09 Aug: Grampian – Entry List

 Voyonic Grampian Forest Rally, Sat 13 Aug 2022 …  

Rd6 (of 8) 2022 KNC Groundworks Scottish Rally Championship …

There’s much at stake on this weekend’s Voyonic Grampian Forest Rally. The rally counts towards both the KNC Groundworks Scottish Rally Championship and the MS UK British Rally Championship and it looks as though most of the front running contenders will be there.

Michael Binnie currently tops the Scottish points tables (143 pts) but rapidly catching up is one David Bogie Esq (112) as Michael is counting only two maximum point scores while David has three after his non-finish in the Scottish. There’s no Scott Macbeth this weekend (99) but both Mark McCulloch and Hugh Brunton share 4th place in the points standings (98 each) so there is still much to be decided as competitors count their best 6 scores from the 8 round series. That means, after this weekend those who have scored on all six rounds so far will have to start dropping scores. Game still on!

There’s a similar situation in the British Championship where Keith Cronin leads after three rounds having taken an early 11 point lead (61 pts) over Osian Pryce (50) with third placed James Williams well behind (33) and our own Garry Pearson is 4th (30). Osian is the man on form having won two of the rounds so far as against Keith’s single win, but crews count only their best 5 scores from the 7 rounds so this weekend might just open up the title chase, or maybe not!

Although there is a healthy entry of 86 cars and crews from a’pairts, there’s only 13 from Britain’s senior rally championship. Maybe they’re scared of the ghosties and ghoulies in the glens. Even so, they start with a distinct advantage over the domestic crews as they are allowed to recce the stage beforehand and make their own Notes. So remember that when perusing final results.

Nevertheless,  a hugely entertaining battle in the forests is in prospect

Spectator Info (with maps and instructions) here: https://www.grampianforestrally.com/where-to-watch

