Thor­burn wins rally as Ar­gyll driv­ers im­press

The Oban Times - - Sport -

THE DUNOON Presents Ar­gyll Rally made a suc­cess­ful de­but last week­end as driv­ers and rally fans from around the coun­try de­scended on Cowal for the fifth round of the Scot­tish Rally Cham­pi­onships on Satur­day.

De­spite the strong winds and show­ery rain, spec­ta­tors turned out in droves to see Scot­land’s top rally driv­ers hare round a se­lec­tion of Ar­gyll’s trick­i­est roads in as quick a time as pos­si­ble. The stages proved tricky and the weather made for some in­ter­est­ing rac­ing, although stage five at Glen­bran­ter had to be can­celled - the weather per­haps not help­ing in that case.

Af­ter five rounds of in­tense rac­ing, it was Euan Thor­burn and co- driver Paul Beaton, from the bor­ders who took top spot in their Ford Fi­esta R5.

This win means Euan main­tains his po­si­tion at the top of the Scot­tish Rally Cham­pi­onship stand­ings for in 2017.

Con­nel’s Shaun Sin­clair steered his way to a third place fin­ish over­all with help from his co- driver Jamie Ed­wards, fin­ish­ing just 31 sec­onds be­hind win­ner Thor­burn. Sin­clair fin­ished sec­ond in the first stage of the day. Stephen Freddy Lock­hart of Oban also had a con­sis­tent day’s rac­ing, tak­ing home ninth place.

Lochgilp­head driver Alis­ter MacArthur, with help from his co- driver Chris Robert­son from Tar­bert, fin­ished in an im­pres­sive 23rd po­si­tion in their Tal­bot Sun­beam, while Ali Gal­braith, also from Lochgilp­head, led his Ford Es­cort Mk2 to 38th po­si­tion.

Fur­nace’s Dou­glas Watt who, with the help of Don­ald Munro of In­ver­aray in the pas­sen­ger seat, fin­ished in 43rd po­si­tion, while the Fur­nace pair, Don­ald MacNeill and Cara MacNeill, had to re­tire af­ter stage four.

Round­ing up the re­sults for the Mid Ar­gyll driv­ers, Lochgilp­head duo Dun­can Ma­cLean and Ian Parker fin­ished 50th over­all.

Aside from the rac­ing, all the back­ground work­ings of the rally proved to be a spec­ta­cle in it­self. Dunoon sta­dium made for a make-shift pit stop as all the teams set up their re­pair and main­te­nance sta­tions around the field, while the sight of gnarled rally cars trav­el­ling be­tween stages was enough to get peo­ple out onto the streets, cam­eras in hand. Once Satur­day’s rac­ing had come to a close, the top three cars were pa­raded around Dunoon Sta­dium be­fore be­ing pre­sented with their prizes.

Pho­tos: West Coast Pho­tos.

Shaun Sin­clair of Con­nel drove his Subaru Im­preza to an over­all third place fin­ish.

Lochgilp­head’s Alis­ter MacArthur and co- driver Chris Robert­son from Tar­bert fin­ished in an im­pres­sive 23rd place.

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