Er­ror gifts Tin­dall vic­tory be­fore Ret­son re­bounds Kames Au­tumn and Al­bar Tro­phy

Motor Sport News - - Rally Reports - By John Fife Re­sults Pho­tos: Roy Demp­ster, Pro-rally Pho­tog­ra­phy

Or­gan­iser: East Ayr­shire Car Club When: Septem­ber 24/25 Where: Kames Mo­tor­sport Com­plex, East Ayreshire Stages: 16 Starters: 13

A rare mis­take from Fin­lay Ret­son cost him the lead of the Kames Au­tumn Ju­nior Rally at the half­way point and al­lowed Ewan Tin­dall to seize the ini­tia­tive.

“I mis­heard a call at a junc­tion,” ex­plained Ret­son, “I thought I was go­ing right when I should have gone left and went straight on! There was no da­m­age but I lost time try­ing to get trac­tion on the wet grass and re­verse out.”

Ret­son lost 40 sec­onds in the in­ci­dent and dropped to fifth be­fore fight­ing back to snatch third place by five sec­onds from Harry Chalmers in his VW Up.

Prior to that point there was lit­tle be­tween the Ret­son Citroen C1 and Tin­dall’s sim­i­lar car, the pair squab­bling over sin­gle sec­onds on each stage. Josh His­lop pro­vided the Peu­geot 107 sand­wich on the Citroen podium fin­ish­ing just seven sec­onds be­hind the win­ner.

It was busi­ness as usual for Ret­son on the Sun­day ‘Al­bar Tro­phy’ event but the win­ner’s mar­gin was a mere four sec­onds this time. Tin­dall scored the run­ner-up po­si­tion ahead of Chalmers, de­spite con­stantly lock­ing brakes on the morn­ing stages.

Josh His­lop had again been on the pace but this time it was he who slipped up. He clipped a tyre bar­rier on the ap­proach to the ‘Chicken Run’ which spun the Peu­geot and flipped it over the bar­rier with two stages to go. Both crew mem­bers stepped out un­hurt and the car was driven back into ser­vice.

The Se­nior events were rather poorly at­tended, but pro­vided a win on Satur­day for the Ford Fo­cus of Michael Farmer and Lind­say Tay­lor’s Ford Fi­esta ST on Sun­day.

1 Ewan Tin­dall/ Paul Hud­son (Citroen C1) 25m14s; 2 Josh His­lop/ Ellya Gold (Peu­geot 107) +7s; 3 Fin­lay Ret­son/an­drew Fal­coner (Citroen C1); 4 Harry Chalmers/ Steven Brown (VW Up); 5 Jude Macdon­ald/ Michael Cruick­shank (Nis­san Mi­cra); 6 Lewis Hain­ing/ Mark Mccul­loch (Toy­ota Aygo); 7 Lewis Win­der/ Mike Baird (Nis­san Mi­cra); 8 Cameron Rus­sell/ Ian Mcrae (Nis­san Mi­cra); 9 John­nie Mackay/ Gor­don Reid (Nis­san Mi­cra); 10 An­drew Black­wood/ Gor­don Win­ning (Nis­san Mi­cra).

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