Ral­ly­cham­pi­onship­starts with­Snow­man­event

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - READER TRAVEL -

The bat­tle for the 2018 ARR Craib MSA Scot­tish Rally Cham­pi­onship gets un­der way this week­end.

The sea­son kicks off with the In­ver­ness based Arnold Clark Snow­man Rally on Satur­day.

This year’s con­sists of seven events, fin­ish­ing with the Arm­strong Gal­loway Hills Rally in Cas­tle Dou­glas in Septem­ber.

Event spon­sor, Jock Arm­strong, is miss­ing from the sea­son opener.

He was hit with a six month ban in Oc­to­ber for moon­ing at a com­peti­tor while he vol­un­teered as a mar­shal on the Sol­way Coast Rally.

But there’s still plenty of lo­cal in­ter­est, with Haugh of Urr’s Keith Rid­dick be­ing joined by sis­ter Kirsty in his MG ZR in class three. Last sea­son Keith won the in­au­gu­ral SRC John Hor­ton Star Driver award.

Start­ing to­wards the front of the field is Dum­fries’ Mark McCul­loch, who’ll be joined in his Mit­subishi Evo by Michael Hendry. The pair are look­ing to build on their im­pres­sive 2017.

An­nan’s Paul Gribben will be on the notes in Steven Clark’s Evo 5 with Fraser Wil­son of Port William and Craig Wal­lace of Kir­riemuir in an Evo 9.

Pen­pont’s Greg McKnight and Thornhill’s Harry March­bank are com­pet­ing in a Ford Es­cort Mk2. Last year, McKnight im­pressed when he used his Evo 9 to bat­tle Arm­strong for the lead of the Border Coun­ties Rally.

In the two wheel classes, Dum­fries duo Scott and David Sloan are tack­ling class one in their Vaux­hall Corsa with Pen­pont’s Jim Robert­son and Thornhill’s Mike Curry com­pet­ing in class four in a Ford Es­cort.

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