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2018 Scottish Rally Championship

Posted: January 22, 2018 9:40 AM - 1508 Hits


Posted: January 22, 2018 9:40 AM

Unique reward returns to Scottish Rally Championship for 2018 with an updated prize on offer

Having proven successful in 2017, the SRC Star Driver Award returns to the ARR Craib MSA Scottish Rally Championship for 2018, and will once again commemorate the late John Horton.

Last year the winner was awarded a subsidised entry into a European event of their choice, but this year’s prize is set to be even better.

Along with the SRC Juniors Champions, the outright winner of the SRC John Horton Star Driver Award will benefit from one-on-one driver coaching and set-up advice from multiple rally champion Tapio Laukkunen, with esteemed navigator and African Rally Champion Drew Sturrock also on hand to help the co-driver with pace-note writing and preparation skills.

This is an unrivalled opportunity and will help the wining crew develop a strong start to their rallying career, or hone the skills of more experienced competitors.

“The John Horton Star Drive Award was named in honour of much missed rallying personality John Horton and he was always supportive of talented crews in the sport” says SRC Chairman Gordon Adam.

“In its inaugural year, we enjoyed a very strong fight for the top honour and it was a tough call for our judges. Thanks to Bill Sturrock of Scotmaps, we have secured a fantastic prize and we really hope that it helps progress the rallying career of our inspiring SRC contenders.”

The SRC John Horton Star Driver Award was implemented to recognise outstanding performances from SRC registered crews.

On the Monday after each round of the series, a panel of experts will decide who they considered to have returned the most noteworthy performance on the event. The winner from each round will carry a special Star Driver sticker on their car to recognise their achievement for the remainder of the season.

The nominees will be invited to an end-of-season shoot-out where their skills will be put to the test. The winner of the shoot-out will head to a Scottish forest for their tuition with the 1999 British Rally Champion Laukkanen.

Keith Riddick emerged victorious in 2017, and will compete on the Down Rally in Northern Ireland as his prize. He is grateful for the opportunity the Award has given him.

“The SRC John Horton Star Driver Award has given me a great opportunity to try something different that I may not have attempted without this support,” Riddick said.

“I have only ever competed on asphalt on the Solway Coast Rally, so I am sure that the Down Rally is going to be an exciting challenge and something completely foreign to me.

“As the event is part of the MSA Asphalt Championship, hopefully there will be some seasoned competitors on the black stuff so we can really see how far away we are in terms of speed.”

A name which is synonymous with UK rallying, John Horton first made his mark on the sport as an international co-driver and competed alongside the likes of Russell Brookes, Billy Coleman and Jimmy McRae in a variety of cars and teams. Perhaps the most famous of these was with GM and the Opel brand in the 1970’s.

Outside the cockpit, John was actively involved in rallying, helping to develop the MSA British Rally Championship and its own Star Drive schemes as well as assisting in the organisation of many high profile events across the country. Perhaps though, he is most famous for his media and PR activities, being the voice of the PA system on many UK and Irish rallies down the years.

He also worked as the national press officer for the British Grand Prix and Wales Rally GB at the turn of the century, and is sadly missed by the rallying community after he died suddenly in 2016.

The 2018 ARR Craib MSA Scottish Rally Championship is partnered by Pirelli Motorsport and Reis Motorsport Insurance.

The championship consists of seven forest events across Scotland, taking in over 300 competitive stage miles.

The next round of the SRC is the Snowman Rally on Saturday 10th February.

Keep up to date with all the latest news via the website, Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #SRC18.


Posted: January 19, 2018 9:40 AM

Organisers of the SRC confirm its successful Overseas Support Scheme will continue in 2018

The ARR Craib MSA Scottish Rally Championship (SRC) can reveal that it will once again support competitors travelling overseas to compete in the series, contributing towards ferry costs to all seven rounds of the championship.

The SRC Overseas Support Scheme was launched last year and proved a successful addition to the series, with Irish drivers Marty Gallagher and Paul McErlean among others taking advantage of the support offered.

On receipt of the ferry invoice, any registered competitor will receive a £100 contribution towards costs from the SRC, meaning the series is a cost effective alternative to rallying in Ireland or Northern Ireland. The scheme aims to further encourage Irish and other foreign competitors to come and join one of the most competitive championships in the UK.

