Cumulative Challenge Results Table After the Park

 

 

                 

Crew

Snowman

Border

Granite

Garelochhead Coaches

McRae

Speyside

Park

Total

Juniors

               

Jane Nicol

 

10

10

10

10

9

12

52

Robbie Dale

12

 

12

12

 

12

 

48

Andrew Hunter

 

12

   

12

10

 

34

           

Dropped Score

   

Regulars

               

James Vickers/Andrew Pemberton

12

12

12

12

0

12

 

60

Barry Stewart/Evelyn Bailey

   

10

 

12

   

22

                 

Stage Fastest

               

Robbie Dale

6

 

4

5

1

6

 

22

James Vickers

 

6

 

1

 

2

 

9

Jane Nicol

 

3

       

4

7

Andrew Hunter

 

3

   

2

   

5

Barry Stewart

       

2

   

2

Co-drivers

               

Andrew Pemberton

12

12

12

12

 

12

 

60

Bobby Mitchel

12

 

12

12

     

36

Mark Hunter

 

12

         

12

Sean Owen

 

10

         

10

 

 

Autumn Cup

McRae

UK RC4

Speyside

Park

Kingdom

 

Jane Nicol

10

0

8

12

 

30

Robbie Dale

0

12

10

0

 

22

Andrew Hunter

12

0

9

0

 

21

James Vickers

0

0

12

0

 

12

Paul Gibson

0

10

0

0

 

10

Barry Stewart

9

0

0

0

 

9

 

 

 

Arnold Clark Thistle Hotels Snowman Rally

 
 

Youngster Robbie Dale produced the drive of his life to win the opening round of Scotland's newest rally championship, the Ecosse 205 Challenge. And the 19-year-old, driving competitively for the first time on a loose surface, outperformed many more established drivers in the treacherously icy conditions which dominated the Arnold Clark-Thistle Hotel Snowman Rally in Inverness.

Not content with winning the Ecosse 205 Challenge, young Dale eventually finished a stunning 24th overall out of the 95 starters in the first round of the New Pig Scottish Championship and was 14th quickest through the day's final demanding stage high above Loch Ness.

"I just can't believe it," the trainee mechanic from North Berwick said when he returned, beaming, to rally HQ. "This has been the best day of my life. I never, ever thought it would go this well."

And Dale's result was achieved in tandem with his 16-year-old mate Bobby Mitchell who was co-driving/navigating for the first time. "Honestly, we drove through the first two stages like a couple of grannies," Dale admitted. "There were a huge number of first for the both of us, so the last thing we wanted to do was stuff the car into a ditch. But as we got more confident we just got faster and faster."

By his own admission, Dale allowed himself to get carried away a couple of times on the last stage ­ "I took a few crests too fast and I got very, very sideways on one corner" ­ even catching, and overtaking the more experienced Niki (correct, Niki) Cleland, son of former touring car ace John. But already Dale's looking forward to the next round. "We'll get a little bit of practice in the car, once we're repaired all the bumps and bruises it has, before we head to Jedburgh for the Borders Rally," he explained.

The second-placed Ecosse 205 Challenge car was driven by Moray Firth Radio presenter Tich McCooey from Inverness and co-driven by Thurso's Suzanne Hossack. The 47-year-old driver admitted taking time to adapting to two-wheel drive.

"Aye, it's been a while since I rallied a car like this," he admitted, "but it's been terrific fun. The conditions were atrocious in places and I have to admit, the times Robbie put in were sensational."

 

Here we go again - James Vickers- Andrew Pemberton- Car 71

After a last minute panic we managed to find a lamp pod so that we could do stage 6 and see where we were going. We set off for Inverness, for some reason my mind was on other things so we ended up heading for Aberdeen! ( that's the problem when co-drivers drive ) so after a scenic diversion my brain was back on track and we arrived in Inverness. After doing a few improvements to the car it was off to the noise check which the old girl passed with flying colours, we collected our spill kit and went for yet another type of Silverstone tyres for the event. I was starting to get quite worried at scrutineering as Rab had not arrived with our log book, just in the nick of time he arrived and after he explained to the other scrutineers about the 205 rules we were on our way to signing on. Since it was 12 years since I was last at the Snowman I was surprised how many things had not changed, one good addition was the pace notes which Bill had done a super job of. So after a meal in HQ it was off to the B+B.

