… Grampian Forest Rally, Sat 14th August 2021 …
Attention in this year’s KNC Groundworks Scottish Rally Championship switches this weekend from Dunoon in the West and Lockerbie in the South to Banchory in the north for the third round of this year’s national competition, the Grampian Forest Rally.
It’s also the third round of the British Rally Championship and as such has attracted additional interest from right across the UK and Ireland. On that basis our lot will face an even bigger threat than they did last month from their BTRDA counterparts and yet honour prevailed with five of our drivers in the RSAC Scottish Rally top ten.
Given the quality of this weekend’s entry it will be one heckuva result if the same can be achieved here. There’s more heavy hitters in this entry list than in a busload of boxers.
Jock Armstrong (R5) currently leads the Scottish series by 7 points from Mark McCulloch (Mk2) with Richard Hill (Evo) in 3rd place. Ian Forgan (R5), Iain Wilson (Mk2) and Ian Baumgart (Impreza) complete the top six, but the trouble is, they are all counting two scores from two events. Right behind them are Freddie Milne (R5), David Bogie (MINI), Garry Pearson (R5) and Rory Young (R5) who are in the top ten with just one score each. That means there could be some dramatic changes at the top come Saturday evening.
The trouble is, rallying is such an unpredictable sport that there is room for some major upsets with both John Wink (R5) and Bruce McCombie (Focus) on ‘home’ turf. Last year, the number 20 seed on this Saturday’s event, Michael Binnie, won the Snowman Rally outright in a Mitsubishi Lancer while two years ago, this year’s number 28 seed, Scott Beattie, finished 5th overall on this very event in another Lancer. And just last month Peter Stewart put in an eye raising drive first time out in the Peugeot 208 Rally4 to finish 18th overall on the Scottish!
And then there’s Mark McCulloch and Iain Wilson both in Escort Mk2s. Can the two wheel drive brigade trump the 4WD lot? The north east stages look to be in pretty good condition and stranger things have happened in rallying.
Fingers crossed for a safe rally but the latest news from the organisers is that this will still be a NON SPECTATOR event. It would appear that the local authority has not revoked the order which effectively closes the forests to all but rally cars, crews and officials.
One piece of good news (!?) there’s only 21 different classes on this event as opposed to 25 on the Scottish. And we wonder why folk outside the sport don’t understand it.
No / Driver / Co-Driver / Home Town / Home Town / Make / Model / Class
1, Matt Edwards/Darren Garrod (Colwyn Bay/Pwllheli) VW Polo GTI R5, Cl BRC1
2, Josh Moffett/Andy Hayes (Clontribret/Dublin) Ford Fiesta WRC, Cl BRC1
3, Rhys Yates/James Morgan (Chesterfield) Ford Fiesta Mk2, Cl BRC1
4, Osian Pryce/Noel O’Sullivan (Machynlleth/Killarney) VW Polo R5, Cl BRC1
5, David Bogie/John Rowan (Dumfries/Portglenone) TBC, Cl P1
6, Keith Cronin/Mikie Galvin (Bantry/Killarney) Ford Fiesta, Cl BRC1
7, Matthew Wilson/Elliott Edmondson (Cockermouth/Milton Keynes) Ford Fiesta Rally2, Cl BRC1
8, Jock Armstrong/Cameron Fair (Castle Douglas/Tobermory) Ford Fiesta, Cl P1
9, Garry Pearson/Niall Burns (Duns/Letterkenny) Skoda Fabia, Cl P1
10, James Wilson/Arthur Kierans (Armagh/Monaghan) Hyundai i20, Cl BRC1
11, Sam Moffett/Keith Moriarty (Monaghan/Abbeyfeale) Ford Fiesta R5 Mk2, Cl BRC1
