It was a grand day out for Bruce Edwards and Jim Smith at a warm and sunny (honestly!) Crail yesterday taking a well deserved victory in the Darrian by 14 seconds from Alan Kirkaldy and Don Whyatt in the Mk2. The Tupperware GT was fastest on every stage but one when it outbraked itself going into a hairpin, but unlike many others didn't hit a marker bale or a tyre!
Kirkaldy was merciless in pursuit and although he took 10 seconds out of Edwards on the fifth test, Uncle Brucie snatched back 7 on the final stage just to put the young whipper-snapper in his place!
Much was expected of Gary Adam and his Mk2 in those dry conditions, but third place was more than he hoped for as 19 year old Connor Adam was co-driving for the first time instead of his Grandpop.
There was a great fecht going on for fourth place between the Subarus of John Marshall and Colin Gemmell with just 3 seconds between them going into the sixth and final stage. Gemmell threw it away with a big lock-up while Marshall stuck to his pace to grab fourth by 9 seconds.
Alistair Hutchison was going well in the Renault Clio, first of the FWD cars ahead of Ian Paterson and Bob Grant in Subarus. Gareth White was top 1600 in 9th place overall in the Peugeot 208 by just 11 seconds from the Vauxhall Nova Kit Car of Neil Thompson.
Tom Morris posted the first retirement of the day when the Metro did an extra lap of the first stage. Co-driver Colin Harkness said it was entirely his fault and spent the day kicking lumps out of the tarmac. Mind you, he wasn't the only co-driver who slipped up during the day but that was little consolation - he looked like a Labrador puppy which had its toilet roll snatched away.
John Rintoul broke a driveshaft in the Hyundai and Alistair Inglis was forced out when the Lotus boiled up sitting in the start queue for the fourth stage and it dumped all its water. Barry Renwick was going well in the Proton after two stages when it resumed its previous DCC Stages affliction and refused every effort to fire up for the start of Stage 3. Billy McClelland broke the Opel Kadett's diff and Ross McFadzean was stranded out in the middle of the airfield when the Subaru's electrics died.
Finlay Retson was the class of the field in the Junior Rally winning by almost a minute in his Citroen C1. Ewan Tindall was second in another C1 while Harry Chalmers had to fight hard just to hold on to third. He had handbraked the VW Up! on the first stage and the handbrake lever had jammed on, locking the rear o/s wheel. It wasn't just the tyre he flat-spotted, he did the drum too!
Crail Summer Stages Rally
1, Bruce Edwards / Jim Smith (Darrian T9) 59:04
2, Alan Kirkaldy / Don Whyatt (Ford Escort Mk2) 59:18
3, Gary Adam / Connor Adam (Ford Escort Mk2) 60:21
4, John Marshall / Scott Crawford (Subaru Impreza) 61:03
5, Colin Gemmell / Derek Keir (Subaru Impreza) 61:12
6, Alistair Hutchinson / Andrew Hutchison (Renault Clio) 62:00
7, Ian Paterson / Heather Grisedale (Subaru N10) 62:02
8, Bob Grant / Susan Grant (Subaru Impreza) 62:14
9, Gareth White / Harry Marchbank (Peugeot 208 R2 Vti) 63:09
10, Neil Thompson / Chris Purvis (Vauxhall Corsa Kit Car) 63:20
Crail Summer Junior Stages Rally
1, Finlay Retson / Andrew Falconer (Citroen C1) 53:36
2, Ewan Tindall / Paul Hudson (Citroen C1) 54:30
3, Harry Chalmers / Ian MacIvor (Volkswagen Up!) 54:57
4, Lewis Winder / Mike Baird (Nissan Micra) 56:29
5, Jude MacDonald / Michael Cruikshank (Nissan Micra) 56:51
6, Johnnie Mackay / Gordon Reid (Nissan Micra) 57:17
7, Lewis Haining / Mark Mcculloch (Toyota Aygo) 58:25
8, Lwi Price Edwards / Martin Forrest (Peugeot 107) 58:58
9, Peter Beaton / Kenny Foggo (Citroen C1) 59:01
10, Andrew Blackwood / Steven Smith (Nissan Micra) 60:35