‘Bo­gie’s strong pace has given him op­ti­mism’

Scot­tish ace im­presses,

Motor Sport News - - Rally News - By Jack Benyon Pho­tos: Jakob Ebrey, Writ­tle Pho­to­graphic

David Bo­gie be­lieves the pace shown in WRC2 on last week­end’s Wales Rally GB can make him a con­tender for the Bri­tish Rally Cham­pi­onship when he re­turns next year.

Bo­gie set times quicker than some of the hottest prop­er­ties in ral­ly­ing in the class, beat­ing Toy­ota-bound Es­apekka Lappi and the ex­pe­ri­enced Jan Kopecky on stages on his way to ninth in the class, de­spite hav­ing to Rally2 on Satur­day.

“Yeah, it’s re­ally pos­i­tive look­ing at next year,” he said. “I’ve been look­ing at the times there and there are sev­eral stages where we’ve taken time out of Lappi, Tide­mand, Kopecky, they’re all guys I look up to and to be on the same pace as them is some­thing.”

The 29-year-old re­tired on Fri­day af­ter hit­ting a rock in the mid­dle of the road and bend­ing a steer­ing arm. How­ever, such was his pace on Satur­day and Sun­day that the CA1 Sport driver could re­turn to the top 10.

“I’m pleased, ob­vi­ously the times, es­pe­cially yes­ter­day and to­day, have been im­pres­sive,” said the Dum­fries driver. “It’s just a shame about Fri­day. Others man­aged to drive around the rock so it’s just part of the job.

“We’ve not put a foot wrong yes­ter­day and to­day and the times have been good. I think there’s a lot of pos­i­tives.”

Bo­gie switched to the Skoda Fabia R5 from the Ford Fi­esta R5 at the start of the year, and af­ter mul­ti­ple years on or­gan­iser’s notes he now makes his own. He has had to step up to com­pete with WRC2 driv­ers Elfyn Evans and team-mate Fredrik Ah­lin this year.

A crash on the Pirelli and ra­di­a­tor mal­adies in Scot­land ended any hopes of a top three fin­ish in the cham­pi­onship. He ended the cam­paign in sev­enth place.

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