12, Cathan McCourt/Brian Hoy (Omagh/Enniskillen) Ford Fiesta, Cl BRC1
14, Elliot Payne/Dale Bowen (Harrogate/Abergavenny) Ford Fiesta, Cl P1
15, Freddie Milne/Jamie Edwards (Aberdeen/Wrexham) Ford Fiesta R5, Cl P1
16, Rory Young/Allan Cathers (Dumfries/Brampton) Ford Fiesta R5 Mk2, Cl P1
17, Seb Perez/Gary McElhinney (Chesterfield/Donegal) Ford Fiesta Rally2, Cl BRC1
18, Joseph McGonigle/Ciaran Geaney (Donegal/Donegal) Ford Fiesta Rally2, Cl BRC1
19, Stephen Petch/Michael Wilkinson (Bishop Auckland/Tow Law) Ford Fiesta WRC, Cl P1
20, Michael Binnie/Claire Mole (Cornhill-on-Tweed/Duns) Mitsubishi Evo9, Cl M9
21, John Wink/Neil Shanks (Huntly/Elgin) Hyundai i20 R5, Cl P1
22, Bruce McCombie/Michael Coutts (Banchory/Torphins) Ford Focus WRC, Cl P1
23, Conor McCourt/Coalan McKenna (Omagh/Omagh) Ford Fiesta R5, Cl P1
24, Garry Jennings/Rory Kennedy (Kesh/Letterkenny) Ford Fiesta R5, Cl P1
25, Alan Carmichael/Claire Williams (Ballymoney/Ammanford) Hyundai i20 R5, Cl P1
26, Charles Payne/Patrick Walsh (Harrogate/Aberystwyth) Ford Fiesta WRC, Cl P1
27, Donnie MacDonald/Andrew Falconer (Inverness/Inverness) Mitsubishi Evo9, Cl M9
28, Scott Beattie/Paula Swinscoe (Alford/Withnell) Mitsubishi Evo7, Cl M9
29, Richard Hill/Callum Atkinson (Chesterfield/Lauder) Mitsubishi Lancer, Cl M9
30, Barry Groundwater/Sean Donnelly (Stonehaven/Elgin) Subaru S11 WRC, Cl P1
31, Tom Williams/Josh Davison (Wallingford/Melrose) Ford Fiesta Rally2, Cl BRC1
32, Martin McCormack/Barney Mitchell (Draperstown/Magherafelt) Ford Escort Mk2, Cl C3
33, Niall Devine/Liam McIntyre (Tyrone/Tyrone) Mitsubishi Evo9, Cl M8
34, Martin Cairns/Kenny Bustard (Strabane/Donegal Town) Ford Fiesta WRC, Cl P1
35, Jason Mitchell/Peter Ward (Omagh/Donemana) Ford Fiesta Rally2, Cl BRC1
36, Ian Forgan/Chris Lees (Lundin Links/Glasgow) Ford Fiesta R5, Cl P1
37, Mark McCulloch/Michael Hendry (Dumfries/Aberlour) Ford Escort Mk2, Cl M6
38, Scott MacBeth/Dan Forsyth (Muir of Ord/Elgin) Mitsubishi Lancer Evo9, Cl M9
39, Jason Black/Karl Egan (Armagh/Galway) Toyota Starlet, Cl M6
40, Ruairi Bell/Gareth Parry (London/Aberystwyth) Ford Fiesta) Cl BRC4
41, John Morrison/Peter Carstairs (Dingwall/St Andrews) Ford Fiesta R5, Cl P1
42, Brian Brady/Eamon Creedon (Kells/Macroom) Ford Fiesta Rally4, Cl BRC4
43, Kyle White/Sean Topping (Belfast/Banbridge) Peugeot 208 R2, Cl BRC4
44, Finlay Retson/Rhys Stoneman (Meikelour/Swansea) Ford Fiesta Rally4, Cl BRC4
45, Scott McCombie/Mark Fisher (Banchory/Workington) Mitsubishi Evo6 , Cl M9
46, Robert Adamson/Jane Nicol (Kilmarnock/Edinburgh) Ford Fiesta R5, Cl P1
47, David Kelly/Dean O’Sullivan (Donegal/Raphoe) Ford Fiesta Rally4, Cl BRC4
48, Keith Morris/Terry Mallin (Aberdeen/Bothwell) Mitsubishi Evo, Cl M9
49, Ashley Dickson/Stephen Joyce (Drumquin/Craughwell) Ford Fiesta R5, Cl BRC5
50, William Paterson/Tom Hynd (Strathaven/Inverbervie) Mitsubishi Evo9, Cl M9
51, Hugh Brunton/Drew Sturrock (Arbroath/Brechin) Ford Fiesta R5, Cl P1
52, Ian Baumgart/Dave Robson (Hawick/Jedburgh) Subaru Impreza, Cl M8
53, Trevor Gamble/Ron Roughead (Durham/Gateshead) Ford Fiesta R5, Cl M9
54, Chris Collie/Gary McDonald (Aberdeen/Aberdeen) Subaru Impreza, Cl M8
55, John Rintoul/Ross Hynd (Lower Largo/Prestwick) Ford Fiesta R5, Cl P1
56, Stuart Irvine/Marc Irvine (Erskine/Bishopton) Hyundai Accent WRC, Cl P1
57, Kevin Crawford/Andrew Stevenson (Alford/Huntly) Mitsubishi Evo9, Cl M9
58, Paul Mcerlean/Niall McKenna (Bellaghy/Moneymore) Ford Escort Mk2, Cl M7
