Af­ter the ti­tle was wrapped up early last year, a fight for the crown was needed in 2016. By

Motor Sport News - - Review: Scottish Rally - POINTS Scot­tish Rally Cham­pi­onship CLASS ROUND-UP

It’s an old story. A young pre­tender ver­sus the old hand. It was a story that pro­vided the punch in an epic Scot­tish Rally Cham­pi­onship sea­son where noth­ing quite played out as ex­pected.

It was a year of sur­prises, ela­tion and heart­break. But one that con­firmed the qual­ity on the SRC is as good as any gravel rally cham­pi­onship in the UK.

So, the pre­tender. The ever-pop­u­lar Garry Pear­son made the step from R2 to R5 in 2016, and he was soon lock­ing horns with the reign­ing cham­pion and ex­pe­ri­enced fron­trun­ner Jock Arm­stong.

The first of those un­usual re­sults be­gan the year with the Snow­man Rally. As its name sug­gests – but doesn’t guar­an­tee – there was snow and, crit­i­cally, a lot of ice. Sweep­ing the road as first car on the stages, Arm­strong was 25s down on the first stage alone and suf­fer­ing, Ogier style. Pear­son brought the car home fifth in a bap­tism of fire in his first event in the car as the pop­u­lar Don­nie Macdon­ald took his first cham­pi­onship win.

But from then on in, it was the Arm­strong/pear­son show. The

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