Arm­strong and Fair to com­pete on Mof­fat track

The Galloway News - - SPORT -

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

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