Sunday 2 October 2011

Rally - Thorburn's Day

Darkness was falling in Aberfeldy as the rally winners returned from their sodden day out in the woods with less than 10 seconds separating the top two. This time Euan Thorburn and Paul Beaton had done just enough to hold off Mike Faulkner and Peter Foy. Mike actually lost all brakes just a quarter mile into the final test but Euan was unaware of this so they both reached the McRae Rally finish not quite knowing who had won.

And there's more, Euan clinched the runner-up spot in the Scottish Championship but yet again these two were virtually unseparable. They finished the season on equal points so the tie decided had to be applied. Only problem was they both had the same number of wins, 2nds and 3rds! So it went back to the Snowman Rally where Euan was 2nd and Mike 3rd, so Euan got it. How close is that?

Shaun Sinclair's third place was quite impressive considering he's only had one real run out this season on the Scottish and Malcolm Buchanan claimed a mighty impressive 4th and top 2WD after Joe Price put his MkII off. John Lloyd was fifth despite skelping the Subaru's nose and Matthew Calderwood was sixth.

Calum MacLeod must be chuffed with 7th in the MG ahead of Michael Horne, Chris Collie and Steve Bannister and Fraser Louden went off in the last stage but a bunch of drookit spectators got a rope and pulled him out otherwise he would have stayed there. John McClory was another non finisher when he knocked a wheel off in Craigvinean.

So just how wet was it? My feet are splunging!

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