The morning of the event was very cold and sunny and after a bit of last minute tinkering it was off to the stages. SS1 was very patchy with snow and lots of blind ice making it very difficult, after a couple of moments we decided to take it easy. SS2 was much better and we were a bit happier, at junction 8 we were greeted by Richard Lord who gave us a moony as we went past. SS3 was good until a spin close to the finish allowed a hard charging Robbie to catch us, we let him past and followed to the finish. SS4 went well and we were happy with the times. As the bolt for the door had sheered I was confined to the car as the boys tie wrapped the cage to the door handle. SS5 was again very patchy and we decided to go for a finish rather than throw the car off. At the service before SS6 they were letting cars in early to try and close the gaps up, however on checking out early we were giving 15 mins of road penalty despite asking if we were allowed out without incurring penalties. The reason we did this was to try and get to the start of SS6 with some daylight left, however the stage was stopped so our plan had failed. The stage was again very icy and James was complaining that the back brakes had packed up.

On the road back to Inverness we had a chance to reflect on the day, we were very pleased at how things had gone. With the engine only putting out 95bhp the engine will be sorted for the Border Rally. It was great to see so many faces from the past and to receive their encouragement. Peter did a super job for the absent David and ran around collecting times etc. At the prize giving we were delighted to win the Regular Class and finish 51st and also happy for Robbie who collected a bucket full of awards. So come on guys lets see you out on the Border.

 

 

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 Brick & Steel Border Counties Rally

 
 

Red Light for Robbie : Green for Neil

Robby Dale's worst fears were realised when he failed to exit Stage 2 - a broken drive shaft stopping progress. This was a shame as Neil Wallace came out of the blocks running in his first event with his new car and there would certainly have been some entertainment between the "new boy on the block" and the "old boy" (Sorry, Neil) . Running further up the field than the other Ecosse 205 Challengers, Neil put this to good advantage as he opened up a good lead over the first couple of "proper stages" - 2 and 3. Neil kept this up and set some very competitve times against other fancied runners in the general up to 1600 class. He ended up 3rd in this class - being beaten by Simon Hughes in the Clio and Ryan Champion in the Puma. No shame there then. Proving that the 205 still has a lot of potential. Not being too modest, Neil quoted afterwards "I drove like my grandmother for a lot of the rally!!!" (Really, who is your grandmother ?- DIGB) Neil would have collected maximum points in the Regular Class and the Stage Fastest category of the Ecosse 205 Challenge but the points were withheld when it was realised that he had not used the correct regulation tyre for the event. This was a real blow as the mistake arose through misinterpretation of the wording in the regs. However, "Rules is rules" as they say. (Somewhere!!)

Following in behind Neil and collecting maximum points in the Regular Class and Fastest Stage category was James Vickers from the Isle of Man. Another steady run with a very down on power engine bagged another nice set of points. More power is being searched for before the Granite.

Our two novices in the Junior Class - Andrew Hunter and Jane Nicol - kept it all together and finished 97th and 98th from start positions of 115 and 116. And no, there was not a bit of string between the 2 cars but this could be taking team bonding a bit far!!! Both admitted to getting bolder and more confident as the day went on and are now raring to go on the Granite.

The event of course was marred by the accident that claimed the life of Roy Herron. Roy's death is a great loss to everyone in Scottish motorsport. He had already been involved in our Championship by giving advice etc to Andrew Hunter. Roy was a great ambassador for rallying and a passionate supporter and his loss will be greatly felt. Our thoughts are with his family

 

 

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 Granite City Rally

 
 

Scotland's brightest young budding rally star, Robbie Dale from North Berwick, extended his domination of the inaugural Ecosse 205 Challenge with victory in the Granite City Rally in Aberdeen. But the 19-year-old apprentice technician only clinched his second win of the year after a white-knuckle ride through the closing 10.7-mile stage at Fetteresso when the brakes on his Peugeot 205 1.6 GTi failed. Then, as if to make matters worse, on the road section back to rally HQ in Aberdeen, his clutch failed. "Pretty exciting," a clearly thrilled Dale, co-driven by 16-year-old Bobby Mitchell and now supported by Edinburgh company Jarvie Plant, beamed afterwards. "We were only a mile into the stage when the brake pedal went to the floor and I thought 'Oh shit'. But we had no alternative but to try and make it to the end. "And we did it, basically flat-out all the way. We had a few scary moments when we weren't able to slow down as much as I would have liked, but we got to the end with a fantastically quick stage time." But Dale, who finished a stunning 26th overall in the Granite, the third round of the New Pig Scottish Rally Championship, in addition to winning his class in the rally, is still talking down his chances of winning the first Ecosse 205 Challenge, the one-make, low-budget series which uses Peugeot 205GTis and offers a first-foot-on-the-ladder entry into rallying. "There are plenty events still to go for other people to catch us," he admitted. "But before the next round next month we've got a huge race to get the car basically rebuilt. It's taken such a battering through those stages. They're the roughest I've ever been through."