Robert Beck, championship co-ordinator believes the Irish contingent were a valuable addition to the SRC in 2017.

“It was great to have the likes of Marty (Gallagher) and Paul (McErlean) in the series and they seemed to enjoy the additional challenges of the events, along with the traditional Scottish welcome” he says.

“Many of the events fitted around their existing commitments and they all kept the championship regulars on their toes. It would be great to see more crews coming across the water this season; we have some great prizes on offer in 2018”.

McErlean and his co-driver Niall McKenna brought their Escort Mk2 across the Irish Sea to contest six of the seven rounds of the 2017 championship. The duo finished sixth in the 2WD Championship, with a best result of second in Class 7 on the Grampian Forest Rally.

“The Overseas Support Scheme was really the main reason we contested the championship last year,” McKenna explains.

“The ferry deal allowed us access to some of the best stages and best competition in the UK or Ireland. It’s so good that we’re coming back this year!”

“We decided to try the Scottish Championship as it was something different,” McErlean added.

“Most of the events have super-fast stages with really good surfaces and we found them to be a lot easier on the car than some of the Irish events.

“I would highly recommend the SRC to any foreign competitors. The discount on ferries is an added incentive.”

The 2018 ARR Craib MSA Scottish Rally Championship is partnered by Pirelli Motorsport and Reis Motorsport Insurance.

The championship consists of seven forest events across Scotland, taking in over 300 competitive stage miles.

The next round of the SRC is the Snowman Rally on Saturday 10th February.

Keep up to date with all the latest news via the website, Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #SRC18.


Posted: January 7, 2018 5:51 PM

Scottish Rally Championship organisers to offer winning Junior driver and co-driver expert tuition from Finnish rally legend, Tapio Laukkanen.

Organisers of the ARR Craib MSA Scottish Rally Championship (SRC) have laid out a huge incentive for budding drivers and co-drivers with the announcement of the prize on offer to the top Junior crew in the 2018 season.

This year’s Junior drivers’ and co-driver’s champion will be coached by 1999 British Rally Champion Tapio Laukkanen and renowned navigator Drew Sturrock in a Scottish forest after the 2018 SRC season has concluded. This prestigious opportunity will be in addition to a free entry to the Wales Rally GB National event in October.

Laukkanen dominated the British Rally Champion for Renault back in 1999 in a Megane Maxi Kit Car, before narrowly missing out on the title in both 2000 and 2003. The Finn recently won the Kenyan National Rally Championship in a Subaru Impreza and has made sporadic outings in the World Championship.

His experience and expertise will prove invaluable to this year’s Junior Champion, who will receive one-to-one driver coaching from him as well as set-up advice for both the team and the crew.

Sturrock, 2017 African Rally Champion will also be on hand to coach the co-driver, with the pair set to work on pace-note writing skills as well as preparation work.

“This will truly be one of the most valuable experiences our young crews and teams will have in their careers and we extend our thanks to Bill Sturrock of Scotmaps for his assistance in setting up the prize” says SRC Chairman Gordon Adam.

“Being able to tap into the extensive experience of someone like Tapio will provide the Junior winner with some intense driver coaching as well as set-up advice which will involve the whole team.

"The co-driver will not be left out either and International co-driver Drew Sturrock will be on hand to offer advice on all aspects of the role. It really does ensure each member of the crew will get something from the day and we are really proud to introduce this to the series in 2018”.

The Junior category has long been one of the most competitive championships within the SRC, with previous champions including Greg McKnight, Thomas Gray and last year’s winner Max Redpath.

Redpath was handed a free entry into the Wales Rally GB National last year where he took third in class with his Peugeot 205.

A driver or co-driver is eligible for the Juniors championship if he or she was born on or after 1st January 1993 and competes in a two wheel drive car with less than 2050cc.

The 2018 ARR Craib MSA Scottish Rally Championship is partnered by Pirelli Motorsport and Reis Motorsport Insurance.

The championship consists of seven forest events across Scotland, taking in over 300 competitive stage miles.

The opening round of the SRC is the Snowman Rally on 10th February.

