Close shaves for rally crews
There were only two local crews competing in the Scottish Tarmack Rally Championship (STRC) Pendragon stages at Warcop training camp in Cumbria on Sunday August 26.
They were Donald Bowness and navigator Paul Gribben in their Vauxhall Nova and Jamie Miller and Ian McCulloch in their Citroen C2R2Max. Both crews compete in the 1600 class.
This was Jamie’s second outing in the car. In what was a wet and slippery day, tyre choice was difficult.
Stage two was better, after a change of tyres. There were several incidents on stages throughout the day which caused delays. Jamie and Ian stopped to help on stage three when a car rolled. This caused them to lose a lot of time but priority was to ensure the other competitors were safe.
By stage seven, the ‘red mist’ had set in on Jamie and he had a battle with a mk 2 Escort.
Jamie said: ‘This is a good event, but the class in front have a phenomenal pace to compete against, although I still enjoyed it.’ Jamie’s next event is Leuchers, Fife, in November which will be the final round of the STRC. He is also looking at doing the MSN circuit event in December at Knockhill.
Donald and Paul also had a few close calls. On stage two they went through a fence in slippery conditions costing them around 35 seconds.
Back to service, it was a change of tyres. The new tyre choice proved to be working well back on stage and they began setting impressive times. On stage seven, their car stopped within inches of a concrete block.
At the end of a long day, Jamie and Ian finished 46th overall and 14th in class, while Donald and Paul finished seventh overall with first in class and first FWD car setting a fourth fastest stage time. Donald said these were his best results so far since he started his hobby.
He is now planning a break to give the car a well-deserved rest and some TLC.
Donald Bowness and navigator Paul Gribben with their Vauxhall Nova and prizes.