Entry List
 No / Driver / Co-Driver / Town / Town / Make & Model / Class 
1, Osian Pryce/ Noel O'Sullivan (Machynlleth/Killarney) Volkswagen Polo GT R5, BRC1 
2, Keith Cronin/Mikie Galvin (Bantry/Killarney) Volkswagen Polo, BRC1 
3, David Bogie/John Rowan (Dumfries/Portglenone) Ford Fiesta Rally2, Pro4 
4, Elliot Payne/Patrick Walsh (Harrogate/Aberystwyth) Ford Fiesta Rally2, BRC1 
5, Garry Pearson/Dale Furniss (Duns/Llanfyllin) Ford Fiesta Rally2, BRC1 
6, David Henderson/Chris Lees (Oakenshaw/Glasgow) Ford Fiesta Rally2, Pro4 
7, Michael Binnie/Claire Mole (Cornhill On Tweed/Duns) Mitsubishi Lancer Evo9, M7 
8, James Williams/Dai Roberts (Newcastle Emlyn/Carmarthen) Hyundai i20 R5, BRC1 
9, Jason Tauber Pritchard/Phil Clarke (Builth Wells/Church Stretton) VW Polo R5, BRC1 
10, Jock Armstrong/Cameron Fair (Stewarton/Stewarton) 
11, Ruairi Bell/Max Freeman (London/Tywyn) Skoda Fabia R5, BRC1 
12, Bruce McCombie/Michael Coutts (Banchory/Torphins) Ford Focus, Pro4 
14, John Wink/Neil Shanks (Huntly/Elgin) Hyundai i20 R5, Pro4 
15, Mark McCulloch/Michael Hendry (Dumfries/Aberlour) Proton Satria Evo, M7 
16, Hugh Brunton/Drew Sturrock (Arbroath/Brechin) Ford Fiesta R5, Pro4 
17, Angus Lawrie/Paul Gribben (Castle Douglas/Annan) Mitsubishi Evo9 , M7 
18, Scott Beattie/Peredur Davies (Alford/Pwllheli) Mitsubishi Evo7, M7 
19, William Paterson/Tom Hynd (Strathaven/Inverbervie) Mitsubishi Evo9, M7 
20, Andy Davies/Michael Gilbey (Lampeter/Betws Bledrws) Ford Fiesta R5, BRC1 
21, Chris Collie/Ricky Finlayson (Aberdeen/Inverness) Mitsubishi Evo9, M7 
22, Alan Carmichael/Arthur Kierans (Ballymoney/Monaghan) Hyundai R5, Pro4 
23, Michael O'Brien/Claire Williams (St Albans/Ammanford) Ford Focus WRC, BRC1 
24, Robert Adamson/Jamie Edwards (Kilmarnock/Wrexham) Ford Fiesta Rally2, Pro4 
25, Scott McCombie/Murray Strachan (Banchory/Inverurie) Mitsubishi Lancer Evo6, M7 
26, Eamonn Kelly/Conor Mohan (Drumbarron/Ballinode) Ford Fiesta Rally4, BRC4 
27, Kyle White/Sean Topping (Belfast/Banbridge) Peugeot 208 Rally4, BRC4 
28, Simon Hay/Calum Jaffray (Aberdeen/Torphins) Mitsubishi Evo6, M6 
29, Stephen Dickson/TBC (Omagh /TBC) Ford Fiesta R5, Pro4 
30, Johnnie Mulholland/Eoin Treacy (Randalstown/Killeagh) Ford Fiesta Rally4, BRC4 
31, Ioan Lloyd/Sion Williams (Llandysul/Blaenau Ffestiniog) Peugeot 208 R4, BRC4 
32, John Rintoul/Ross Hynd (Lower Largo/Prestwick) Ford Fiesta R5, Pro4 
33, Peter Stewart/Harry Marchbank (Dumfries/Dumfries) Peugeot 208, Pro2 
34, Stuart Egglestone/Brian Hodgson (Penrith/Penrith) Ford Escort, H1 
35, Steve Bannister/Callum Atkinson (Malton/Lauder) Ford Escort Mk2, H2 
36, Kevin Crawford/Andrew Stevenson (Alford/Grantown on Spey) Mitsubishi, Evo9, M7 
37, Ashley Dickson/TBC (Omagh/TBC) Ford Fiesta Rally2, Pro4 
38, John Crawford/Josh Davison (Lanark/Melrose) Ford Escort Mk2, M4 
39, Stuart Irvine/Marc Irvine (Erskine/Bishopton) Hyundai Accent WRC, Pro4 
40, Keith Riddick/Mairi Riddick (Haugh of Urr/Dumfries) MG ZR, M2 
41, Gordon Murray/Michael Cruickshank (Perth/Crieff) Ford Escort Mk2, M5 
42, Allan McDowall/Mark Casey (Tarbolton/York) Ford Escort Mk2, M5 
43, Paddy Munro/Dave O'Brien (Kyle/Duns) Ford Escort Mk2, M4 
44, Paul McErlean/Niall McKenna (Bellaghy/Moneymore) Ford Escort Mk2, M5 
45, David Wilson/Micheal Moates (Alness/Aberdeen) BMW Compact, M5 
46, Tom Coughtrie/Ian Fraser (Ayr/Aros, Isle of Mull) Ford Fiesta R5, Pro4 
47, Matthew Thomson/Ian Graham (Inverurie/Inverurie) Subaru GC8, C5 
48, William Mains/Emily Easton-Page (Llandysul/Finzean) Vauxhall Corsa, C1 
49, Jim Robertson/Mike Curry (Thornhill/Thornhill) Ford Escort Mk2, H2 
50, Mike Moates/Gary McDonald (Udny Green/Aberdeen) Subaru Impreza, C5 
51, Robert Proudlock/Steven Brown (Dumfries/Fort William) Vauxhall Adam, M2 
52, Justin Gunning/Steven Clark (Lanark/Conway) Ford Fiesta R2, M2 
54, Scott Peacock/Craig Wallace (Castle Douglas/Westmuir) MG ZR, M2 
55, Graeme Sherry/Ewan Lees (Gartcosh/Glasgow) Opel Manta 400, C3 
56, Darren McDonald/Sarah Young (Elgin/Elgin) Subaru Impreza, C5 
57, Craig Smith/Charles Mackenzie (Tweedbank/Alexandria) Vauxhall Astra, C3 
58, Richard Stewart/Carin Tait-Logan (Dumfries/Kelso) Peugeot 208, Pro2 
59, Aileen Forrest/John Forrest (Inverurie/Inverurie) Mitsubishi Evo9, M7 
60, Donald Brooker/Tony Booth (Ballater/Inverbervie) Subaru Legacy RS, H2 
61, Dougal Brown/Lewis Rochford (Forres/Keith) Ford Escort Mk2, M4 
62, Thomas Rapson/Michael Sutherland (Helmsdale/Thurso) Subaru Impreza, C5 
63, Ernie Lee/Patricia Lee (Ellon/Ellon) BMW 325i, H2 
64, Neil Philip/Ian Philip (Alves/Muchalls) Subaru Impreza, C5 
65, Rhuaridh Campbell/Shaina Archibald (Glenmoriston/Invermoriston) Chrysler Sunbeam, M4 
66, John Brownie/Daniel Christie (Inverurie/Turriff) Opel Kadett C, C3 
67, Hugo MacMillan/Arthur MacMillan (Langbank/Langbank) Ford Escort Mk1 RS1600, H1 
68, David McLeod/Eamonn Boyle (Mauchline/Kilmarnock) Chrysler Sunbeam, H1 
69, Jim McDowall/Shona Hale (Creetown/Dunfermline) Ford Escort Mk2, M4 
70, Colin Patterson/Gary Clark (Urquart/Alness) Ford Escort Mk2, C3 
71, Orrin McDonnell/Eoghan Anderson (Staffin/Methven) Subaru Impreza, M6 
72, Martyn Erskine/Kieran Hyslop (Stranraer/Stranraer) Peugeot 206 Cup, C2 
73, Iain Urquhart/Michael Mackenzie (Inverness/Inverness) Mitsubishi Evo5, C5 
74, Ashleigh Morris/Martin Haggett (Dollar/Rugby) Ford Fiesta R200, M2 
75, Alan Wallace/Martin Forrest (Aberdeen/Aberdeen) Mitsubishi Lancer Evo7, C5 
76, Jimmy Jack/John Shepheard (Conon Bridge/Elgin) Talbot Sunbeam, M4 
77, Ian Milne/Sandy Milne (Brechin/Brechin) Ford Escort Mk2, H2 
78, Chris Baillie/Brian Foggo (Kyle of Lochalsh/Inverness) Peugeot 205 Gti, C2 
79, Robert Tonge/James Hudson (Elgin/Insch) MG ZR, C1 
80, Meghan O'Kane/John O'Kane (Kyle/Kyle) Ford Fiesta, M2 
81, Cameron Black/John Jack (Inverurie/Inverness) Mazda 323 Turbo 4x4, C5 
83, David Sutherland/Danny Sutherland (Brora/Brora) Peugeot 205, C2 
84, Greg Grant/Emma Cooper (Alness/Malvern) Ford Focus ST, C3 
85, Terry Smith/Kenny Foggo (Inverness/Munlochy) Suzuki Swift, M2 
86, Gareth Dalgliesh/Kenneth Dalgliesh (Turriff/Turriff) Subaru Impreza, C5 
87, Gordon Robertson/Raj Jutley (Doune/Nairobi) Ford Escort, C3 
88, Murray Mackay/Andrew Macaskill (Rogart/Wick) Skoda Fabia, C1 
89, Graeme Morrison/Kyle Morrison (Fraserburgh/Fraserburgh) Ford Escort Mk2, M4 
 
