Title race goes to the wire
Jock needs Galloway Hills win to defend his title
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