Mark McCulloch scored his second ever rally victory with co-driver Elliott Edmondson scoring his first when they won today's usedcarparts.co.uk Solway Coast Rally. The rally was shortened from 10 stages to 8 due to earlier incidents which caused delays, but the winners were well in charge by that time.
"I got off to a slow start this morning," said Mark, "but that was down to the wrong tyres. After that, we didn't put a spanner on the car all day. David (Hardie) was pushing hard in the morning but I was able to back off the pace this afternoon, although I was still quite pleased with my times."
Ian Paterson was second: "We were lucky. We went off this morning, and could easily have stayed off, but the 4WD pulled us out of the ditch and back on to the road. I went off twice again after that, but that was my fault."
In third place was Jim Sharp, the ex-Subaru owner now better pleased with his Lancer: "We've sorted the fuel pump problems, but we also found a flat spot which was hampering pick up out of the corners, so it was pulling better today. I'm really quite pleased with third after a steady run.
Steve Retchless was top 2WD car, the Escort finishing in 6th place, with Ian Forgan ninth in the Ford Ka and Scott Russell won Class 2 finishing 10th overall in the wee Corsa. On only his third rally, Angus Lawrie won Class 1 and finished and excellent 12th overall in his Nova.
For the moment our thoughts must be with the two men in Dumfries General Infirmary tonight. One has a suspected coronary condition and the other is there for a precautionary overnight stay, but neither as a result of a rally accident. Such is life.
Top Ten after 8 stages:
1 Mark McCulloch/Elliott Edmondson (Subaru Impreza) 50m 13s
2 Ian Paterson/Jim Haugh (Subaru Impreza) 52m 07s
3 Jim Sharp/Amy MacKinnon (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo9) 52m 24s
4 Richard Dickson/Roger Alcorn (Subaru Impreza) 52m 41ss
5 Stuart Baillie/Lachlan Cowan (Subaru Impreza) 52m 49s
6 Steve Retchless/Iain Tullie (Ford Escort MkII) 53m 53s
7 Richard Stewart/Kenneth Marchbank (Subaru impreza) 55m 05s
8 Duncan Wardrop/Ian Crosbie (Subaru Impreza) 55m 10s
9 Ian Forgan/Kathryn Forgan (Ford Ka) 56m 38s
10 Scott Russell/Adam Russell (Vauxhall Corsa) 57m 40s