Carlisle run­ner-up to check stages for bo­gey is­sues ahead of event

Motor Sport News - - Rally News - By Jack Benyon

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.”

Pho­tos: Jakob Ebrey, Writtle Pho­to­graphic

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