October 2022 News
TARMAC AUTOTESTS – 16th & 30th OCTOBER
Due to ongoing issues with our Range Licence which are still not resolved, we had to cancel the Tarmac Autotests.
MEMBERS IN ACTION
Mull Rally (14th – 16th October): the 50th running of the event on the Inner Hebridean island offered almost 150 tarmac stage miles over three legs.
The first casualties were Lee Hastings and son Cole Hastings, who retired their Subaru Impreza on SS4 with a fire. At the end of Friday night’s Leg 1, Joe McKeand and Ian Murray were lying in 81st after finishing the 6 stages, but they and retired before starting Leg 2.
Stewart Dodds and Mark McPherson made it slightly further in the 1400cc Vauxhall Nova, before retiring with a mechanical DNF on the 3rd stage of Leg 2 on Saturday afternoon whilst lying 3rd in the Class. It was better news for club member Mike Baird, made it round in one piece to finish 59th and 5th in Class ‘A’ co-driving for George Winder in the little Nissan Micra.
Congratulations to club member Andy Scott, his wife Aud and the rest of the Albatec team, for successfully running the winning crew, Paul MacKinnon & Paul Beaton, in their Hyundai i20 R5 hire car.
Wyedean Stages (15th October): after his 29th place on our Armstrong Galloway Hills Rally last month, things weren’t so good for club member Chris Rankin on the Wyedean Stages in the Forest of Dean, when he and Colin Martin retired the BWM 318 Compact off-road on the 2nd stage.
Carlisle Stages (22nd October): the final event in the KNC Groundworks Scottish Rally Championship took place on the Scotland/England border near Kielder Water. Dumfries Driver David Bogie may have sealed his 6th Driver title on the Armstrong Galloway Hills Rally last month, but it was still all to play for in the Co-driver section and in a lot of the Classes.
Aiding his Co-driver as best he could, Jock Armstrong and title-contender Cameron Fair had two good opening stage to lie 4th and in the hunt, before a TCA failure dropped them to 8th behind their championship rivals. Rectified in Service, three great times on the remaining stages saw them climb back to 3rd Overall, and after some initial confusion at the end of the event as to whether the event winning co-driver Patrick Walsh had opted to score points or not – he hadn’t – this meant Cameron took the 2022 Scottish Champion Co-driver title by just 1 point. Congratulations.
Despite not feeling well, Angus Lawrie put in a great performance, as he and Paul Gribben finished 4th Overall; matching their best result of the year in the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9.
Jamie Edwards, co-driving for Bob Adamson in the Fiesta Rally2, finished 14th Overall, just ahead of Mark McCulloch and Michael Hendry who had been lying 6th in the Proton Satria Evo, but after some issues with a slipping clutch, they finished the day in 15th. This was all thanks to Dad, John, who ended up having to buy a whole crate of 24 bottles of Coca Cola after being sent to the Burger Van to get some to try and get the clutch as sticky as they could so it would hold on for the final three stages!
Captain Scott Peacock and Craig Wallace were back out in the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 8 for only the second time, putting in promising stage times to finish 22nd. Dad Donald Peacock & Mark Roberts were debuting the newest steed to join the Peacock Rally Team – a historic-spec Ford Escort Mk II – and they finished 33rd. Keith Riddick & Mairi Riddick just had to get round in the MG ZR to score the bonus points they needed to win their class M2 in the championship, and they did that with their 6th win from 6 finishes in 27th place, admitting to a more sedate drive than usual.
After sealing the Scottish Junior Championship on the Armstrong Galloway Hills Rally last month, Robert Proudlock was reunited with Steven Brown, and they were debuting a new car; an Open Adam R2, which is a higher-spec version of the Vauxhall Adam Cup car they’d used all season. Sadly, the car lost power on the second stage and they were forced to retire. Drew Sturrock suffered a DNF on SS1, when he & Hugh Brunton’s Ford Fiesta R5 had a huge spin and ended up beached in the mud. They re-joined for the afternoon’s stages for fun and set three Top 5 times, including fastest on the final test.
Cambrian Rally (29th October): The final round of the BTRDA series took place near Llandudno in North Wales, with 90+ cars taking part. Jamie Edwards, co-driving for Tony Simpson in the Ford Fiesta R2, finished 22nd Overall & 1st in Class R2.
Well done, everyone!
📸 Chicane Media: Niall Cowan Jnr & Callum Shanks on Mull.
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