Wil­son’s a won­der

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Mo­tor star shines in 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.

Photo: Ed­die Kelly Mo­tor­sport Pho­tog­ra­phy.

Win­ners Iain Wil­son and Chris Wil­liams at the RSAC Scot­tish Rally in Mof­fat on Satur­day.

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