DARK SIDE OF THE MOON
Rally ace censured over prank
A Stewartry rally driver has been banned from competitions for mooning during an event.
Two-time Scottish champion Jock Armstrong was also fined £1,000 for baring his backside on the Solway Coast Rally earlier this year.
The Castle Douglas driver was volunteering as a marshal on one of the stages when he mooned at a pal taking part in the event.
But he’s been left counting the cost after governing body the Motor Sports Association got wind of the prank.
Jock said: “They said I was bringing the sport into disrepute and I could have caused an accident.
“They told me they were banning me for six months and fining me £1,000 – I told them they were having a laugh.
“It’ll run until next year and it puts me out of the championship already.
“They’ve pulled my pants down and smacked me on the backside.”
Jock, who won the Scottish title in 2015 and 2016 in his Subaru Impreza, was helping out on the Solway Car Club-organised event in August.
He added: “I was marshalling on a stage near Kirkgunzeon. There
was one photographer and it was a nonspectator stage. Niall Cowan from Dumfries, who I sponsor, was coming down the stage and he wasn’t having the best of days.
“I said I’d bare my backside so the photographer took a picture which got put up in the workshop and on Facebook. It looks like I’m standing right in front of the car but I’m about 40 metres away.
“The MSA has got hold of this and called me up for it. It had 20,000 views, there have been no negative comments at all but the MSA has done this. It’s laughable.
“They said they monitor pages on social media, which means we’re paying our fees and they have someone sitting there looking at Facebook and flagging up if someone is mooning.”
News of the penalty provoked outrage among the rallying community on Facebook.
Paula Swinscoe, who was Jock’s co-driver for his championship wins, said: “Really disappointed in this decision by the MSA – I’ve lost track of the number of times I’ve been mooned at by fellow competitors mid-stage and it’s always taken as a joke.”
Another person said: “Outrageous, time for a clear out at the top, Jock has been an ambassador for rallying for years – can we not start a petition to get this reversed?”
No one at the MSA was available for comment.
Racing ban Jock Armstrong in action.
Happier moment Jock Armstrong after winning the Galloway Hills Rally last month