Saturday 19 May 2018

Rally - Bogie Back on top form

David Bogie was in imperious form on today's 4WD RSAC Scottish Rally winning by over a minute, but said it wasn't as easy as it looked: "When Jock (Armstrong) got a puncture on the second stage and dropped half a minute that eased the pressure right away," said David, "the stages were hard and it was a case of managing the tyres to make sure I didn't get punctures."

Mark McCulloch scored his best Scottish Championship result with second place behind Bogie: "I was having a good fight with Freddie (Milne) and I actually got away with it twice on the last stage, and Freddie didn't, so I was lucky. We had two massive moments and got away with it both times. It could so easily have been us and not Freddie."

Rory Young was also quite surprised to finish on the podium: "At Service with two stages to go, I didn't expect this at all," said Rory, "We didn't start that well. This was the first time I had Paul Beaton co-driving and we didn't really click till the fifth stage. That's no criticism of Paul, just me, but I feel genuinely sorry for Freddie, he just simply ran out of room and fell off the road."

John Wink scored his best Scottish Championship finish with 4th place ahead of a subdued Donnie MacDonald with Bruce McCombie rounding off the top six.

Lawrence Whyte had been holding 4th place till he slid off the road in the penultimate test and Freddie Milne was holding second place by 3 seconds from McCulloch at the start of the final test and just overcooked it trying to fend off Mark. Armstrong picked up his second puncture of the day on the final stage too: "My fault, "said Jock, "I ran wide on a bend and a tyre punctured."

Top Six:
1, David Bogie, Fabia R5, 42m 38s
2, Mark McCulloch, Fiesta R5, 43m 49s
3, Rory Young, Fiesta R5, 44m 08s
4, John Wink, i20 R5, 44m 24s
5, Donnie MacDonald, Fiesta R5, 44m 28s
6, Bruce McCombie, Lancer Evo9, 44m 58s

(Full report will follow in the on-line mag later in the week.)

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