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