Sunday 13 November 2011

Rally - MacJob Done

Away from the champagne fizz and firecrackers on the finishers’ podium on this year’s Wales Rally GB was a rather more modest celebration when John MacCrone and Stuart Loudon celebrated their Class 6 winning, 23rd overall placing in the Tunnocks  / Palletforce Ford Fiesta R2 – with a cup of tea and some Tunnocks tea cakes.

This magnificent result brought an otherwise disappointing season to a rather more successful conclusion with John commenting at the finish: “It has been awesome! A hard rally, and we had a game plan which involved being sensible after a bad year. We made it to the end which was the whole point and I hope next year to get some money together to do the WRC Academy, hopefully with some Scottish sponsors!”

It’s worth mentioning here what the WRC Academy Cup for young drivers is all about. There were six events in this year’s series culminating in this weekend’s Wales Rally GB. The Academy Cup is for aspiring young drivers in identical Ford Fiesta cars competing for one of the biggest prizes in rallying - a €500,000 first prize!

This inaugural year of the series was won by Irishman Craig Breen, partnered by Welshman, Gareth Roberts. After dead-heating on points with his Estonian rival, Egon Kaur, the decision went to a tie decider in favour of the 21 year old from Waterford.

So if anyone out there wants to get involved with MacCrone and Loudon next year, drop me a line and I’ll put you in touch. They need some serious backing to get a campaign up and running. This could be our big chance to get another young Scot into the World Rally Championship.

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