Ret­son edges ahead for Kames glory

ABR Travel Ser­vices Ju­nior Rally

Motor Sport News - - ERC: Acropolis Rally - By John Fife

Or­gan­iser: East Ayr­shire Car Club When: May 8 Where: Kames, Muirkirk Stages: 16 Starters: 13

Fin­lay Ret­son scored an as­sured 25-se­cond vic­tory in last Sun­day’s ABR Travel Ser­vices Ju­nior Rally at Kames, com­fort­ably hold­ing off the con­stantly spar­ring duo of Harry Chalmers and Ewan Tin­dall.

Driv­ing his new VW Up, Chalmers tied with the Citroen C1 of Ret­son on the first stage, but af­ter that Ret­son steadily pulled away by one-three sec­onds per stage, but never more than that.

Tin­dall was hold­ing se­cond place with two stages to go, but the or­gan­is­ers had come up with a new route at Kames, which in­cor­po­rated the tight­est of hair­pins. Tin­dall struck the tyres first time round, cost­ing him seven sec­onds to Chalmers. He then dropped an­other se­cond at the same place on the fi­nal stage to lose out on the run­ner-up position by six sec­onds.

Josh His­lop scored fourth over­all in his Peu­geot 107 by two sec­onds from the Nis­san Mi­cra of Lewis Win­der and, al­though both had dif­fi­culty at the hair­pin, po­si­tions didn’t change.

In fact, the only driver who didn’t have trou­ble at the hair­pin, ex­e­cut­ing two per­fect hand­brake turns each time, was ninth­placed Amy Mc­cub­bin on her first rally. Re­sults 1 Fin­lay Ret­son/an­drew Fal­coner (Citroen C1) 26m35s; 2 Harry Chalmers/ Steven Hay (Volk­swa­gen Up) +25s; 3 Ewan Tin­dall/ Paul Hud­son (C1); 4 Josh His­lop/ Ellya Gold (Peu­geot 107); 5 Lewis Win­der/ Mike Baird (Nis­san Mi­cra); 6 Jude Macdonald/ Michael Cruick­shank (mi­cra); 7 Lewis Hain­ing/ Charles Blair (Toy­ota Aygo); 8 Cameron Rus­sell/ Ian Mcrae (Mi­cra); 9 Amy Mc­cub­bin/ Brian Mclle­land (Mi­cra); 10 Michael Christie/ Daniel Christie (mi­cra).

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