Hig­gins al­ready eye­ing a re­turn to the Isle of Man

Scot­tish cham­pi­onship fight hots up on big­gest event

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Mark Hig­gins wants to re­turn to the Isle of Man TT course to crack an av­er­age lap of 130mph – de­spite smash­ing his own record last week.

Driv­ing a Pro­drive-built Subaru WRX STI, the triple Bri­tish Rally Cham­pion posted a best time of 17m25.139s, an av­er­age speed of 128.730mph, but he’s sure a 130mph lap is pos­si­ble.

“I see this as un­fin­ished busi­ness,” said Hig­gins. “When we came here, we knew the car was go­ing to be quicker than last time, but we didn’t re­ally know how much quicker. We were dream­ing about an av­er­age of 125mph and straight away we could go quicker than that.

“I came away from the is­land know­ing there was more speed to come from the car and from me. I think there’s prob­a­bly four or five sec­onds a lap I can find and, I’m sure we could get some more from the en­gine. I think more and more that an av­er­age speed of 130mph was pos­si­ble.”

Hig­gins will drive the Pro­drive car at this week’s Good­wood Fes­ti­val of Speed.

Garry Pear­son ( be­low) will lead the Scot­tish Rally se­ries hope­fuls on the RSAC Scot­tish Rally, as the fight for the cham­pi­onship hots up.

Although Pear­son drives an Ford Fi­esta R5, the same spec as the BRC fron­trun­ners, he’ll likely be strug­gling in the over­all or­der be­cause he will not have the ad­van­tage of a recce, as dic­tated by SRC rules. The BRC con­tenders will be al­lowed to write their own notes. Pear­son – in his first year in full-time four-wheel drive com­pe­ti­tion – leads the stand­ings by seven after win­ning the last round, the Spey­side Stages. He’s chased closely by reign­ing cham­pion Jock Arm­strong (Subaru Im­preza) and Mit­subishi Lancer E9 driv­ers Dale Robert­son and Mark Mccul­lough. John Mac­crone – also in a Fi­esta R5 – is in good form. He would have chal­lenged Pear­son for the Spey­side vic­tory had it not been for a bro­ken drive­shaft.

An­other Lancer ex­pected to chal­lenge is Mike Faulkner, last year’s run­ner-up. He hasn’t en­tered all the rounds this year, but was a con­sis­tent top five fin­isher and will be in the fight again in Dum­fries.

Grant Inglis has a 24-point lead in the two-wheel-drive cat­e­gory, and with sec­ond man Dou­gal Brown ab­sent from the en­try list, it’s likely he’ll ex­tend his lead. Fi­esta R2 run­ner, Thomas Gray is Inglis’ clos­est ri­val on the event.

Hig­gins broke the TT record

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