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Solway Coast 2013
Solway Coast Rally
The Solway Coast Rally was the seventh round of the Blue Scottish Tarmack Rally Championship. The slippery conditions resulted in several accidents and two stages were cancelled while the stages were cleared.
After eight action-packed stages Mark McCulloch and Elliott Edmondson took the victory in their Subaru Impreza followed by Ian Paterson and Jim Haugh. Jim Sharp and Amy MacKinnon finished third and Richard Dickson and Roger Alcorn were fourth.
Stuart Baillie and Lachlan Cowan finished just eight seconds behind in fifth, making Baillie the highest placed STRC registered competitor. He said, "The pace was there, we got quicker throughout the day. We came here aiming to beat the rest of the STRC competitors and we managed to achieve that."
Blue STRC championship leaders Ian and Kathryn Forgan were back out in their Ford Ka following their accident at Crail earlier in the season. They finished ninth overall and second in class.
Scott and Adam Russell had a good result, finishing tenth overall and first in class. Scott said, “The only problem we had was when it rained and we were on the wrong tyres. We’re happy with that result, it’s only the second note rally we have ever done.”
Craig Gibson and Chris Lees lost time after an accident on the first stage but managed to recover and finish 20th overall and third in class. Gibson said, “I was heading downhill and when I braked for the corner there was no grip as the road was damp and slippery so I went straight on into the grass and we got stuck. My navigator and two marshals helped push us out. It was my first event using pacenotes but I got used to them and enjoyed using them after the first stage.”
Stuart Walker and Julie McGuire failed to finish after the clutch blew on their Evo 9 on stage one. Walker said, "We nursed the car through the next few stages hoping to get a finish. We took it to bits after stage four to replace the clutch but the parts we had weren't suitable so we decided to retire. There are still four events to go so we're hoping we can still get a good result in the championship.”
Words: Ashleigh Morris
Solway Coast Rally Overall Results
Mark McCulloch/Elliott Edmondson Subaru Impreza 50:13
Ian Paterson/Jim Haugh Subaru N10 52:07
Jim Sharp/Amy MacKinnon Mitsubishi Evo 9 52:24
Richard Dickson/Roger Alcorn Subaru Impreza 52:41
Stuart Baillie/Lachlan Cowan Subaru Impreza 52:49
Steve Retchless/Iain Tullie Ford Escort 53:53
Richard Stewart/ Kenneth Marchbank Subaru Impreza 55:05
Duncan Wardrop/Ian Crosbie Subaru Impreza 55:10
Ian Forgan/Kathryn Forgan Ford Ka 56:38
Scott Russell/Adam Russell Vauxhall Corsa 57:40
Solway Coast Rally Class Winners
Class 1: Angus Laurie/William Paul Vauxhall Nova 58:07
Class 2: Scott Russell/Adam Russell Vauxhall Corsa 57:40
Class 3: Steve Retchless/Iain Tullie Ford Escort 53:53
Class 4: Richard Dickson/ Roger Alcorn Subaru Impreza 52:41
STRC 2013 Awards Diner
SCOTTISH TARMACK RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP
AND DUNFERMLINE CAR CLUB
ANNUAL AWARDS DINNER
GRANGE MANOR HOTEL,
Glensburgh, Grangemouth, FK3 8XJ
23rd November 2013,
7.00 for 7.30 pm
On behalf of Dunfermline Car Club I invite you to our annual awards dinner when we acknowledge the triumphs, efforts and contributions of those who have made our sporting season the success it has been. Please book early and return the booking form as soon as possible as numbers are limited. I look forward to welcoming you all on the evening.
Below are links to the Booking and drinks per-order forms.
Dunfermline Car Club
DCC Stages Report 2013
DCC Ingliston Stages 2013
The competition was strong for the Dunfermline Car Club Ingliston Stages, with the entry list filling up weeks before the event which consisted of 41 miles over eight tarmac stages.