Class
C1 - SRC Clubman category Two Wheel Drive cars up to 1450cc.     
C2 - SRC Clubman category Two Wheel Drive cars from 1451cc to 1650cc.     
C3 - SRC Clubman category Two Wheel Drive cars from 1651cc to 2050cc     
C4 - SRC Clubman category Two Wheel Drive cars over 2051cc.     
C5 - SRC Clubman category Four wheel drive cars.     
M1 - SRC Modified category Two wheel drive cars up to 1450cc.     
M2 - SRC Modified category Two wheel drive cars from 1451cc up to 1650cc (includes any FIA homologated R2 car (naturally aspirated only) and non-homologated forced induction cars up to 1000cc ).     
M3 - SRC Modified category Two wheel drive cars from 1651cc up to 2050cc (includes any FIA homologated R3 car (naturally aspirated only) and non-homologated forced induction cars from 1001cc up to 1600cc).     
M4 - SRC Modified category Rear Wheel drive cars from 1651cc up to 2050cc.     
M5 - SRC Modified category Two wheel drive cars over 2051cc.     
M6 - SRC Modified category Four wheel drive cars not classified in Class M7 or Pro4, without a sequential gearbox (including previously FIA homologated Group N four wheel drive cars). Includes any FIA homologated Rally 3 car.     
M7 - SRC Modified category Four wheel drive cars homologated in the following classes, or previously homologated as such, providing these run as per their homologation papers: FIA Homologated Group A Four Wheel Drive cars, FIA Homologated Super 2000 cars FIA Homologated R4 cars All Metro 6R4s     
H1 - All Historic category 1 and 2 cars. Historic category 3 cars with single cam engines Historic category 4 cars up to 1600cc.     
H2 - Historic category 3 cars with multicam engine. Historic category 4 cars over 1601cc in compliance with R49.1.5.     
Pro4 - SRC Pro Category FIA Homologated Rally1/WRC cars and cars previously homologated as such and FIA Homologated Rally2/R5 cars and any derivative thereof including RHD conversions.     
Pro2 - SRC Pro Category FIA homologated Rally4/R2T cars, FIA homologated R3T cars and cars previously homologated as such and any derivative thereof including right hand conversions.     
BRC1 - Cars competing in and complying with BRC regulations for Class BRC1     
BRC2 - Cars competing in and complying with BRC regulations for Class BRC3.     
BRC4 - Cars competing in and complying with BRC regulations for Class BRC4 and Junior BRC.     
BRC5 - All cars competing in and complying with BRC regulations for Class BRC5.      

