Wilson’s a wonder
Motor star shines in rally
RSAC SCOTTISH RALLY
Iain Wilson stole the show as he won the Scottish Two Wheel Drive Championship on the RSAC Scottish Rally on Saturday.
The Dalbeattie driver and co-driver Chris Williams were nearly half a minute ahead of the rest in their Ford Escort Mk2.
It was the third different winner of the class in the three KNC Groundworks Scottish Rally Championship events so far this season.
Overall victory on the rally went to Dumfries’ David Bogie and co-driver John Rowan in the Skoda Fabia R5, giving him a record-equalling sixth success on the Scottish.
Second was Euan Thorburn in his Ford Focus WRC with Garry Pearson completing the podium in his Ford Fiesta R5.
Fourth went to the Subaru Impreza of two-times Scottish Rally Championship winner Jock Armstrong from Castle Douglas.
He and co-driver Cameron Fair were a lonely fourth after suffering a puncture on stage five.
The BMW of Dumfries’ Mark McCulloch and Michael Hendry was fourth in class eight with Helen Brown of Auldgirth helping William Pollock and his Ford Escort Mk1 take third in class seven.
Scott Peacock from Castle Douglas and Robin Neill from Haugh of Urr won class one in their MG ZR ahead of the similar car of Dumfries’ Niall Cowan Jnr and Thomas Bruce.
Colvend’s Bryan Gourlay and Dalbeattie’s Scott Gourlay were second in class two in their Peugeot 205 GTi, one place ahead of the Chrysler Avenger of Castle Douglas duo Alan McMorran and Albert Connelly.
In Class three, Niall Cowan Snr of Dumfries was third in his MG ZR, codriven by Callum Shanks of Castle Douglas.
The next round of the Scottish Rally Championship is the Argyll Rally on Saturday, June 22. ALBATEC RACING The team begin their season this weekend when they head to Silverstone for the World RX of Great Britain.
The Northamptonshire track is a happy hunting ground for the Lochfoot-based team as it was there that they won the British Rallycross Championship with Mark Higgins last year.
The Manx driver will be back behind the wheel of one of the team’s Peugeot 208 RX Supercars this weekend, his second appearance on the world stage.
Team principal Andy Scott said: “We’re delighted to be competing once again at our home World RX event and to continue our collaboration with the National Centre for Motorsport Engineering at the University of Bolton.
“Silverstone is a track on which Mark has had considerable success at national level, securing the British Rallycross Championship there last year.
“With the welcome continued support of Eddie Stobart, Motis, Rock Oil and Teng Tools, we look forward to returning to the track on which he made his World RX debut in 2018.
“I am sure he’ll put on another strong performance and I’m confident a semifinal appearance is easily achievable.”
Higgins added: “I’m really excited to be getting back behind the wheel of the Albatec Peugeot 208 and taking on the World RX regulars at Silverstone. Last year’s event was a bit of an eye-opener, it was only my fourth rallycross outing, but I thoroughly enjoyed it and we achieved significant results against the factory teams and drivers.
“During my first season in rallycross I learnt a lot, so I’m looking forward to putting that into practice later this month.
“Thank you to Eddie Stobart for their continued support of myself and the collaboration between Albatec and the University of Bolton and to all our sponsors and partners.”
Flying Mark Higgins behind the wheel of an Albatec Peugeot 208 RX Supercar.
Winners Iain Wilson and Chris Williams at the RSAC Scottish Rally in Moffat on Saturday.