TEG Sport Subaru driver Ar­ron Newby overcomes treach­er­ous Knock­hill con­di­tions to beat Kirkaldy

Knock­hill Stages Rally

Motor Sport News - - Rally Report - By John Fife

Or­gan­iser: Bor­der Ecosse CC When: Fe­bru­ary 12 Where: Knock­hill, Fife Cham­pi­onship: Black­wood Plant Hire Scot­tish Tar­mack Cham­pi­onship, Bor­der Chal­lenge Cham­pi­onship, Bor­der Ecosse Car Club Cham­pi­onship Starters: 59 Ar­ron Newby and An­drew Leach scored a nar­row vic­tory on an ice-en­crusted, wind-scoured Knock­hill Stages Rally. Fight­ing tooth and nail all the way, their Subaru Im­preza just man­aged to hold off the Ford Es­cort Mk2 of Alan Kirkaldy and Cameron Fair.

Kirkaldy ini­tially held a three-sec­ond ad­van­tage af­ter three stages be­fore a mis­take on the fourth cost him 10 sec­onds to Newby. The car had locked up un­der brak­ing on the slip­pery sur­face and he slid straight on at a junc­tion. There­after Newby just man­aged to eke out a sec­ond or two on each stage to keep Kirkaldy at bay.

Ross Mar­shall had a ring­side view of the ac­tion fin­ish­ing in third place first time out in his new Skoda Fabia S2500 but he was more con­cerned with his own bat­tle, hold­ing off his dad, John Mar­shall, in the Subaru by 21 sec­onds to se­cure the fi­nal podium po­si­tion.

Run­ning first on the road, Gary Adam got off to a bad start on the icy tracks, but as the ice cleared he forced his Es­cort Mk2 back up to fifth place ahead of the Subaru Im­preza of Ian Pater­son.

Ear­lier in the day Iain Wil­son had been play­ing to the gallery with his Subaru Im­preza adopt­ing some lurid lines on the ice. He was giv­ing his re­built car a shake­down ahead of next week­end’s Snow­man Rally, so the ice prac­tice would come in handy.

Also play­ing to the gallery were Ross Hunter and Quintin Milne. Hunter won Class 3, fin­ish­ing in an im­pres­sive 11th place over­all in his two-litre Peu­geot 205 while Milne was “out for a hooley” in his Mk2 Es­cort, which spent most of its day point­ing in a dif­fer­ent di­rec­tion to that of its in­tended travel. Sadly, a whiff of oil smoke in­side the cabin made him call it a day with two stages to go.

First time out in his newly ac­quired Hyundai Ac­cent WRC, Bob Grant was go­ing well un­til he over­shot his brak­ing point on the penul­ti­mate stage and got bogged down in the mud.

Gareth White scored an em­phatic Class 2 win in his Peu­geot 208 R2 while Michael Robert­son was lucky to sur­vive a few over-am­bi­tious cor­ner­ing tech­niques in his Peu­geot 106 to claim Class 1.

Newby beat the tricky con­di­tions

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