Alistair ‘The Elder’ Inglis won to-day’s Arbroath Stages Rally at a canter from Greg ‘The Younger’ Inglis. With service crew turned co-driver David Coutts, the Inglis Ford Fiesta R5 finished the 40 stage mile event 24 seconds clear of t’other Inglis in his Lotus Exige with Ian Parker on the notes.
Completing the podium line-up was Dick Dastardly stunt double, ‘Dangerous Des’ Campbell putting in a storming drive in his Peugeot 206 with Craig Forsyth. There was nothing James Gibb and Charley Sayer Payne could do to reel in Campbell despite their efforts in the glorious sounding BMW E30.
On only their third ever rally, Stephen Sawley and Rob Johnson were 5th in their Ford Escort Mk2 beating the Historic spec Escort Mk2 of Richard Wheeler and Martin McCabe rounding off the top six.
Scott McCombie was on course for a possible top three finish till a puncture cost him over a minute and Ross Auld was well up for the fight till suspected head gasket failure on the penultimate stage. Drew Barker cowped the Corsa when a front wheel dug into a hole but he and Shona Hale were OK although Shona bruised her right elbow – the one she uses to dig Drew in the ribs when he needs a ticking off!
Archie Swinscoe and Barry Young won the Junior 1000 Rally by 26 seconds from Tom Johnstone and Ian McRae both crews in Skoda Citigos.
There will be a report and photo in next week’s ‘Motorsport News’ and a more detailed report after that in the ‘jaggybunnet’ on-line mag.