05 Aug: RSAC Rally – Classes C1-M6

… Dumfries & Galloway RSAC Scottish Rally, Sat 23 July 2022 …  

Rd5 (of 8) 2022 KNC Groundworks Scottish Rally Championship

Class Roundup

C1

Niall Cowan and Chris Wareham won the class in their MG 3 but only 30 seconds behind was the MG ZR of Robert Tonge and Sean Newlands but they may well have taken the class win was it not for an inadvertent trip into a ditch on SS5 which cost them half a minute! They also had trouble with alternators and were on their third by close of play. Even so, Niall was lucky because a fuel pipe came off the car, but did he fix it himself? Nope: “I shouted on Junior (Niall Cowan Jnr) to come over and fix it, and he did the job in two minutes!” Good lad. He also managed to spin and hit a tree stump and blamed a tyre coming off the rim.

C2

Martyn Erskine and Kieran Hyslop were in charge of Class C2 all the way in their Peugeot 206 Cup car despite a “moment of over exuberance” which took out the FF boards at the finish of the final stage. The laid back approach of Donald Peacock and Mark Roberts was still fast enough to catch a car with Donald complaining that in doing so a stone smashed a front headlight in his second placed Peugeot 205. More expense! Veteran John Midgley and Geoff Maybank were third but having to nurse a troublesome and noisy gearbox in the Toyota Corolla with Bryan and Scott Gourlay bringing up the rear in their 205 although Bryan might have a limp for day or two. Scott stabbed his father in the leg with his pencil for messing up the last hairpin in the final stage going broadside on and nearly tipping over. No respect for his elders, eh?

C3

Graeme Sherry and Ewan Lees were the sole starters and finishers and therefore won their class despite Graeme’s attempts not to do so as he continued his usual trick of leaving bits of Opel Manta strewn around the countryside! So if you find a headlamp lying in the bushes somewhere, you’ll know where it came from.

