Close shaves for rally crews

Argyllshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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.

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