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Galloway Hills Rally - (Sat) 8 Sep 18

Posted: September 7, 2018 2:58 PM - 1319 Hits

Round 7 - 2018 Scottish Rally Championship

Results: flyingfinish.co.uk

GALLOWAY HILLS SET TO HOST A THRILLING SRC FINALE

Posted: September 3, 2018 3:05 PM

The 2018 ARR Craib MSA Scottish Rally Championship (SRC) will reach its conclusion this weekend in Castle Douglas at the Galloway Hills Rally, with the battle on the stages poised to be hotter than ever with a star-studded entry list and a championship title to be settled.

Andrew Gallacher (Ford Focus WRC) and Donnie MacDonald (Ford Fiesta R5+) both head into round six with a shot at lifting their maiden SRC title, but it’s Gallacher that will start in the box seat thanks to two crucial victories on the Snowman and Argyll rallies.

The drama around the title chase is grabbing all the headlines, but the battle for the rally victory is arguably harder to call, with a whole host of potential winners taking the start.

Favourites to take top honours are David Bogie and co-driver John Rowan in their brand new Skoda Fabia R5. Bogie has won both events he has started this year (Speyside, Scottish) and as a five-time champion of the series, knows what it takes to be quick in the Scottish forests.

Keen to stop him however is local hero Jock Armstrong, who has the chance to extend his record-winning run on his home event to an unprecedented 10 victories. The Subaru Impreza pilot is in good form after winning his first SRC round of the year on the Grampian too, so is one to watch with co-driver Cameron Fair alongside.

Garry Pearson and Dale Bowen will also fancy their chances in their Ford Fiesta R5. Having lacked seat-time for the past couple of seasons, Pearson was delighted to finish just 15 seconds behind Armstrong on round five, and is eager to maintain that form and challenge for victory this weekend.

Freddie Milne and Patrick Walsh are becoming an increasing threat with every passing round in their Subaru Impreza WRC. Having missed out on an overall podium by a matter of seconds twice this season, Milne is targeting his first outright rostrum finish and third in the SRC on the final event of the year.

Andrew Gallacher and 2018 co-driver champion Jane Nicol don’t necessarily need to push too hard on the Galloway Hills but will certainly be in the mix, while Donnie MacDonald and Jamie Edwards are guaranteed to be on the pace, needing to take a top two in the SRC to wrestle the title from Gallacher.

R5 duo John Wink / John Forrest and Lawrence Whyte / Paul Beaton are also capable of scoring a good result in Dumfries & Galloway, with Wink knocking on the door of the podium in his Hyundai i20 and Whyte looking to end a challenging season on a high.

Leading the Mitsubishi contingent as ever are Bruce McCombie and Michael Coutts, who have enjoyed a brilliant year behind the wheel of their Evo IX with a fine podium finish on the Argyll helping them establish a comfortable third in the championship.

Joining them after a six month hiatus are Mike Faulkner and Peter Foy in their similar machine. Having not rallied since the Snowman it will be interesting to see how Faulkner fares, while Michael Binnie and Claire Mole are another Lancer duo expected to go well on the Galloway Hills. Mark McCulloch and Michael Hendry are also in with a shout in their Subaru Impreza.

Aside from the battle to become Scottish Rally champion in the series’ 50th anniversary year, there are a whole host of other titles and classes to be settled in Castle Douglas.

Greg McKnight and Harry Marchbank had held a 100% winning record in the Scottish 2WD Championship right until the very last stage of the Grampian where their clutch let go, but it does mean the Ford Escort Mk2 pairing only need to finish the Galloway Hills to guarantee themselves the title.

Looking to take the battle to them this weekend are Duncan MacDonald / Neil Ross (Ford Escort Mk2), Paul McErlan / Niall McKenna (Ford Escort Mk2) and Gordon Murray / David O’Brien (Ford Escort Mk2), while local driver Angus Lawrie and co-driver Paul Gribben are expected to lead the front-wheel-drive contingent in their Vauxhall Corsa.

