… RSAC Scottish Rally, Fri/Sat, 19/20 May …
With 2 wins from the opening two rounds, BRC points leader Fredrik Ahlin will have a big target on his back as he heads into Scotland this weekend for the Scottish Rally. Osian Pryce ran him close on the Pirelli till brake trouble intervened while Tom Cave was on the case till his Hyundai broke its suspension.
Top ‘home’ seed David Bogie hasn’t had much luck this year and didn’t have much luck on last year’s Scottish either when the radiator burst. All he needs is a clean run, witness his fastest stage times on the final day of the Pirelli!
Jock Armstrong is the only other Scot in the top ten but Euan Thorburn, Shaun Sinclair and Mike Faulkner will be running right behind him. Rory Young should go well on home turf. He harvests Christmas trees in this area so he has intimate topographical knowledge while Mark McCulloch, Greg McKnight and Iain Wilson are worth looking out for.
And then there is Donnie MacDonald. John Morrison scored his first National Rally Cup win on the Pirelli and now leads the series, so Donnie the Ditch will be out for revenge.
Spectating is limited, thanks to the new motor sport rules and guidelines so if you’re intending to watch two runs of the same stage best take a packed lunch and some drinks (and perhaps a copy of the ‘Observer’s Book of Trees’ to pass the time between runs) to save driving about the countryside looking for rally cars. On that basis the rally organisers have provided access to six stages to see the action.
Also, as ever, please take your litter home for proper disposal, and park sensibly at all times – the Galloway Polis will be out and about!
Friday 19th May:
Ceremonial Start: High Street in Dumfries at 7pm
The Prestone British Rally Championship contenders will assemble (from around 6.15pm) ahead of the traditional rally start in the town.
Spectator Stage: Mount Joe from 7.50pm and again from 8.50pm
British Rally Championship crews will contest a double run of the Mount Joe Stage in the Greskine Forest on the Friday evening as the gloamin darkens the landscape, and there will be two chances to see the action.
The Spectator Area is accessible from the B7067 which runs parallel with the A74, so look out for the green Spectator Arrows mid-way between the Greenhillstairs (B719) junction and the Moffat/Dumfries (A701) junction.
Saturday 20th May:
On Saturday, the ARR Craib Scottish Rally Championship contenders will join the fray and the full field of almost 100 cars will contest six stages (SS3 to SS8) on Saturday with the BRC contingent contesting the final two (SS9 and 10) at Ae:
The rally starts (and BRC crews re-start) from Lockerbie at 8.20am on Saturday morning
Spectator Stage: Castle O’er at 9.10am and again from 1.30pm:
The Spectator area is signposted from the B723, 4 miles south west of Eskdalemuir. Look out for the green arrows.
The Spectator area in Ae Forest will host two runs of the stage. The first run at 11.30am will feature the full field, while the second run at 4.15pm will be for British Rally Championship contenders only. Make your way to Ae village, 5 miles north of Dumfries just off the A701 and access to the forest is through the village past the Forestry Commission workshops following the green arrows.
Ceremonial Finish: Moffat from around 5pm
The town of Moffat will play host to the ceremonial finish for the British Rally Championship survivors at around 5pm for the traditional champagne shower. The High Street in Moffat is a broad avenue affair, but parking is limited in the area, so be careful!
There are a couple of good chippies in the town – beside the Balmoral Hotel and just off the Main Street in Church Street. And dinnae forget the Moffat Toffee shop! One visit and ye’ll be sookin’ for weeks.
National B Finish:
This will actually take place at the Lockerbie Lorry Park with the first cars and winners expected around 2.30pm. Sadly no chip shops and no Moffat Toffee shop, so hopefully the truckers’ breakfasts will still be on the go!
(Sadly, the Service Area at Lockerbie is out of bounds to spectators).
