Armstrong and Fair to compete on Moffat track
Stewartry rally fans won’t have to go far to enjoy a piece of the action this weekend.
For the battle for the KNC Groundworks Scottish Rally Championship is heading to Dumfries and Galloway with the RSAC Scottish Rally on Saturday.
And plenty of local crews are making the short trip to Moffat to test themselves on the challenging forest stages at Twiglees, Castle O’er and Ae.
Leading the Stewartry charge is two times Scottish champion Jock Armstrong from Castle Douglas. He and co-driver Cameron Fair took second place on the Speyside Stages and will be looking to go one better as they bid to close in on championship leaders Euan Thorburn and Paul Beaton.
His competition will include five times title winner David Bogie from Dumfries and co-driver John Rowan who was in contention on the Speyside before he suffered a broken steering rack on his Skoda Fabia R5.
The four-wheel drive section also features Canonbie’s John McIlwraith who’ll have Jonathan Fowler in his Subaru Impreza, with Thornhill’s Harry Marchbank co-driving for Thomas Gray in his Mitsubishi Evo 9.
The leading contenders in the twowheel drive championship are Iain Wilson from Dalbeattie and navigator Chris Williams. They are aiming to make up for their Highland disappointment when they suffered a clutch failure in their Ford Escort Mk2.
Their competition will include the BMW E30 of Dumfries’ Mark McCulloch and Michael Hendry. There’s also a Ford Escort Mk1 from William Pollock who has Auldgirth’s Helen Brown on the notes.
Scott Peacock from Castle Douglas and Robin Neil from Haugh of Urr are competing in class one in their MG ZR. Scott’s dad Donald will be joined by Irish navigator Donnchadh Burke in his Peugeot 205 GTi as he bids for class two honours.
But he’ll face competition from the Chrysler Avenger of Castle Douglas duo Alan McMorran and Albert Connelly as well as the Peugeot 205 GTi of Colvend’s Bryan Gourlay and Dalbeattie’s Scott Gourlay. They have the honour of being first on the road with the two-wheel drive classes taking to the stages ahead of the four-wheel drive machinery.
Class three sees Callum Shanks of Castle Douglas co-driving for Dumfries’ Niall Cowan Snr in an MG ZR as well as the Peugeot 208 of Dumfries pair Scott and David Sloan.
And Jim Robertson of Penpont and
Mike Curry ofThornhill are competing in class five in a Ford Escort.
More than 80 crews will be set on their way from Moffat at 9am on Saturday, tackling around 40 competitive miles across six stages before they return to the town at around 4pm.
There will be entertainment in the town all day or spectators can head out to the stages to watch the cars being put through their pages.
The first car is expected at Castle O’er at 10.20am and again at 3pm with the Ae stage at 12.40pm.
As well as being part of the Scottish championship, the rally is also part of the Border Challenge Rally Championship, the Northern Historic Rally Championship and the Armed Forces Land Rover Championship.
Wheelwork Jock Armstrong and Cameron Fair set for RSAC Scottish Rally