Jacqueline Bryson (Ford Escort RS1600) 5 140, Stephen Hall/Aggie Foster (Triumph TR4) 5 141, Craig King/Russell Joseph (Morris Mini) 5 142, Andrew Jarman/Adrian Lloyd (Austin Mini) 5 Championships KNC Groundworks Motorsport UK Scottish Rally Championship Protyre Motorsport UK Asphalt Rally Championship SD34 MSG Stage Rally Championship AS Performance North of England Tarmacadam Rally Championship The HRCR Mini Sport Cup Classes 1, 2wd cars up to and inc 1450cc 2, 2wd cars 1451cc to 1650cc, 8 valves 3, 2wd cars 1451cc to 1650 cc, 16 valves 4, 2wd cars 1651cc to 2050cc, 8 valves 5, Historic Category 1, 2, 3, 4 & FIA Appendix K cars complying with the 2022 General Regulations of Motorsport UK 6, Fwd cars - 1651cc to 2050cc, more than 8 valves including R2T cars 7, Rwd cars - 1651cc to 2050cc, more than 8 valves 8, All 2wd cars over 2050cc including R3T cars 9, Any other 4wd car not classified in class 10 or 11 without a sequential gearbox (including previously FIA homologated GpN 4wd cars) 10, FIA Homologated GpA 4wd cars, FIA Homologated Super 2000 cars & FIA Homologated R4 cars, and any cars previously homologated as such, providing these run as per their homologation papers. All Metro 6R4s and any derivative therefrom. Any other 4wd car not classified in class 11 with a sequential gear 11, FIA Homologated WRC cars, cars previously homologated as such and FIA Homologated R5 cars. Any derivative therefrom.