Kintyre cheeseman in smoking rally action
A seasoned rally navigator sponsored by Mull of Kintyre Cheese has rounded off his motorsport season. Former Campbeltown Creamery manager Chris Wareham and his driver Jonothan MacDonald, in his first racing season, raced their beautifully prepared Peugeot 306 in the final round of the Scottish Tarmac Rally Championships at the Kingdom Stages rally in Fife. The pair finished a good 18th overall and fourth in class three.
Several Argyll crews were out on the stages on the day, some competing for overall championship positions, some out to consolidate class points and some just out for a blast to shakedown new cars or check old ones. Oban’s Angus MacNeil and Sam MacFadyen in Brian Watson’s Mitsubishi Evo 9 finished 14th overall. Eoghan Anderson from Cairnbaan was shouting left and right for Greg Inglis of Montrose in his quick and agile Lotus Exige. They put the hammer down over the last three and were to finish fifth overall and first in class three. Ian Parker, recently announced as one of seven and the only Scot – co-drivers to be selected to join the MSA Academy for 2019, was back in the Honda Civic of Fraser Smith. The Civic screamed its way round the stages to finish in 22nd overall and fourth in class two. Mull pair, Malcolm MacDougall and Stuart MacLean raced the class one Vauxhall Nova to 39th overall and a commendable fourth in class one. Innes Mochrie was once again in the mighty Metro and with someone whom he might listen to in the co-driver’s seat. His daughter, Kirsty, filled the silly seat for this event and after a few first stage detours, they managed to keep speaking right to the end and brought the class one pocket rocket home in 34th overall and a brilliant second in class. Willie and Steven Beattie were out in their dad’s pride and joy as their own Escort had been unceremoniously dumped upside down in a Northumberland river at the previous round of the championship. The boys started to up the pace in the afternoon bringing the car home in a respectable 16th overall and third in class three.
This result was enough to secure second position in the overall championship in class. Jamie Miller continued the learning process with the little Citroen C2-R2Max with Ian McCulloch pointing him in the right direction. A very neat rally from Jamie with very few mistakes saw him finish a creditable 13th overall and second in class two, only beaten by the Scottish Tarmac Champion for 2018 Michael Harbour in his similar Citroen, who was only one place above him after seven stages.
Chris Wareham and his driver Jonothan MacDonald in their Peugeot 306 at the Mach One rally earlier this year.