John Wink and John Forrest hold a commanding lead in the SRC Challengers, with Alan Dickson and Martin Forrest the only crew capable of stopping them in their Mitsubishi Evo IX. Dickson realistically needs bad luck to hamper Wink to take this title.

The battle to become 2018 Scottish Junior champion is particularly intriguing too. Alasdair Currie (Ford Fiesta ST), Niall Cowan Jr (MG ZR) and Tom Howie (Talbot Sunbeam) are all separated by just six points, and with 12 on offer for a win and all three drivers’ having used their dropped score, this effectively becomes a winner takes all battle. The incentive to win is high too with a free entry into the Wales Rally GB National and a day’s tuition with Tapio Laukkanen and Drew Sturrock up for grabs.

The stage is set for a thrilling finale to the 2018 ARR Craib MSA Scottish Rally Championship. Over 85 crews will start the event, with two of them aiming for the biggest prize in Scottish rallying and their own slice of history.

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

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

The next round of the SRC is the Galloway Hills Rally this Saturday, 8th September.

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

Galloway Hills Rally attracts star-studded entry

Posted: September 3, 2018 2:58 PM

The 2018 Armstrong Galloway Hills Rally is shaping up to be one of the best in the event’s 45-year history, as some of the best drivers in the sport head for Castle Douglas this weekend (8th September).

Over 85 crews from across the UK and Ireland are set to head to Dumfries and Galloway for the popular end of season blast through the local forests, which will also play host to the final and deciding round of the ARR Craib MSA Scottish Rally Championship.

After five rounds, the race to be Scottish champion will be fought out over 43 miles of competitive action in classic stages such as Cairn Edward, Black Loch and Glentrool.

Organised by Solway, Machars and East Ayrshire Car Clubs, the Galloway Hills Rally has traditionally been a must-do event, thanks to being a proud recipient of a Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Major Festivals and Events Strategy 2018-2021 grant.

One hundred per cent of this valuable contribution is used to encourage competitors from far and wide to head to the region for the rally and has drawn significant interest from across the Irish Sea, which has led to a star-studded list of crews set to take part this weekend.

Local hero, event sponsor and nine-time winner of the event Jock Armstrong will lead the crews away on Saturday morning from under the gaze of Threave House in his familiar Subaru Impreza. Armstrong will be co-driven by Cameron Fair and the duo will be hoping to take Armstrong’s winning record into double figures.

However, there is a significant list of crews behind him on the road who will be looking to stop that from happening. Former British champion and five-time Scottish champion David Bogie will wheel out his brand new Skoda Fabia R5 for the rally with Irishman John Rowan alongside. Bogie, from Dumfries, is one of the favourites to take the win and add to his previous two Galloway Hills victories.

Duns resident Garry Pearson showed great pace on the last round of the SRC in his Ford Fiesta R5 and starts at three with Welshman Dale Bowen in the passenger seat. The first of the overseas visitors attracted by the Grant from Dumfries and Galloway Council, Jonny Greer makes a welcome trip over from Belfast to contest the rally in his DGM Sport Ford Fiesta R5, starting at car four.

Another crew to head over from Northern Ireland, Desi Henry and Liam Moynihan bring a Mitsubishi Evo X to Castle Douglas. The County Antrim driver can usually be seen on the British Championship so will be one to watch on the day and rounds off the top five. Niall Henry will also make the trip across the water with his rapid Citroen DS3 R5, with Damien Duffin in the co-drivers seat.

All eyes will be on the fight for the SRC title during the day between Hurlford’s Andrew Gallacher and Inverness driver Donnie MacDonald. Gallacher has already helped co-driver Jane Nicol seal her name on the championship trophy, but will be aiming to take his Ford Focus WRC to the title as well. MacDonald and co-driver Jamie Edwards will need a decent result in their Fiesta R5 if they are to stop Gallacher in his tracks.

Freddie Milne rounds off the top eight and will be hoping to take an SRC podium against tough opposition in his Subaru Impreza WRC at the Hills. Milne, from Aberdeen, has Patrick Walsh in the co-drivers seat and has shown great pace this season and will look to build on his impressive form of late.

