Sunday 30 September 2012

Rally - Bogie in a MkII

The big news in Scotland is that David Bogie and Kevin Rae have entered this Saturday's Colin McRae Forest Stages Rally in a MkII Ford Escort.

“It’s something I always wanted to do,” said the reigning British and Scottish Rally Champion, “as a youngster I saw Colin and Alister McRae in rear wheel drive cars, and before them Jimmy, and this is my chance.”

“Having started in front wheel drive cars with a Vauxhall Nova before moving on to the four wheel drive MG Metro 6R4, Toyota WRC and Mitsubishi Lancer, I never actually got the chance to drive a rear wheel drive car.”

“I got my first taste of rear wheel drive on last month’s Rally Hebrides at Stornoway,” said the 25 year old, “but that was a very different car to the one I’ll be driving this weekend. The first one I drove had a Honda engine, but the car I’m driving on Saturday has a 2.4 litre Duratec (Ford based) engine with Tractive 5 speed sequential gearbox and Reiger suspension. It’s far different to what I’ve been used to!”

Bogie travelled to Ireland yesterday (Saturday) to familiarise himself with the car: “The car actually belongs to Seamus O’Connell, but the deal was set up through a good friend, Derek McGeechan, and he had arranged a test session. Although I had driven a MkII on Rally Hebrides, that was on a tarmac surface whereas this weekend will be on gravel.”

"The big difference with this car is trying to keep it moving on, I’ve got to drift it so that I can get the power on and keep it on through the corners. I did just enough miles yesterday to feel comfortable – and think I know enough to go into the first stage this Saturday with an idea of what it’s going to do!”

“It’ll be good to go out there on Saturday with no pressure,” added David.

There's a full Entry List, Timetable and Spectator info on the website:

But Coltness Car Club have come up with an even better idea, they have put the route on Google maps, although you will have to access the CCC website and follow the instructions to log on. For anyone with a smartphone or tablet on the day it will be ideal - if they can get a signal!

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