WILSON HELP FOR SCOTTISH
Carlisle runner-up to check stages for bogey issues ahead of event
Scottish organisers are set to take up Matthew Wilson on an offer to run through some of the stages ahead of this year’s RSAC Scottish Rally in an attempt to avoid issues with bogey times.
Wilson competed on the Pirelli Carlisle two weekends ago, and has offered to drive the stages amid growing threats from teams and drivers that a repeat of the bogey being beaten will not be tolerated. Drivers beat an average speed of 70mph on multiple stages on the Pirelli, meaning they were given a notional time rather than actual times.
DMACK British Rally Team were particularly vocal, threatening to withdraw from the championship unless serious measures are taken, and Jonathan Lord – clerk of the course for the Scottish – insists they have done just that.
“We’ve analysed the times from last year,” said Lord. “No one wants to see a repeat of what happened on the Pirelli and hopefully we’re getting there. I’m not saying we’ve definitely cracked it, but we’re taking it very seriously.”
Other factors helping in the attempts to stop any bogey issues include a piece of software used by pacenote writers Pattersons. It has equipment that can calculate the average stage time. It’s well respected in rallying as being as close as it gets to predicting a time.
The British Rally Championship has also been proactive in trying to alleviate the problem, with Iain Campbell offering advice to all the organisers hosting BRC events. Wilson believes it’s this proactive approach from the parties involved that means the rally is in good hands.
“I felt sorry for everyone on the Pirelli, but it’s good that Iain [Campbell] and the BRC have been so proactive in trying to sort it out,” said Wilson, who finished second on the event after 11 years out of the championship. “We’re happy to help wherever we can really and the plan is to drive the stages – especially the ones that have been highlighted as ones that could see the bogey beaten – to advise on where to put chicanes and how to help.
“I don’t think the Scottish will be as quick as the Pirelli, but if the conditions are right then we could see the bogey being challenged. It’s been a long time since I’ve been in there [the Scottish] but from memory there are certainly a few quick stages.”
Wilson offers help