Local support is not just confined to the front-runners. Dumfries driver Mark McCulloch starts at car 12 in his Subaru Impreza along with Michael Hendry. Fellow local Angus Lawrie and Paul Gribben will be ones to watch in their rapid Vauxhall Corsa with Haugh of Urr pilot Keith Riddick also sure to be on the pace in his MG ZR.

Spectators will be well catered for during the event and have ample choices to watch the action both on and off the stages. Castle Douglas will be buzzing with anticipation on Friday 7th September as crews carry out the pre-event technical checks and documentation in the town.

On the morning of Saturday 8th, the Threave Castle and Gardens will play host to the start ceremony at 09:00 before heading out to the stages. The stunning natural amphitheatre in the Black Loch stage offers a great chance to see action for almost a minute at a time thanks to a new and extended viewing facility.

Catering and WC facilities will also be provided and cars are set to pass through the stage twice, once at 10:15 and again at 12:45 and is located on the A712 between Newton Stewart and New Galloway.

The rally will then return to Threave where the winners will celebrate success with the traditional champagne spray and podium at around 15:15, which will also see the crowning of the 2018 Scottish Rally Champion.

Seeded Entry List

Posted: September 3, 2018 2:58 PM

1 Jock Armstrong/Cameron Fair (Subaru Impreza) [10]
2 David Bogie/John Rowan (Skoda Fabia R5) [11]
3 Garry Pearson/Dale Bowen (Ford Fiesta R5) [11]
4 Jonathan Greer/Liam Regan (Ford Fiesta R5) [11]
5 Desi Henry/Liam Moynihan (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X) [10]
6 Andrew Gallacher/Jane Nicol (Ford Focus WRC) [11]
7 Donnie MacDonald/Jamie Edwards (Ford Fiesta R5+) [11]
8 Freddie Milne/Patrick Walsh (Subaru Impreza WRC) [11]
9 Bruce McCombie/Michael Coutts (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX) [10]
10 Mike Faulkner/Peter Foy (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX) [10]
11 Lawrence Whyte/Paul Beaton (Ford Fiesta R5) [11]
12 Mark McCulloch/Michael Hendry (Subaru Impreza) [10]
14 John Wink/John Forrest (Hyundai i20 R5) [11]
15 Michael Binnie/Claire Mole (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX) [9]
16 Scott McCombie/Mark Fisher (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX) [10]
17 Greg McKnight/Harry Marchbank (Ford Escort) [8]
18 Fraser Wilson/Craig Wallace (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX) [9]
19 Ian Baumgart/Mike Dickson (Subaru Impreza) [9]
20 Brian Watson/Sean Donnelly (Subaru S11 WRC) [11]
21 Niall Henry/Damien Duffin (Citroen DS3 R5) [11]
22 Alan Dickson/Martin Forrest (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX) [10]
23 Keith Morris/Terry Mallin (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI) [10]
24 Richard Dickson/Roger Alcorn (Subaru Impreza) [9]
25 Tommy O’Connell/Thomas Wedlock (Ford Escort Mk II) [7]
26 Angus Lawrie/Paul Gribben (Vauxhall Corsa) [3]
27 Duncan MacDonald/Neil Ross (Ford Escort Mk II) [7]
28 Paul McErlean/Niall McKenna (Ford Escort Mk II) [7]
29 Keith Riddick/Steven Clark (MG ZR) [3]
30 John McIlwraith/Scott Young (Subaru Impreza) [9]
31 John Rintoul/Ross Hynd (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X) [10]
32 Craig McMiken/Charlotte McDowall (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX) [10]
33 Gordon Murray/David O'Brien (Ford Escort Mk II) [8]
