Dou­ble-points for Scot’s home event RSAC SCOT­TISH RALLY PRE­VIEW

Motor Sport News - - Rally News - By Jack Benyon EN­TRY LIST Photos: Jakob Ebrey, Writ­tle Pho­to­graphic RSAC Scot­tish Rally, June 25. Bri­tish Rally Cham­pi­onship, round four of seven. Scot­tish Rally Cham­pi­onship, round five of seven.

David Bogie will use his dou­ble­points joker card on this week­end’s Scot­tish Rally, his home event and the fourth round of this year’s Bri­tish Rally Cham­pi­onship.

The driver – from the town of Dum­fries where the rally is based – has had an up and down start to the sea­son and lies sixth in the stand­ings with co-driver Kevin Rae.

How­ever Bogie be­lieves the pace he has shown means a re­turn to the podium in the BRC – which he won in 2011 – is im­mi­nent.

“Of course we’re go­ing to go to the Scot­tish and try and win,” said Bogie, who switched from a Ford Fi­esta R5 to a Skoda at the start of the sea­son. “I’ll be us­ing my joker too, it is quite im­por­tant as El­fyn [Evans] and Fredrik [Ah­lin] have played theirs.

“I think on the whole the pace has been very good,” he said. “When you look at El­fyn and Fredrik and the speed they’ve got, they’re two guys ca­pa­ble of go­ing into WRC2 any­where in the world and win­ning, so the bench­mark has been high but I think my pace has been good. I’ve beaten them both on stages I’ve just not been able to keep it all to­gether and get a win. These guys are un­be­liev­able and I’ll cer­tainly need to be at my best to beat them.”

Ah­lin leads the cham­pi­onship with 65 points to Evans’ 60. But both driv­ers won on the rounds they played their dou­ble points joker on, boost­ing their wins from 25 to 50 points.

Bogie com­peted in Done­gal last week­end win­ning the pres­ti­gious ‘Na­tional’ rally in a Ford Es­cort Mk2. He be­lieves he can set­tle back in quickly to the Skoda Fabia R5 he cam­paigns in the BRC.

“Pos­si­bly us­ing the rear-wheel-drive Es­cort in Done­gal isn’t the best prepa­ra­tion,” he added. “But Done­gal is an event that’s very spe­cial to me and when we get back I’ll get a test in my car and some seat time and hope­fully we’ll hit the ground run­ning.”

An­other driver play­ing his joker is Tom Cave. He had the per­fect warm-up for the Scot­tish by win­ning the Plains Rally, a round of the BTRDA, last month. He’s fourth in the over­all stand­ings. An­other Fi­esta driver to win a na­tional event re­cently was Jamie An­der­son who took Sev­ern Val­ley Stages honours in his quest for more seat time in his new car.

Josh Mof­fett re­turns to the cham­pi­onship after miss­ing the pre­vi­ous Pirelli Carlisle event as he com­peted in Kil­lar­ney in­stead. How­ever, the last BRC round he en­tered – the Cir­cuit of Ire­land – he won and he fin­ished fourth in Done­gal last week­end. He’ll be hop­ing to up his gravel pace with more ex­pe­ri­ence, although he’s the reign­ing Ir­ish Forestry cham­pion and is no stranger to the loose.

In the Ju­nior cat­e­gory, Robert Dug­gan proved the Vaux­hall Adam R2’s gravel pace by win­ning the Pirelli Carlisle Stages. How­ever punc­tures for team-mate Mat­tias Adiels­son means the gap be­tween the two should be much closer come the June 25 event. Also hop­ing to chal­lenge for Ju­nior honours will be Meirion Evans, who is hop­ing his Fi­esta en­gine woe is over after be­ing down on power in Carlisle, while a turbo went on the round be­fore; the Cir­cuit of Ire­land. ● See page 23 for a list of BRC jok­ers.

Bogie is hop­ing to get sea­son back on track Bogie (l) and Kevin Rae: Cir­cuit podium Bogie’s Skoda Fabia R5 fea­tures new liv­ery for the RSAC Scot­tish Dug­gan (l) won Pirelli Carlisle but Adiels­son (r) will fight back

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