Chris Anderson and Chris Thirling won the event by 32 seconds, followed by Nick Runcie and Gary Muir who lost time on stage one after going off at the second corner but managed to fight back to get a strong result in their Citroen Saxo. Ross Fernie and John Young completed the top three.
Last year’s event winners Bruce Edwards and Jim Smith were quickest on the first stage but were forced to retire after hitting a kerb on stage two and damaging a wishbone, wheel and dampener.
Richard Stewart and Robin Nicolson failed to finish after an accident on stage four. Nicolson said, “We were catching the car in front of us, got to the split and there was a wee bit of indecision ahead of us. We committed to go right and the car in front changed his mind, there was a bit of contact and we totalled the car. But it’s a rallying accident, these things happen.”
Stephen and Louise Hope had a strong result, finishing eighth overall and first in class in what was their first rally since the McRae Stages in 2008. James Thomson and Alison Woodcock were the highest class 1 finishers, in their first outing in the Vauxhall Nova.
Bill and Sara Hamilton impressed the scrutineers with their Opel Kadett and picked up the award for Best Prepared Car.
Ingliston Overall Results
Chris Anderson/Chris Thirling Ford Fiesta 53m 20s
Nick Runcie/Gary Muir Citroen Saxo 53m 52s
Ross Fernie/John Young Subaru Impreza 54m 10s
Ian Forgan/Kathryn Forgan Ford Ka 54m 42s
Stuart Walker/Julie McGuire Mitsubishi Evo 9 55m 25s
Bill Hamilton/Sara Hamilton Opel Kadett 56m 01s
Chris McCallum/Peter McCallum Ford Escort MK2 56m 10s
Stephen Hope/Louise Hope Ford Escort MK2 56m 13s
Gerry Gaffney/Jane Nicol Mitsubishi Evo 3 56m 19s
Paul Ballantyne/Graham Bruce Renault Clio 57m 01s
Ingliston Class Winners
Class 1: James Thomson/Alison Woodcock Vauxhall Nova 59m 33s
Class 2: Allan Brodie/Cameron Fairbairn Ford Escort MK2 57m 11s
Class 3: Ian Forgan/Kathryn Forgan Ford Ka 54m 42s
Class 4: Stephen Hope/Louise Hope Ford Escort MK2 56m 13s
Class 5: Stuart Walker/Julie McGuire Mitsubishi Evo 9 55m 25s
Blue Scottish Tarmack Rally Championship Update
Following a strong start to the season, Stuart Baillie failed to finish at Ingliston, losing his championship lead to Ian Forgan. Baillie, who admits the venue isn’t his favourite event, lost second gear on the first stage and was forced to retire after a gearbox failure on stage three.
After finishing fourth overall at Ingliston and winning his class, Ian Forgan now leads the drivers championship by 14 points from Stuart Walker while Baillie drops to third.
Kathryn Forgan tops the navigators standings ahead of Julie McGuire, while Jane Nicol, Chris Lees and Graeme Meins are tied in third.
Ian Forgan said the Ingliston venue was well suited to their Ford Ka. “It’s not a powerful car but it is a nimble car so the shorter straights and the change of directions suit it. It feels very early in the season, there’s a long way to go and we don’t know how many rounds we will do but we’re pleased to be leading the championship. It’s a good position to be in.”
Round four of the Championship is the Jim Clark Reivers Rally on 2nd June.
STRC Drivers Standings
1 - Ian Forgan Ford Ka 68 points
2 - Stuart Walker Mitsubishi Evo 9 54 points
3 = Stuart Baillie Subaru Impreza 49 points
3 = Ross McCallum MG Maestro 49 points
5 - Ross Fernie Subaru Impreza 39 points
STRC Navigators Standings
1 - Kathryn Forgan Ford Ka 64 points
2 - Julie McGuire Mitsubishi Evo 9 56 points
3 = Jane Nicol Mitsubishi Evo 3 49 points
3 = Chris Lees Vauxhall Corsa 49 points
3 = Graeme Meins MG Maestro 49 points
Words: Ashleigh Morris Images: David Hatrick
DCC Ingliston Stages 2013