Cur­rie comes out tops in Wales

The Oban Times - - SPORT -

TWENTY-YEAR-OLD Tober­mory rally driver Alas­dair Cur­rie dom­i­nated his class on the Wales Rally GB Na­tional rally. Alas­dair was guided through the high speed for­est tracks by his co-driver, Lochaber GP Steven Brown. The duo scored a dom­i­nant class win and a su­perb 16th over­all.

Alas­dair com­peted in the Cas­trol-backed Ford Fi­esta R2 as a prize drive for com­ing se­cond in this year’s DMACK Fi­esta ST Cham­pi­onship. This car was new to him for the event and a step-up in tech­nol­ogy com­pared to the more ba­sic Fi­esta ST he has pre­vi­ously used. Cur­rie and Brown com­peted on eight world rally cham­pi­onship stages, and set eight fastest stage times in the red hot 1.6 litre class storm­ing to a class win of over four-anda-half min­utes. An im­pres­sive fin­ish to Alas­dair’s first sea­son com­pet­ing on gravel.

‘This is the best re­sult of my ca­reer so far, and only a taste of what’s to come. I drove with a sen­si­ble head and took no risks to make sure I com­pleted the event.

‘Once I tweaked the car setup on Satur­day’s stages I was feel­ing con­fi­dent for Sun­day. My stage times all week­end were con­sis­tent and that’s a very im­por­tant thing in the sport.

‘My whole team has worked hard to make this year hap­pen. We have had some great re­sults, and not dam­aged a car all year. I need to step up an­other level for next year and mov­ing into a R2 class car is the best way to go.

‘This is the nat­u­ral route any driver has to take to progress in the sport. The Bri­tish Rally Cham­pi­onship is ide­ally where I want to be. I’m con­fi­dent we can get re­sults if given the op­por­tu­nity.

‘I can’t thank my spon­sors enough for their sup­port, the car looked great and it was a real credit to all in­volved.’

The iconic Cas­trol liv­ery was sup­ported with var­i­ous lo­cal com­pa­nies such as In­ver­lussa Ma­rine Ser­vices, Mull Hire, Tober­mory Camp­site, Ross Kir­sop Builders and the Pier Café Tober­mory.

Alas­dair Cur­rie dom­i­nated his class at the Wales GB Rally and fin­ished 16th over­all.

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