The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands)
Banchory driver Scott star of the show at Speyside
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.”