1, Fredrik Ahlin/Torstein Eriksen (Karlstad/Norway) Skoda Fabia R5, 1600, BRC1
2, David Bogie/Kevin Rae (Dumfries/Hawick) Skoda Fabia R5, 1600, BRC1
3, Osian Pryce/Dale Furniss (Machynlleth/Llanfyllin) Ford Fiesta, 1598, BRC1
4, Tom Cave/James Morgan (Aberdyfi/Hirwaun) Hyundai I20 RS, 0, BRC1
5, Keith Cronin/Mikie Galvin (Bantry/Killarney) Ford Fiesta, 1600, BRC1
6, Martin McCormack/David Moynihan (Draperstown/Cork) Skoda Fabia R5, 1620, BRC1
7, Rhys Yates/Carl Williamson (Chesterfield/Chesterfield) Ford Fiesta R5, 1600, BRC1
8, Desi Henry/Liam Moynihan (Portglenone/Ballydaly Millstreet) Skoda Fabia R5, 1600, BRC1
9, Jock Armstrong/Paula Swinscoe (Castle Douglas/Withnell) Subaru Impreza, 1998, 11
10, Matt Edwards/Darren Garrod (Colwyn Bay) Ford Fiesta R5, 1600, BRC1
11, Jonathan Greer/Kirsty Riddick (Belfast/Castle Douglas) Citroen DS3 R5, 1600, BRC1
12, Euan Thorburn/Paul Beaton (Duns/Inverness) Ford Fiesta R5, 1600, BRC1
14, Shaun Sinclair/Jamie Edwards (Oban/Wrexham) Subaru Impreza WRC , 2000, 12
15, Mike Faulkner/Peter Foy (Aspatria/Bingley) Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX, 2000, 11
16, Jamie Anderson/Ross Whittock (Leics/Radstock) Ford Fiesta R5, 1600, BRC1
17, Rory Young/Allan Cathers (Dumfries/Brampton) Ford Fiesta R5, 1600, 12
18, Mark McCulloch/Michael Hendry (Dumfries/Archiestown) Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX, 1998, 11
19, Donnie MacDonald/Neil Shanks (Culloden/Elgin) Ford Fiesta R5, 1600, N7
20, Greg McKnight/Laura Marshall (Penpont) Mitsubishi Evo 9, 1997, 11
21, Iain Wilson/Chris Williams (Dalbeattie) Subaru Impreza, 2000, 10
22, Alex Laffey/Patrick Walsh (Market Harborough) Ford Fiesta, 1600, BRC1
23, Freddie Milne/Jane Nicol (Banchory/Edinburgh) Mitsubishi Evo 9, 1998, 11
24, Ian Baumgart/Mike Dickson (Hawick/Galashiels) Subaru Impreza , 1998, 10
25, Michael Binnie/Claire Mole (Cornhill/Duns) Mitsubishi Evo 5, 1997, 10
26, John Wink/John Forrest (Huntly/Inverurie) Mitsubishi Evo 9, 1999, 10
27, Scott McCombie/Mark Fisher (Banchory/Workington) Mitsubishi Evo 9, 1998, 11
28, Steve Bannister/Callum Atkinson (Malton/Lauder) Ford Escort Mk2, 1998, 5
29, Matthew Robinson/Dave Robson (Ripon/Ancrum) Fiat 131 , 1995, N4
30, Simon Hay/Calum Jaffray (Aberdeen/Torphins) Mitsubishi Evo 6, 2000, 10
31, John Morrison/Peter Carstairs (Conon Bridge/St Andrews) Mitsubishi Evo 9, 1998, N6
32, Ross MacDonald/Matthew Johnstone (Conon bridge/Inverness) Mitsubishi Evo 8, 2000, 11
33, Dougal Brown/Lewis Rochford (Forres/Alford) Ford Escort Mk2, 1998, 7
34, Oscar Solberg/Patrick Barth (??) Ford Fiesta R2T, 998, BRC1
35, Callum Devine/Keith Moriarty (Park/Limerick) Fiesta Tba, 0, BRC1
36, Meirion Evans/Jonathan Jackson (Lampeter/Warwick) Peugeot 208 R2, 1600, BRC1
37, Keith Morris/Murray Strachan (Aberdeen/Inverurie) Mitsubishi Evo 6, 1998, 11
38, Marty Gallagher/Dean O’Sullivan (Letterkenny/Convoy) Peugeot 208 R2, 1598, BRC1
39, Fraser Wilson/Craig Wallace (Port William/Kirriemuir) Mitsubishi Evo 9, 1998, 9
40, Mike Stuart/Sinclair Young (Alford/Lairg) Ford Escort Mk 2, 1998, 7
41, William Creighton/Liam Regan (Moira/Belfast) Peugeot 208 R2, 1600, BRC1
42, Cameron Davies/Caron Tomlinson (Caernarfon) Peugeot 208 R2, 1600, BRC1
43, Scott MacBeth/Daniel Forsyth (Inverness/Elgin) Citroen C2 R2 Max, 1589, 3
44, Ian Forgan/Kathryn Forgan (Lundin Links) Subaru Impreza STi, 2000, 10
45, John McClory/David Hood (Strathblane/Elderslie) Mitsubishi Evo 9, 1, 9
46, Angus Lawrie/Paul Gribben (Castle Douglas/Annan) Vauxhall Corsa, 1600, 3
47, Josh McErlean/Aaron Johnston (Kilrea/Fintona) Citroen C2R2 Max, 1600, BRC1
