Hills win for Bo­gie

The Galloway News - - SPORT -

David Bo­gie stormed to vic­tory on the Arm­strong Gal­loway Hills Rally on Satur­day.

The Dum­fries ace and co-driver John Rowan won all five stages of the Cas­tle Dou­glas event in their Skoda Fabia R5, Bo­gie getting his name on the win­ner’s tro­phy for the fifth time.

He was 45 sec­onds ahead of run­ners-up Garry Pear­son and Dale Bowen in their Ford Fiesta R5, with North­ern Ir­ish crew Jonny Greer and Liam Re­gan com­plet­ing the podium, also in an R5.

Bo­gie, who is tak­ing part in Wales Rally GB next month, said: “It’s been a great day, es­pe­cially with weather like this to fin­ish with.

“I think if you looked at the weather this morn­ing you would have never be­lieved how it turned out this af­ter­noon but it’s been a fan­tas­tic day all round.

“The stages have been su­perb and the rally is ex­cel­lent as al­ways. There has been some good com­pe­ti­tion too and it’s just one of those days where you can go home very happy.”

More than 45 crews from across the UK and Ire­land took part in the 45th run­ning of the pop­u­lar event, or­gan­ised by Sol­way, Machars and East Ayr­shire Car Clubs.

The start cer­e­mony took place at Th­reave Gar­den and Es­tate. Heavy rain en­sured it would be a tricky start to the day. Nine­time win­ner and Cas­tle Dou­glas ace, Jock Arm­strong, and co-driver Cameron Fair led the field away in his Subaru Im­preza but he had trou­ble with a mist­ing wind­screen.

Bo­gie was fastest out of the blocks, open­ing up a nine sec­ond lead on the first stage and con­tin­u­ing his charge as the rain dried up ahead of the re­turn to the fin­ish at Th­reave.

Be­hind the podium trio was John Wink, in his Hyundai i20 R5, who held off the charg­ing Arm­strong in the clos­ing stages.

The rally was the fi­nal round of the ARR Craib MSA Scot­tish Rally Cham­pi­onship ti­tle, which went to An­drew Gal­lacher and Jane Ni­col in their Ford Fo­cus WRC af­ter ri­vals Don­nie MacDon­ald and co-driver Jamie Ed­wards had to re­tire their Fiesta just half a mile into the first stage.

Dum­fries’ Mark McCul­loch had a great day as he and Michael Hendry fin­ished sev­enth in their older spec Subaru Im­preza.

New Abbey’s Richard Dick­son and Cas­tle Dou­glas’ Roger Al­corn won class nine in their Subaru Im­preza as they fin­ished 12th over­all. Sec­ond in the class was Canon­bie’s John McIl­wraith, who took a com­mand­ing Used Car Parts Subaru Cup win in his Im­preza.

Craig McMiken, from New­ton Ste­wart, and Char­lotte McDowall from Cree­town were 23rd over­all and sev­enth in class 10 in their Mit­subishi Evo 9.

Fraser Wilson, from Port Wil­liam, and Craig Wal­lace, from Kir­riemuir, were 38th in their Evo 9.

Pen­pont’s Greig McKnight and Thorn­hill’s Harry March­bank won the Scot­tish TwoWheel Drive Cham­pi­onship as they fin­ished a fan­tas­tic ninth over­all in their Ford Es­cort Mk2.

Sec­ond in the cat­e­gory was Haugh of Urr’s Keith Rid­dick with co-driver Steven Clark, who suf­fered oil leak is­sues in their MG ZR. How­ever, they came out on top in class three as Cas­tle Dou­glas’ An­gus Lawrie and An­nan’s Paul Gribben went off the road in the fi­nal stage.

Niall Cowan Jnr, from Dum­fries, emerged as the new Scot­tish Ju­nior Rally Cham­pion with a con­sis­tent drive in his MG ZR. He was sec­ond in class one be­hind the MG ZR of Scott Pea­cock, of Cas­tle Dou­glas, and Robin Neil, of Haugh of Urr.

Class went to Don­ald Pea­cock, from Cas­tle Dou­glas, and Mark Roberts, from Dum­fries, in their Peu­geot 205 GTi. Third was the Chrysler Avenger of Cas­tle Dou­glas duo, Alan McMor­ran and Al­bert Con­nelly.

In class four, Jim Robert­son, of Pen­pont ,and Mike Curry, of Thorn­hill, were fourth in their Ford Es­cort Mk2. Cas­tle Dou­glas’ Fin­lay Brock was third in class six in his Ford Fiesta. Dum­fries’ He­len Brown was co-driv­ing for Greig Pol­lock in his Es­cort Mk1 and they won class seven.

Clerk of the course, Michael Rid­dick, was de­lighted with how the event went.

He said: “When the weather drew in this morn­ing we thought it would be a tough day for crews, spec­ta­tors and mar­shals but luck­ily the sun came out this af­ter­noon.

It’s thanks to our spon­sors The Arm­strong Group, our stage spon­sors, Forestry Com­mis­sion Scot­land and the back­ing of Dum­fries and Gal­loway Coun­cil that we could offer crews from across the UK and Ire­land such a great day’s ral­ly­ing.

“Thanks go to our vol­un­teer mar­shals and spec­ta­tors who came out to watch the rally.

“We ex­tend our con­grat­u­la­tions to David and John for their win and of course to An­drew and Jane for the SRC ti­tle.

“We look for­ward to see­ing everyone again next year.”

Ti­tle Niall Cowan Jnr won the Scot­tish Ju­nior cham­pi­onship. Pic­ture cour­tesy of Lind­say Photo Sport

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