Ti­tle race goes to the wire

Jock needs Gal­loway Hills win to de­fend his ti­tle

The Galloway News - - SPORT -

The fight for this sea­son’s ARR Craib Scot­tish Rally Cham­pi­onship will head to the Ste­wartry next month.

The Arm­strong Gal­loway Hills Rally is the final round of this year’s cham­pi­onship and is set to fea­ture a fight be­tween de­fend­ing cham­pion Jock Arm­strong from Cas­tle Dou­glas and Garry Pear­son from Duns.

And it looks like Arm­strong and co-driver Paula Swin­scoe will need to win in their Subaru Im­preza to keep a hold of their crown af­ter they fin­ished third on Satur­day’s Col­tel Grampian Stages.

The event was won by John Mac­Crone and Rhi­anon Gel­somino in their Ford Fi­esta with Pear­son and Rob­bie Mitchell third.

Arm­strong said: “I’m look­ing for­ward to the last round. It is home turf for me which won’t help Garry but bring­ing peo­ple like John Mac­Crone into the mix as well, that helps the cham­pi­onship so you look for­ward to other years and other ral­lies.

“Well done to John, he drove well, and well done to Garry too.”

Iain Wil­son from Dalbeattie and Keith Rid­dick from Haugh of Urr were sec­ond in class 11 in their Subaru Im­preza.

The pair fin­ished 12th over­all, one place ahead of Keith’s sis­ter Mairi who was co-driv­ing the Mit­subishi Evo 8 of Ross Macdon­ald.

In the two-wheel drive classes, Bridge of Dee fa­ther and son Don­ald and Scott Pea­cock fin­ished third in class three in their Peu­geot 205 GTi.

But Cas­tle Dou­glas’ An­gus Lawrie had to re­tire his Vaux­hall Corsa in the two-wheel drive class.

The ti­tle de­cider will be on Septem­ber 10.

Ti­tle bid Jock Arm­strong and Paula Swin­scoe on their way to win­ning round 2 Brick & Steel Bor­der Coun­ties Rally in the Tweed Val­ley ear­lier this year Pic­ture cour­tesy of Ed­die Kelly Motorsport Photograph­y

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