Bogie takes a pop­u­lar vic­tory ahead of Kelly NA­TIONAL RALLY

Motor Sport News - - Donegal International Rally - Crail Stages re­port, p41 Re­sults

After two sea­sons away, Scot David Bogie re­turned to Done­gal in 2015 scor­ing a fourth-in-class fin­ish in the na­tional cat­e­gory. But after an even bet­ter run this year, the 2011 Bri­tish rally cham­pion came, saw and con­quered in a tricky bat­tle head­lined by Ford Es­cort Mk2s.

Adrian Hether­ing­ton was the early pace­set­ter, but his dis­tinc­tive bright green Es­cort left the road on a big jump near the start of stage three. Hether­ing­ton took the same jump flat out last year with no prob­lem, but this time his Es­cort snapped side­ways. At first ser­vice Done­gal Mo­tor Club chair­man Brian Bro­gan led by just a few sec­onds from Damien Tour­ish. Although only in a class 13 Es­cort, Tour­ish was driv­ing bril­liantly, but of course he was on his home patch. At the Fri­day night halt Bro­gan still led by 7s from Tour­ish.

It was all to change on the first Satur­day morn­ing stage though, when Bro­gan’s Es­cort gear­box jammed go­ing up the in­fa­mous Knock­alla hill. Although he fi­nally got go­ing again, he was out of the pic­ture and called it a day on Satur­day evening. Jonathan Pringle surged to the front and took the lead. But on the sec­ond run over Knock­alla, he slid wide at the top of the hill, drop­ping four min­utes and he slid back to 10th. Stage-by-stage Es­cort leg­end Frank Kelly and Bogie had been up­ping their pace against the lo­cal driv­ers. On Satur­day af­ter­noon Kelly in par­tic­u­lar re­ally cut loose and surged to the front in the car known as ‘Baby Blue’. Bogie’s Es­cort needed a new al­ter­na­tor by the end of the day, and Frank Kelly edged fur­ther ahead.

On the wet Sun­day morn­ing stages the pic­ture changed dra­mat­i­cally as Kelly’s Es­cort devel­oped dif­fer­en­tial prob­lems. The pop­u­lar Kelly has had no end of bad luck so far in 2016.

Bogie drove bril­liantly to take the lead. The five-time Scot­tish cham­pion has achieved podium po­si­tions on the event be­fore, but for him to win the mod­i­fied cat­e­gory out­right was very spe­cial for him and his fam­ily. Kelly set some good times to­wards the fin­ish, but could make no real im­pres­sion on Bogie. Damien Gal­lagher over­came rear brake prob­lems with his Es­cort to take third. Tour­ish in fourth was a hero in many peo­ple’s eyes, mix­ing it so well with the big en­gined class 14 Es­corts. Fifth was reign­ing Tar­mac Mod­i­fied cham­pion Declan Gal­lagher, so of­ten the dom­i­nant fig­ure in the Na­tional cat­e­gory in re­cent years. But he had a sub­dued run this time, his cause not helped by throt­tle prob­lems with his Star­let, and an ex­cur­sion at a chi­cane.


Matt War­ren took his fifth win of the year on Sun­day at the East Anglian Clas­sic Rally, the sixth round of the HRCR Club­man Cham­pi­onship.

With reg­u­lar part­ner Andy Pul­lan away win­ning HERO’S Sum­mer Trial, War­ren was nav­i­gated to vic­tory by Ryan Pick­er­ing. Un­usu­ally the Ford Es­cort driver didn’t dom­i­nate the tests, he was only third quick­est through the 13 that were tack­led. How­ever, a com­bined per­for­mance by the two crew mem­bers – they had the sec­ond best reg­u­lar­ity scores – meant they romped home with a mar­gin of over a minute.

Dar­rell Stan­i­forth/ Les Mcguf­fog took the run­ner up spot, 40 sec­onds ahead of Simon Mellings/ Henry Carr, who were third.

Jim Dea­con/ David Taylor led early

Chelms­ford MC When: June 19 Where: Nor­folk/ Suf­folk Cham­pi­onships: HRCR Club­man & Premier Route: 130 miles Tests: 13 Starters: 33.

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