Tuesday 6 January 2015

Rally - Knockhill Stages

There were no on-event reports from the Grant Construction Knockhill Stages at the weekend, because it was far too cauld! It was cold enough to freeze the bollards off a traffic island. There was no way I was going to leg it from the paddock to the public car park each time to access the laptop. Besides I would have had to take my hands out of my pockets to get my wrist stamped by the guy on the gate.

By all accounts it was a good event. Icy and slippery in the morning and damp and still slippery thereafter. There will be a short report in ‘Motorsport News’ tomorrow and I’ll publish a longer report later. Suffice to say Michael Glendinning won comfortably. Following  a couple of spins on the 5th out of 8 stages he was tied with Ian Paterson but opened up a gap again over the final three tests. Stuart Walker was getting quicker all day and just managed to pip Ian on the final stage to grab the runner-up spot. And best drive of the day? It must have been young Scott MacBeth. First time out in his 1600-ised (formerly 1400cc) Nova, he was seventh overall.

Final Results:
1, Michael Glendinning/Paul Hughes (Subaru Impreza) 48m 33s 
2, Stuart Walker/Julie McGuire (Skoda Fabia S2000) 48m 53s 
3, Ian Paterson/Helen Brown (Subaru Impreza N10) 48m 58s
4, Alan Kirkaldy/Garry Muir (Ford Escort Mk2) 49m 46s
5, Jim McDowall/Charlotte McDowall (Subaru Impreza N10) 49m 58s 
6, Charlie Shaw/Alan Stewart (Subaru Impreza) 50m 01s 
7, Scott MacBeth/Andrew Falconer (Vauxhall Nova) 50m 48s 
8, Paul Ballantyne/Graham Bruce (Renault Clio) 51m 12s
9, Ross Hunter/Gary White (Peugeot 205) 51m 19s
10, James Gibb/Billy Gower (Subaru Impreza) 51m 31s

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