ARR Craib extend Scottish Rally Championship sponsorship into sixth consecutive year

Posted: November 24, 2017 2:28 PM

As announced at the Scottish Rally Championship Gala Awards evening last week, (18th November) one of the UK’s leading providers of Transport and Logistics services ARR Craib, will become title sponsor of the MSA Scottish Rally Championship for the sixth consecutive year in 2018.

ARR Craib Transport Ltd, which has bases in Aberdeen, Cumbernauld and the north of England, first became involved with motorsport as a stage sponsor of their local event, the Granite City Rally. In 2013, the firm joined forces with the Scottish Rally Championship for the first time which ensured the series would retain its status as one of the most popular rally championships in the UK.

Details of the 2018 ARR Craib MSA Scottish Rally Championship have recently been revealed which will see seven all-gravel rounds make up the calendar, kicking off with the Snowman Rally in Inverness on 10th February. The format of the championship will remain largely unchanged from this year but organisers will soon be announcing a host of incentives which will further enhance the series.

“We are delighted to welcome back ARR Craib to the Scottish Rally Championship for a sixth consecutive year” says Scottish Rally Championship Chairman Gordon Adam.

“The partnership we have forged since 2013 is unbeatable and the championship is only as popular thanks to the support from ARR Craib. The series continues to evolve year-on-year and refuses to stand still. Our incentives such as the SRC John Horton Star Driver Award and Ferry Subsidies ensure we are an innovative, forward thinking Championship and that competitors across the UK have a desire to come and contest the series. It’s thanks to ARR Craib that it is as strong as it is today.”

Eddie Anderson, Chief Executive Officer of ARR Craib Transport Ltd, said he looks forward to further strengthening the very strong bond between the firm and the series.

He added: “The Scottish Rally Championship has always been one of the country’s most popular motorsport events but in recent years, with the foresight and vision of the current organisers, it has become a must-do championship for both drivers and spectators.

“We are proud to once again be the title sponsor for what promises to be a thrilling series of rallies across Scotland, and to support the organisers in their efforts to introduce new elements into the programme so that it can grow even further.”

The ARR Craib Scottish Rally Championship has produced both British and World Rally Champions since its inception in 1968, including the late Colin McRae.

SRC calendar revealed for 2018

Posted: September 26, 2017 9:36 AM

Organisers of the ARR Craib MSA Scottish Rally Championship (SRC) are delighted to announce the official calendar for the 2018 season, the 50th season in the championship’s illustrious history.

The SRC comprises seven exhilarating events across Scotland. Around 100 drivers, navigators and their support crews – watched by thousands of spectators – will tackle gravel forestry tracks during the course of the season in a bid to take the overall championship crown or one of the many other awards on offer at the end of the season.

In an unchanged group of events from this year, the action will once again kick off in Inverness for the Snowman Rally in February, before heading to Jedburgh for the Border Counties Rally a month later. A trip back up north to Elgin follows for the Speyside Stages in April, with the Scottish Rally remaining the fourth round and moving back to its traditional base of Dumfries. The Argyll Stages Rally returns for a second year, retaining its June slot, with the Grampian Forest Rally (Banchory) and Galloway Hills Rally (Castle Douglas) rounding out the season.

“We are very happy with the diverse calendar and incentives we will have on offer to our competitors in 2018,” said Gordon Adam, Chairman of the SRC.

“The Snowman Rally is now our traditional opener, and offers its own unique challenge. From there we travel right across the width and breadth of Scotland on some of the finest forest roads in the UK. Each event is special in its own right so we saw no reason not to continue with the current calendar we have in place.”

The ARR Craib MSA Scottish Rally Championship is partnered by Pirelli Motorsport, Coltel Communications and Reis Motorsport Insurance.

The championship consists of seven forest events across the whole of Scotland, taking in over 300 competitive stage miles.

Keep up to date with all the latest news via the website, Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #SRC17.

Championship Rounds

Posted: September 26, 2017 9:34 AM

  1. Snowman Rally (Inverness) - 10th February 2018
  2. Border Counties Rally (Jedburgh) - 10th March 2018
  3. Speyside Stages (Elgin) - 21st April 2018
  4. Scottish Rally (Dumfries) - 19th May 2018
  5. Argyll Stages Rally (Dunoon) - 23rd June 2018
  6. Grampian Forest Rally (Aberdeenshire) - 11th August 2018
  7. Galloway Hills Rally (Castle Douglas) - 8th September 2018
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