C5

if you think Donald Peacock is laidback, then a quick peek inside the Subaru of Mike Moates and Gary McDonald will confirm that nothing strenuous ever happens inside here either! They won the class helped by the departure of Jordan Anderson and John Shepherd whose Subaru retired with engine failure in SS4.

M2

Things were fairly close in this class although Keith and Mairi Riddick had it all under control – nearly! They actually finished a superb 16th o/a despite a broken exhaust manifold which almost scuppered their chances but they managed to get it fixed at service and won the class with a 23 second lead in their MG ZR over the Peugeot 208 of the Sloan brothers, Scott and David, whose new approach is paying off “calm down and get a finish is our new resolution!”. In fact they’ve finished every rally they have started this year. In third place, less than half a minute behind was the Vauxhall Adam of Robert Proudlock and Steven Brown also scoring top Junior points in the SRC series. On only his fifth rally, the youngster is learning fast although Steven was heard to comment: “He was all over the place and drove like a fanny on the first stage – and I co-drove like a fanny on the last stage slowing him down too much!” More used to tarmac events, and despite three punctures, Barry Lindsay and Caroline Lodge were 4th in class in the Peugeot 206 Cup car and he finished the rally unable to speak because his mouth was full: “I only get chocolate if I finish!” Niall Cowan Jr and Callum Shanks were 5th in the MG ZR ahead of the Fiesta R2 of Liam Clark and Ben Wild who uttered just one word at the finish “Brilliant”. Newcomer Justin Gunning and Steven Clark had a disappointing day only managing 7th in class in their Fiesta R2 after a double puncture in SS4, but still managed to finish ahead of the MG ZR of Scott Peacock and Craig Wallace. Ashleigh Morris and Martin Haggett would have done better than 9th but for a puncture in the Fiesta R200 on SS5. They stopped to look, but decided to carry on and change the wheel on the road section. Meghan and John O’Kane were 10th in the Fiesta 1600 which had no 1st or 2nd gear although having no brakes was more concerning: “It’s very skitey out there,” said Meghan. They also lost more time in the final stage when the windscreen misted up in the rain – or maybe the ol’man was just wheezing too much! However, the strangest tale concerns a baby rabbit. Meghan said she stopped in a stage because she didn’t want to run over the wee thing which was lost in the middle of the road – apparently her cold hearted Dad was raging!!

M4

“The speed I was going, you don’t get punctures,” said class winners John Crawford and his sister Karen MacLeod as the Escort Mk2 finished almost a minute clear of the similar car of Paul Thompson and Josh Davison with Paul admitting: “The RSAC Scottish was my first rally four years ago – and I crashed on the first stage!” Honour redeemed, eh? Paddy Munro and Dave O’Brien were 3rd in the Escort which blew a wiper fuse – when it rained. Still putting a clutch in at 5am on the morning of the rally, Jim and Charlotte McDowall survived arriving at the FF of the last stage too quickly with the Escort finishing 5th just ahead of the Sunbeam of Rhuaridh Campbell and Shaina Archibald.

M5

“A puncture 5 miles from the end of the final stage ruined my best result of the year,” said  disappointed Gordon Murray with Michael Cruickshank as the Escort dropped out of the top 15 but he still won the class from Simon and Tom Pickard despite a rather inelegant finish to their day in the Escort. “The driver’s side windscreen wiper stopped working and I had to lean across Tom to see out his side!” said Simon, who was also under orders from his Dad to ensure that he finished. He pointed out Pickard Snr, and I quickly understood. He’s a big bloke. Sadly Michael Sawyer and Gareth Price had to retire the 2.3 litre Datsun Sunny with fuel feed problems, but it looked pretty quick when it was going.

M6

Orrin McDonnell and Eoghan Anderson were the only starters and finishers in this class with their Subaru although they did have trouble adjusting the brake balance in the car and had a “dodgy” balljoint to nurse.

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