Sunday 26 February 2017

Rally - Snowman finals

Snowman News & Gossip now in the online mag - old age, the Blues Brothers and new sweary words, plus "readin'n'writin' with numbers!

Saturday 25 February 2017

Rally - Snowman classes

Full roundup of all the Classes from the Snowman Rally now in the on-line mag. Just the News & Nonsense and Highland shenanigans to come.

Friday 24 February 2017

Rally - Snowman report

That's the main headline report from the Snowman Rally now published in the on-line magazine. Class Roundup to come, followed by 'News & Nonsense'.

Wednesday 22 February 2017

Rally - Knockhill Chatter

If you thought Scottish rallying was going to get any more sensible this year than last think again. Getaway cars, excess weight and dangerous cooking - just another typical day amongst rally folks, that's the News & Gossip from the Grant Construction Knockhill Stages Rally now in the on-line mag.

On another point, some of you may have noticed a slight change in the Snowman Rally report in this week's 'Motorsport News'. Although the main report was compiled by MN's erstwhile, long serving (long suffering?) Northern British rallying correspondent the Class roundup section actually bore the name of Stephen Brunsdon.

Stephen has been reporting on motor races all over Englandshire for the past two years for the weekly paper, but has never been to a rally. As part of his 'apprenticeship' and exposure to other forms of motor sport, MN thought it a good idea for him to get some rally experience. In their wisdom they sent him to shadow yours truly.

My thanks to all of you who made Stephen feel welcome in this harsh and alien environment. It makes you realise there are many things we take for granted in this sport, from Stage Bogey Times to Route Notes, from 'Target time' to 'dead time', not to mention a complicated class structure, but I thought 'the boy dun good'!

Just one thing, I'm not sure if I helped him or put him off. Time will tell.

Whatever, I'll put the main, comprehensive after-rally Snowman Report up on Jaggy's website later this week with Class roundup and the usual News & Gossip to follow.

Saturday 18 February 2017

Rally - Bogie wins Snowman

David Bogie and Kevin Rae scored the first victory of the 2017 ARR Craib Scottish Rally Championship season in Inverness. They finished the rally almost a minute clear of Shaun Sinclair and Jamie Edwards. Bogie was in imperious form all day in the Skoda Fabia R5 while Shaun Sinclair raised a few eyebrows with his pace in the Subaru Impreza. Second time out in the car he reckoned there is more to come from the car and from himself in the car: “Jamie was telling me to ‘push, push’ at times,” said Shaun but I was lifting and feathering slightly just not wanting to risk it. All I need is a bit more confidence.”

Euan Thorburn fought back to third place first time out in his new Fiesta R5 after striking a rock in the opening stage: “It damaged a rear track control arm,” said Euan, “and the wheel was left pointing outwards. Then we bent a rim in the third stage. I thought I had a puncture. We were lucky.”

Jock Armstrong finished just off the podium in his rebuilt Subaru Impreza with Rory Young fifth in his Fiesta R5. Steven Clark was on course to round off the top six until the final stage when Bruce McCombie took 16 seconds out of him in 11 miles to clinch the position by 2 seconds: “I don’t know where that came from,” said Steven, “fair play to Bruce that was a fantastic time.”

Mark McCulloch was 8th in his Lancer ahead of Mike Faulkner first time out in a new Lancer: “It’s been a learning day,” said Mike, “I’ve learned a lot, and the car was getting quicker by the close of play.”

Rounding off the top ten was Donnie MacDonald, last year’s winner, first time out in a Fiesta R5: “It’s been a fantastic day and the car’s been fantastic,” said Donnie. “I’ve had a ball. I’m happy with tenth but it could have been better. I got stuck in a chicane in the third stage and just couldn’t get reverse. I lost 40 seconds or so, but it wasn’t the car’s fault, I just lost the head with myself!”

Quintin Milne finished just outside the top ten in a Lancer in 11th place after a wee indiscretion on the first stage and Greg McKnight was going well till the brakes failed in his Lancer in the final stage and he didn’t finish.  

For once there wasn’t a trace of snow or ice on the Jurys Inn Arnold Clark Snowman (Snowfree?) Rally with some folk complaining about the lack of snow and others happy to be free of the “bluidy stuff”.

Bogie was certainly happy running DMacks for the first time: “The last stage was smoother than the others and I really had to lean on the tyres – the grip was there. The stages were good but a bit slippery and muddy in places. I really enjoyed that.”

(More in Wednesday’s ‘Motorsport News’)

Top Ten:
1, D Bogie, Skoda, 37m 51s
2, S Sinclair, Subaru, 38m 49s
3, E Thorburn, Fiesta, 39m 11s
4, J Armstrong, Subaru, 39m 13s
5, R Young, Fiesta, 39m 50s
6, B McCombie, Mitsubishi,39m 59s
7, S Clark, Mitsubishi, 40m 01s
8, M McCulloch, Mitsubishi, 40m 09s
9, M Faulkner, Mitsubishi, 40m 15s
10, D MacDonald, Fiesta, 40m 38s

Thursday 16 February 2017

Rally - Knockhill report

Full report from last weekend's Grant Construction Knockhill Stages Rally now on-line. News & Gossip will follow next week.

Full Report here:

Stay on the track Quintin!

Class 3 winner, Ross Hunter

Class 2 winner, Gareth White

Class 1 winner. Michael Robertson