The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands)

Ban­chory driver Scott star of the show at Spey­side

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Ban­chory’s Martin Scott’s 10th-place fin­ish at the Spey­side Stages in the sec­ond round of the Scot­tish rally cham­pi­onship net­ted him the sec­ond SRC John Hor­ton star driver award of the sea­son.

Co-driven by Daniel Forsyth, Scott dom­i­nated Class 9 in his Mit­subishi Evo IX on the Spey­side Stages, and will now join Paddy Munro in the end of sea­son shootout to win a day’s tu­ition with Fin­nish rally leg­end Ta­pio Laukka­nen.

Scott’s drive was all the more re­mark­able given there was drama be­fore the rally even be­gan.

He said: “We blew the gear­box dur­ing our small test mean­ing we were chas­ing our tail to even make the event. I hadn’t sat in a rally car for 18 months so the event was purely about seat time.

“We set off with a plan to

“Still a lot to come, which I’m hop­ing to show over com­ing events”

get through the morn­ing and then have a big push through the af­ter­noon stages.

“Gartly is, in my opin­ion, the best stage in Scot­land so we knew we could make up time there. We came out of Bal­loch in the lead by over a minute so we just pre­served it from there.”

With so lit­tle re­cent SRC ex­pe­ri­ence, the cousin of Bruce and Scott McCom­bie never ex­pected to re­ceive a prize as pres­ti­gious as the Star Driver Award.

“I try not to be put too much pres­sure on my­self so this award was never on my radar,” Scott said. “When you look at some of the top SRC rivers who have re­ceived this in the past it means a lot to me. If I was for­tu­nate enough to win the test with Ta­pio, it would be an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.”

De­spite san im­pres­sive per­for­mance at Spey­side, work com­mit­ments will pre­vent Scott from com­plet­ing the full rest of the sea­son.

He added: “My ral­ly­ing is re­stricted be­cause I work in Egypt, so the plan now is to com­pete on the Scot­tish and the Grampian and then take it from there.

“There is still a lot to come, which I’m hop­ing to show over the com­ing events.”

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