34 Alasdair Currie/Grant MacNiven (Ford Fiesta) [6]
35 Paddy Munro/Seamus MacLean (Ford Escort Mk II) [4]
36 Andrew McCormick/Rudy Tate (Vauxhall Chevette) [7]
37 Steven Wood/Mary Wood (Ford Fiesta RWD) [7]
38 Stanley Orr/Graham Henderson (Ford Escort RS1600) [5]
39 Fraser MacNicol/Sinclair Young (Ford Escort Mk II) [4]
40 Scott Erskine/Michael Gilbey (Ford Fiesta R2) [3]
41 Luke McLaren/Phil Kenny (Honda Civic) [6]
42 Duncan Campbell/Michael Cruickshank (Subaru Impreza) [9]
43 Willie Bonniwell/Angus Kennedy (Subaru Impreza) [9]
44 Kevin Crawford/Claire Martin (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo V) [9]
45 William Nicoll/Dave Robson (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI) [9]
46 Harry Chalmers/Andrew Logan (Subaru Impreza) [9]
47 Ross Hughes/Steven Brown (Citroen C2 VTS) [3]
48 Scott Mcminn/Mary Pierotti (Subaru Impreza) [9]
49 Mike Moates/Kenny Foggo (Subaru Impreza) [9]
50 Tom Coughtrie/Ian Fraser (Mitsubishi Galant VR4) [5]
51 David Forrest/Charlie Carter (Ford Escort Mk II) [5]
52 Derek Connell/Laura A Connell (Subaru Impreza) [9]
53 John o'Kane/Meghan o'Kane (Ford Escort Mk II) [4]
54 Grant MacRae/Martin Bruce (Ford Fiesta ST) [6]
55 Walter Henderson/Linzi Henderson (Ford Escort Mk II) [4]
56 Andy Gray/Tom Murphy (Peugeot 205) [2]
57 Scott Sloan/David Sloan (Peugeot 208) [3]
58 Jim Robertson/Mike Curry (Ford Escort) [4]
59 Douglas Watt/Mark Grierson (Ford Escort Mk II) [4]
60 David Hayton/Derek Adamson (Ford Escort Mk I) [3]
61 Jan Budge/Bruce Lindsay (Subaru Impreza) [9]
62 Pete Barnett/Jim O'Kelleher (Subaru Impreza WRX) [9]
63 Chris McGurk/Liam McIntyre (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X) [9]
64 Joe McKeand/Phil Sandham (Subaru Impreza) [9]
65 Robert Rook/Steve Varey (Ford Escort Mk I) [2]
66 Donald Peacock/Mark Roberts (Peugeot 205 GTi) [2]
67 Niall Cowan/Tony Gill (MG ZR) [3]
68 Scott Peacock/Robin Neil (MG ZR) [1]
69 Gordon Alexander/Ian Clark (Vauxhall Nova) [3]
70 Greg Pollock/Helen Brown (Ford Escort Mk I) [7]
71 Tim Metcalfe/Caron Tomlinson (Ford Escort RS1800) [5]
72 Johnnie Mackay/Rhys Stoneman (Ford Fiesta ST) [6]
73 Niall Cowan Jnr/Thomas Bruce (MG ZR) [1]
74 Finlay Brock/Phil Shaw (Ford Fiesta) [6]
75 Jamie Stewart/David Findlay (Peugeot 205) [2]
76 Kevin Downes/Richard Wardle (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII) [10]
77 Paul Rawson/Graham Wild (Ford Escort Mk I) [5]
78 Fraser Smith/Ian Parker (Honda Civic) [3]
79 Jim Stephenson/Sam Spencer (Talbot Sunbeam Ti) [2]
80 Caroline Carslaw/John Duke (Ford Fiesta R2) [3]
81 David Kirkpatrick/Kyle Kirkpatrick (BMW Compact) [7]
82 Ian Milne/Sandy Milne (Ford Escort Mk II) [5]
83 Ernie Lee/Ian Shiells (BMW 325i) [5]
84 Drew Barker/Shona Hale (Citroen Kettle) [3]
85 Nikki Addison/Rachel Matheson (Peugeot 106 GTi) [3]
86 David Cameron/Douglas Cameron (Ford Escort Mk II) [5]
87 Alan McMorran/Albert Connelly (Chrysler Avenger) [2]
88 Aileen Forrest/TBC (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo V) [9]
89 Neil Coalter/Hannah Cessford (Ford Puma) [3]
90 Finlay Retson/Tom Hynd (Ford Fiesta R2) [3]
91 Ronnie Horne/Wayne Horne (Subaru Impreza) [9]

GALLACHER AND MACDONALD READY TO FIGHT FOR SRC TITLE

Posted: August 31, 2018 4:38 AM

ARR Craib MSA Scottish Rally Championship (SRC) title protagonists Andrew Gallacher and Donnie MacDonald aren’t letting the pressure get to them as they prepare to battle for the 2018 SRC title on the Galloway Hills Rally.