48, Fraser MacNicol/Keith Boa (Ullapool/Ullapool) Ford Mk2 Escort, 2000, 4
49, Paul McErlean/Niall McKenna (Bellaghy/Draperstown) Ford Escort Mk2, 2000, 7
50, Josh Cornwell/Richard Bliss (Dorking/Weston super Mare) Ford Fiesta R2, 1598, BRC1
51, Spencer Wilkinson/Glyn Thomas (Warrington/Weston Super Mare) Subaru Impreza , 1996, BRC Produc
52, Fergus Barlow/Max Freeman (Isle of Mull) Ford Fiesta, 1600, BRC1
53, Gee Atherton/Keaton Williams (Oswestry/Ludlow) Ford Fiesta R2T, 998, BRC4
54, Darren Martin/TBC (Longtown) Mitsubishi Evo 9, 1998, 11
55, Duncan MacDonald/Neil Ross (Portree/Portree) Ford Escort Mk2, 2000, 7
56, James Williams/Dai Roberts (Newcastle Emlyn) Ford Fiesta R2T, 998, BRC1
57, Keith Riddick/Mairi Riddick (Haugh of Urr/Dumfries) MG ZR, 1600, 3
58, Sean Will/Ashleigh Will (Inverurie/Inverurie) Mitsubishi Evo, 1997, 11
59, John McIlwraith/Heather Grisedale (Canonbie/Workington) Subaru Impreza Gc8, 1997, 10
60, Ross McFadzean/Shona Hale (Prestwick/Dunfermline) Subaru Impreza, 1998, 10
61, Jim Robertson/Mike Curry (Penpont/Thornhill) 0, 3
62, Alex Pirie/Frazer Skene (Drummuir/Keith) Citroen C2, 2, 3
63, Neil Coalter/Hannah Cessford (Sauchen/Sauchen) Suzuki Ignis, 1399, 1
64, Colin Baxter/Tracy Smith (Tain/Inverness) Subaru Impreza GC8, 1994, 10
65, Charles Blair/Mark Roberts (Dumfries/Dumfries) Citroen C2 VTS, 1587, 3
66, Tom Williams/Bryan Hull (Wallingford/Reading) Ford Fiesta, 1596, BRC1
67, Ross Hughes/Ewan Leeming (Lanark/Edinburgh) Citroen C2 VTS, 1587, 3
68, Luke McLaren/Phil Kenny (Blanefield/Sunderland) Ford Fiesta ST, 1998, 6
69, Robbie Beattie/Dave Findlay (Dundee/Blairgowrie) Peugeot 205 GTi, 1580, 2
70, Kevin Gray/Daniel Christie (Invergordon/Insch) Vauxhall Astra, 1998, 6
71, Graeme Sherry/Richard Wardle (Gartcosh/Pickering) Citroen C2, 1600, 3
72, Michael Robertson/Gary McDonald (Letham/Aberdeen) Subaru Impreza, 2000, 10
73, Gina Walker/Richard Simmonds (Duns/Duns) Citroen C2, 1600, 3
74, Niall Cowan Jnr/Thomas Bruce (Dumfries/Durham) MG ZR, 1398, 1
75, Arron Windus/TBA (??) Vauxhall ADAM Cup, 1598, Cadet BRC
76, Alex Waterman/Tom Woodburn (Leatherhead) Ford Fiesta R2, 1598, Cadet BRC
77, Michael Renton/Kenny Foggo (Bonar Bridge/Munlochy) Peugeot 306 GTi, 1998, 6
78, Andy Struthers/Alastair McIlroy (Libberton/Jedburgh) Citroen C2 VTS, 1598, 3
79, Ian Milne/Sandy Milne (Brechin/Brechin) Ford Escort Mk2, 1998, 5
80, Hamish Kinloch/Mark Grierson (Newmilns/Edinburgh) Ford Escort, 1997, 7
81, Kevin Crawford/Claire Martin (Alford/Huntly) Mitsubishi Evo 5, 1998, 10
82, Max Redpath/Callum Redpath (Duns/Duns) Peugeot 205, 1600, 2
83, Allan Matheson/TBA (Inverness) Ford Escort, 1600, 2
84, Ian Heard/Denny Calder (Ancrum/Ancrum) Ford Escort Mk2, 1993, 4
85, James Johns/Paul Watkins (York/Stratford) Skoda Felicia, 1400, 1
86, Tommy Heard/Greg McCutcheon (Jedburgh/Hawick) Ford Escort Mk2, 2000, 7
87, Elvin Smith/Shannon Turnbull (Dunfermline) Citroen C2, 1587, 3
88, Nabila Tejpar/Charley Sayer-Payne (Maldon/Glasgow) Ford Fiesta R2, 1600, Cadet BRC
89, John Rowan/Bridget Rowan (Mauchline/Hurlford) Talbot Sunbeam, 1300, 1
90, Eric McClurg/Robert Sherry (Dumfries/Carsluith) Subaru Impreza, 1994, 10
91, Clive Allford/John Gage (Alverston/Bristol) Land Rover Wolf XD, 2500, LR
92, Chris McCarthy/Zak Smart (Stokesley) Land Rover Wolf XD, 2500, LR
93, Ben de Ronde/Scott Quinn (Luton/Salisbury) Land Rover Wolf XD, 2500, LR
94, Tyrone Westall/TBA (??) Land Rover Wolf XD, 2500, LR
95, Donald Peacock/Scott Peacock (Bridge of Dee/Bridge of Dee) Peugeot 205 GTi, 1600, 2
96, John Rintoul/Tom Hynd (Inverbervie) Mitsubishi EVO X, 1998, 11