Sunday 6 November 2016

Rally - Newby takes Kingdom

Arron Newby won yesterday's Kingdom Stages Rally at Crail but the identity of the new Scottish Tarmack Champion will have to wait until points have been verified. And no, I'm not going to have a go at working them out myself, I'll leave that to bolder and more intelligent folks - like Raymond and Trix!

Anyway, young Newby seized the lead on the first stage and hung on to win by 7 seconds from a closing Alan Kirkaldy in the Escort Mk2. Kirkaldy was in fact quicker on each of the next four stages but the youngster was unfazed and matched his rival's time on the final test to take the win in his Subaru.

Just before the start of the last stage while folk shivered and froze in the wintry sunshine, Newby said: "People keep asking me what I'm going to do on the last stage, take it easy or go for it?" before his Dad interjected: "Just keep doing what you're doing, and you'll be fine." He was right.

Alistair Inglis was slow off the mark on the opening stage too and spent the day catching up, with John Marshall finishing fourth despite having clouted a tyre marker head on. Ian Paterson was fifth and Ross Marshall sixth, but it was Donnie MacDonald who added a touch of fireworks 'sparkle' at the finish when he tipped the Lancer on its ear and sent it sliding along the tarmac. John Paterson went one better when he parked the Escort on its roof and Gary Adam was forced out when Connor (Adam) became unwell in the passenger seat. Not due to Gary's driving of course, but the youngster was unwell the night before but gamely wanted to have a go on the Saturday.

Top ten after 6 (of 6) stages:
1,  Arron Newby,  58m 02s
2,  Alan Kirkaldy, 58m :09s
3,  Alistair Inglis, 58m 27s
4,  John Marshall,  59m 44s
5,  Ian Paterson,  60m 14s
6,  Ross Marshall,  60m 21s
7,  Stuart Baillie,  61m 04s
8,  Alan Gardiner,  61m 35s
9,  Joe McQuillan,  61m 41s
10,  Steven Clark, 61m 45s

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