Hurlford’s Gallacher holds a three point advantage over Inverness driver MacDonald as the pair head to Castle Douglas, but with dropped scores considered, that gap stretches to five meaning Gallacher is in the ascendancy ahead of the final round.

The Ford Focus WRC pilot has had a stellar season with co-driver Jane Nicol alongside. Taking a superb maiden win on the Snowman Rally, Gallacher endured a couple of challenging events on the Speyside and Scottish before crucially pipping MacDonald to the win in Argyll.

A solid fourth place to MacDonald’s sixth last time out on the Grampian means Gallacher is in control of his own destiny on the Galloway Hills, with navigator Nicol already scooping up the co-drivers’ title such has been the pair’s consistency.

MacDonald’s task is a little trickier. Even if he beats Gallacher on round six, he needs others to get between him and his rival to take the title. The Ford Fiesta R5 is a car that didn’t suit the 2016 Snowman winner last year, but more seat time and subtle changes to his driving style has allowed MacDonald to fly with the potent machine.

With two podium finishes to his name (Snowman, Argyll) this season has been a marked improvement for MacDonald, although the last handful of rounds have caused frustration as the pace has been there to, at the very least, challenge for the win.

The championship permutations are fairly clear for both drivers. If Gallacher beats MacDonald next weekend the championship is heading to Hurlford, whereas for the title to head north for the first time since 2008, MacDonald needs to finish no lower than second. Should MacDonald finish second Gallacher must be no lower than seventh, while if he wins Gallacher can afford to be fifth or higher to still take the championship.

We just need to be sensible,” Gallacher admitted.
“The Galloway Hills is one of the events I go better at. I’ve never really done a full championship so I don’t get as familiar with the stages as maybe some others do, but I’m a bit more comfortable on this event. I just need a clean run without pushing any limits, which I should be capable of.

“Half-way through the year I knew the championship was still wide open. Jock [Armstrong] still had a chance and Mark McCulloch was doing pretty well when he had no problems so at that point I thought I might struggle, but Donnie and I always end up having a good battle so I know if I put my mind to it I can beat him.”

MacDonald meanwhile has been left to rue some mistakes and misfortune that have made his job a lot harder.

“The improvement we’ve shown in the car over the last couple of events has been absolutely fantastic, but there’s bits of pieces like the stall in Dunoon and the puncture on the second stage [of the Grampian] that ultimately haven’t helped,” he said. “We’ve had loads of little pieces of bad luck all at the wrong time.

“I’m just going to go and try my hardest and try and put the car in the top three, and we’ll see what happens once we are onto the podium. I’m not approaching this rally any differently to any other. It’s pretty much Andrew’s championship to lose.”

The 2018 ARR Craib MSA Scottish Rally Championship has lived up to its fiercely competitive reputation all year, and it doesn’t look like that’s about to end on the Galloway Hills Rally. While all attention will be on the title scrap, the battle at the front is set to be hotter than ever with series stalwarts David Bogie and Mike Faulkner returning to join the likes of Jock Armstrong, Fred Milne and Garry Pearson, making the battle for victory one not to be missed.

As for the championship, the honour of winning the title this year will be that little bit sweeter for either Gallacher or MacDonald in the SRC’s 50th anniversary year, with it arguably being that more special for Gallacher who would seal a slice of history by ensuring that 10% of all Scottish Rally Championship titles will have been won by a Gallacher. Andrew’s father Drew won the series four times in 1973, ’78, ’79 and ’80.

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

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

The next round of the SRC is the Galloway Hills Rally on Saturday 8th September.

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

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