Bo­gie pumps in spec­tac­u­lar fi­nal stage to over­turn Mcveigh for Mid­land Moto Stages win

Mid­land Moto Stages

Motor Sport News - - Rally Reports - By Brian Patterson Re­sults

Or­gan­iser: Mid­land Mo­tor Club When: March 19/20 Where: Long­ford Cham­pi­onships: Loughran Rally Cham­pi­onship Stages: 9 Starters: 77

David Bo­gie made a lengthy trip from Dum­fries to Ire­land worth­while by win­ning the Mid­land Stages in his Skoda Fabia R5. He and co-driver Kevin Rae were pre­par­ing for next month’s Cir­cuit of Ire­land Rally with team CA1 Sport, and headed Paddy Mcveigh af­ter a stun­ning fi­nal stage.

Less than 3s sep­a­rated the top three – Mcveigh, David Bo­gie and Chris Arm­strong – over the open­ing test Kil­lashee. That was a sign of things to come over the day’s mostly fast flow­ing stages, helped by the ideal be­nign con­di­tions. Mcveigh was able to give his Subaru Im­preza WRC its head, while, for Bo­gie, the rally was ideal for him to chalk up some as­phalt mileage ahead of the Euro­pean, Bri­tish and Ir­ish Tar­mac counter on the Cir­cuit of Ire­land.

By first ser­vice, the cars had cov­ered 24 miles and Mcveigh took just 20m11s to com­plete them. Bo­gie was 17s in ar­rears and Arm­strong 29s back.

Just a hand­ful of sec­onds cov­ered the fol­low­ing driv­ers too, Stephen Mccann, Vivian Hamill, Pau­ric Duffy and Gary Kier­nan.

The middle loop of stages was cur­tailed to just the two shorter stages, as stage six was blocked by an ear­lier ac­ci­dent.

By se­cond ser­vice the po­si­tions at the top were lit­tle changed. Mcveigh had ex­tended his lead to 22s over Bo­gie, with Arm­strong 37s be­hind the leader and still best of the two-wheel-drive brigade.

Kier­nan had put on a push and was fourth in his Es­cort, al­though just 1.4s ahead of Hamill.

Bo­gie was fastest in stage eight (stage seven didn’t run) to re­duce the gap to leader Mcveigh to just 15.7s. On the fi­nal stage Bo­gie re­ally went for it. His time was 25s faster than his first run over the same stage. He was also 20s faster than Mcveigh to win by 4.6s.

Arm­strong again showed great speed in his Es­cort on his way to third over­all. Sean Gal­lagher/ Barry Mcnulty won Group N in their Mit­subishi Lancer and Kyle White/sean Top­ping had a very im­pres­sive vic­tory in the Ju­niors with their Citroen C2R2.

Bo­gie showed class on last stage in CA1 Skoda R5

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