59, Peter Stewart/Harry Marchbank (Dumfries/Dumfries) Peugeot 208 Rally4, Cl M1
60, Eddie Lewis/Dom Adams (Ollerton/Treorchy) Ford Fiesta Rally4, Cl BRC4
61, Eamonn Kelly/Conor Mohan (Frosses/Balinode) Ford Fiesta Rally 4, Cl BRC4
62, Jason Dickson/Martin Brady (Omagh/Strabane) Ford Fiesta, Cl BRC4
63, Duncan Campbell/Michael Cruickshank (Mauchline/Crieff) Subaru Impreza, Cl M8
64, John Brownie/Ian Parker (Aberdeenshire/Lochgilphead) Opel Kadett C, Cl C3
65, Steven Wood/Mary Wood (Inverness/Inverness) Ford Fiesta RWD, Cl M6
66, Paddy Munro/Dave O’Brien (Kyle/Duns) Ford Escort, Cl M4
67, Keith Robathan/Phil Sandham (Aberdeen/Carnforth) Ford Escort Mk2, Cl M7
68, Tom Coughtrie/Ian Fraser (Ayr/Aros, Isle of Mull) Mitsubishi Galant VR4, Cl SH2
69, Robert Harkness/Mike Curry (Stewarton/Stewarton) Mitsubishi Evo7, Cl M9
70, Fraser Anderson/Jack Bowen (Helensburgh/Hereford) Ford Fiesta R2T, Cl BRC4
71, Martin Craik/Richard Wardle (Methven/Pickering) Subaru Impreza, Cl M8
72, Johnnie Mulholland/Calum Maguire (Randalstown/Monaghan) Ford Fiesta R2T, Cl BRC4
73, Jim Robertson/Paul Gribben (Penpont/Annan) Ford Escort, Cl M6
74, Casey Jay Coleman/Grace O’Brien (Clonmel/Millstreet) Ford Fiesta R4, Cl BRC4
75, Ross MacDonald/Keir Beaton (Conon Bridge/Inverness) Honda Civic, Cl C3
76, Jan Budge/Bruce Lindsay (Thatcham/Thirsk) Subaru Impreza, Cl M8
77, Richard Spink/Nigel Hutchinson (York/York ) Ford Escort RS1800, Cl SH2
78, Ewan Tindall/Andrew Roughead (Ryton/Newcastle) Ford Fiesta R2T, Cl M3
79, James Boland/John McCay (Wexford/Derry) Ford Fiesta Rally4, Cl BRC4
80, Niall Cowan Jr/Callum Shanks (Auldgirth /Castle Douglas) MG ZR, Cl M2
81, Johnnie Mackay/Emily Easton-Page (Ellon/Finzean) Ford Fiesta ST, Cl M5
82, Martin R Freestone/Rory McCann (Douglas/Douglas) Ford Escort, Cl SH1
83, Michael McDaid/Declan Casey (Newtownbutler/Banteer) Ford Escort Mk2 RS1800, Cl SH2
84, Andy Kelly/Roy Campbell (Greenock/Fenwick) Ford Mk1 Escort RS2000, Cl SH1
85, Graeme Sherry/Ewan Lees (Gartcosh/Glasgow) Subaru Impreza N12, Cl M8
86, John O’Kane/Meghan O’Kane (Kyle/Kyle) Subaru Impreza, Cl C5
87, Brian Ross/Daniel Christie (Elgin/Turriff) Ford Escort Mk2, Cl C3
88, Mike Moates/Michael Moates (Ellon/Aberdeen) Subaru Impreza, Cl M8
89, Joseph Kelly/Shane Byrne (Co Donegal/Co Donegal) Ford Fiesta R2T, Cl BRC4
90, Michael Renton/John Shepheard (Tain/Elgin) Subaru Impreza GC8, Cl C5
91, Fraser Smith/Steven Brown (Johnstone/Fort William) Honda Civic, Cl M2
92, Allan Smith/Paul Beaton (Kirriemuir/Inverness) Honda Civic, Cl C3
93, Donald Brooker/Tony Booth (Ballater/Inverbervie) Subaru Legacy RS, Cl SH2
94, Paul Collins/Robert Wood (Rosneath/Dumbarton) Subaru Gc8, Cl M9
95, Mike Grant/Graham Kelman (Elgin/Elgin) Subaru Impreza, Cl C5
96, Ernie Lee/Patricia Lee (Ellon/Ellon) BMW 325i , Cl SH2
97, Fraser Jones/Neil Thomson (Edinburgh/York) BMW 325i , Cl C4
98, Neil Philip/Ian Philip (Elgin/Stonehaven) Subaru Impreza, Cl C5
99, Martin Crombie/Ricky Finlayson (Contin/Inverness) Talbot Sunbeam, Cl C3
100, Rhuaridh Campbell/Shaina Archibald (Glenmoriston/Invermoriston) Chrysler Sunbeam, Cl M6
101, Richard Stewart/Carin Tait-Logan (Dumfries/Kelso) Peugeot 208 Rally4, Cl M3
102, Colin Patterson/Gary Clark (Cullen/Alness) Ford Escort, Cl C3
103, Alan Wallace/Darren Robertson (Aberdeen/Mitsubishi Lancer Evo7, Cl M9
104, Kenny Wood/Gordon Chalmers (Inverness/Inverness) BMW E30, Cl M6
