Michale Glendinning and Paul Hughes scored a maiden win in their new Subaru on to-day's Grant Construction Stages Rally at Knockhill. The pair pulled out a slender lead over the first two tests and then just pulled away from the rest of the 44 car entry to win by over 40 seconds from Mark McCulloch.
Glendinning (38m 15s) was full of praise for his new DMack tyres at the end of the 'test session' but it was surely young Mark McCulloch (38m 59s) who scored the 'drive of the day' on only his second outing in the 1600cc Proton.
There was little change to the finishing order once the organisers had sorted out the Notional times caused by a couple of incidents on the fifth stage with Gareth White finishing a scintillating third (39m 26s) in his Citroen and giving the crowds an entertaining lift on the final stage of the day harrying a 2 litre Ford Escort on the fast expanses of Knockhill tarmac.
Fourth was Jim Sharp (39m 27s), from Ian Forgan (39m 49s) and Bruce Hay sixth in his wee Nova on 40m 01s. Ross Hunter was 7th in the Peugeot 205 (40m 06s), from Chris Collie (40m 41s), Neil Thomson in a Corsa (41m 22s) and rounding off the top ten was Wattie Warwick on 41m 22s.
Last year's winner, John Rintoul, failed to finish when a wire broke on the throttle position sensor stranding the car mid stage and Dale Robertson's excellent run and rally lead disappeared when the engine "shit itself", apparently a technical expression which will need to be explained to those of a more tender disposition.