105, Neil Redford/Duncan Daun (Old Rayne/Rothienorman) Honda Civic Jordan, Cl M2
106, Iain Urquhart/Michael MacKenzie (Inverness/Inverness) Mitsubishi Evo, Cl C5
107, Aoife Raftery/Dylan Doonan (Co Galway/Cork) Ford Fiesta R2, Cl BRC4
108, Ian Milne/Sandy Milne (Brechin/Brechin) Ford Escort Mk2, Cl SH2
109, Ron Horne/Shannon Turnbull (Nairn/Braidwood) Subaru Impreza, Cl M9
110, Nikki Addison/Rachel Matheson (Inverness/Beauly) Peugeot 106 GTI, Cl C2
111, Jamie McIntyre/Craig Wallace (Sorn/Kirriemuir) Ford Escort, Cl M7
112, Graeme Morrison/Kyle Morrison (Fraserburgh/Fraserburgh) Ford Escort Mk2, Cl M6
113, Aileen Forrest/John Forrest (Inverurie/Inverurie) Mitsubishi Evo9, Cl M9
114, Jordan Anderson/Clare MacKenzie (Inverness/Inverness) Peugeot 306 GTI, Cl C3
115, Robert Tonge/Alan Reid (Elgin/Elgin) MG ZR, Cl C1
116, Stu McLaren/Eoghan Anderson (Lanark/Methven) Opel Kadett GT/E, Cl SH1
117, Ashleigh Morris/Martin R Haggett (Dollar/Rugby) Ford Fiesta R200, Cl M3
118, Kevin Maguire/Karen MacLeod (Glasgow/Hillman) Avenger, Cl SH1
119, Orrin McDonnell/Niall MacPhee (Staffin/Flashadder) Subaru Impreza, Cl M8
120, Cameron Black/Grahame Douglas (Inverurie/Inverurie) Mazda 323 Turbo 4×4, Cl C5
SRC Clubman category Two Wheel Drive cars up to 1450cc.
SRC Clubman category Two Wheel Drive cars from 1451cc to 1650cc.
SRC Clubman category Two Wheel Drive cars from 1651cc to 2050cc
SRC Clubman category Two Wheel Drive cars over 2051cc.
SRC Clubman category Four wheel drive cars.
SRC Modified category Two wheel drive cars up to 1450cc
SRC Modified category Two wheel drive cars up to 1450cc (sequential gearboxes prohibited).
SRC Modified category Two wheel drive cars up to 1450cc not Clified in Cl M2 (includes any FIA homologated R3 car (naturally aspirated or Turbo) and any forced induction car up to 1000cc.
SRC Modified category Two Wheel drive cars over 1651cc with 8 valves or less.
SRC Modified category front wheel drive cars from 1651cc to 2050cc with more than 8 valves (includes any FIA homologated R3 car (naturally aspirated or turbo) and any forced induction car up to 1000cc
SRC Modified category rear wheel drive cars from 1651cc to 2050cc with more than 8 valves.
SRC Modified category Two Wheel drive cars over 2051cc.
SRC Modified category Four Wheel drive cars not Clified in Cl M9 or SRC Pro (Cl P1), without a sequential gearbox (including previously homologated FIA Group N 4WD cars). Includes any FIA homologated Rally3 car.
SRC Modified category 4 wheel drive cars homologated in the following Classes,or previously homologated as such, providing these run as per their homologation papers: FIA Homologated GpA Four Wheel Drive cars, FIA Homologated Super 2000 cars FIA Homologated R4 cars All Metro 6R4’s and any derivativ
All Historic category 1 and 2 cars. Historic category 3 cars with single cam engines Historic category 4 cars up to 1600cc.
Historic category 3 cars with multicam engines. Historic category 4 cars over 1601cc in compliance with R49.1.5.
FIA Homologated Rally1/WRC cars and cars previously homologated as such and FIA Homologated Rally2/R5 cars and any derivative thereof including RHD conversions.
Cars competing in and complying with BRC regulations for Cl BRC1
Cars competing in and complying with BRC regulations for Cl BRC3
Cars competing in and complying with BRC regulations for Cl BRC4 and Junior BRC.
All cars competing in and complying with BRC regulations for Cl BRC5.