Dale's sentiments were backed by Edinburgh's Jane Nicol. The McKay Motors sales exec was also forced to battle through the final stage when her Peugeot lost every gear except third. "On top of that, we had a puncture with about five miles to go," Jane, celebrating her 21st birthday, explained. "When we got to the end of the stage, the new MRF tyre was still in place, but the wheel rim was battered, bent and barely hanging on to the car. "But I was determined to finish and score some championship points which is exactly what I've achieved." Jane's achievements were all the more laudable after she revealed she'd only been allowed out of hospital 36 hours before the start of the event having been rushed in with severe stomach pains. "The doctors thought it was appendicitis, but thankfully it wasn't," she said having finished second in the Junior category. "I was kept in for a couple of days observation but there was no way Iwas going to miss the Granite."

Stirling's Barry Stewart made his first appearance in the Ecosse 205 Challenge and finished a creditable second behind James Vickers (Eairy) in the Regular class despite it being the first time he'd driven the car and the fact he spent every spare moment on the phone to his partner who was in the early stages of labour. "I've spent the day trying to clear my mind of the fact I'm about to become a dad," Stewart admitted before jumping in a car and heading south. "The car was a little bit underpowered for my liking, but we'll get it sorted for the next round."

 


View From the Co-ordinator's Seat

The Granite City Rally is better known for snow and ice and car breaking stages. This year could not have been different. Glorious sunshine and the wonderful stages South of Aberdeen made for a cracking rally.

The Ecosse 205 Challenge entrants were in their element again and despite the non appearance of a few more cars, everybody got stuck in. Barry Stewart was a new recruiit having just bought Neil Wallace's (the E205C car that won on the Border Counties) car on the Thursday and turned up at the start with his new car, new co-driver Lesley Bailey and 1 spare wheel!!! Finished well in 39th place overall and was getting the hang of things by the end. He also won Best Improvement in Seeding in the main event and the E205C. Not bad for first time out in 8 years!! Leading Regular team James Vickers and Andrew Pemberton were out in their newly fortified 205. A session on the rolling road finding more power. The rumour that they had bought 4 cases of wonderful wine from Barlow's Choice at the start and were using that in the unleaded was checked at the end by stand in Tech Scrutineer Willie Greig and found to be false. Albeit, Willie did take a second glass from the tank for sampling!! James put the new power to good use to get closer to young gun Robbie Dale but a puncture on SS3 slowed them down. A good finish in 33 overall though.

In the Junior class, Andrew Hunter did not make it to the start of the event. Jane Nicol was celebrating her 21st birthday and behaving very unruffled and mature with stand in co-driver Karen McCormack, over from Ireland for the "crack". Considering that Jane was in hospital on Wednesday night with a drip stuck in her arm, it makes her efforts all the more worthy. It was all going well until SS3 - puncture - and then in SS4 the gearlever took on the behaviour of a "spurtle in a pan of porridge". Not ones for giving up, they lifted the bonnet mid stage, 'phoned the service crew and started "fiddling" about. Call it Border's engineering or the "luck of the Irish" they found 3rd gear. Well you can only use one at a time so they finished the stage and made it back to the finish with seconds to spare to record a finish.

However, out in front and having a grand day was Robbie and Bobby. As the fancied favourites in the main class hit trouble, they not only took the lead in the E205C class, they also took the lead in the up to 1600 class and held it over SS3 and SS4. Now when you have no brakes to stop you and no clutch to get you going, most people would give up. Not Robbie. He started SS4 with no brakes, knackered the clutch using the gearbox to stop and still held onto his class position. Fantastic.

Thanks for a very exciting day folks.

DIGB

Your co-ordinator

 

 

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 Garelochhead Coaches Rally

 
 

Scotland's brightest young rally star, North Berwick's Robbie Dale, was celebrating with Coca Cola after continuing his domination of the inaugural Ecosse 205 Challenge with victory in the Garelochhead Coaches Rally in Balloch. The 19-year-old, co-driven by 16-year-old Bobby Mitchell, suffered an arduous day in the treacherously slippery forest stages in the Cowal Peninsula in his two-wheel-drive Peugeot 205 GTi. While many of the more powerful and experienced drives in their turbo-charged four-wheel-drive cars struggled in the torrential rain, Dale kept his car pretty much on the straight and narrow. In addition to winning the Ecosse 205 Challenge, he was also 25th over all in the field of over 70 starters. But Dale's success was down to an empty Coca Cola tin as much as his driving ability. "After we knackered the wheelbearings in the first stage when we slid wide into an embankment, we finished the second stage with a huge whole in the exhaust," Dale explained after returning to rally HQ at Loch Lomond Shores. "I thought we were going to struggle to get back on the road, but then one of the mechanics came up with the bright idea that we join the two ends with a Coke tin and two jubilee clips. Not only did it work, but it held till the end of the event." His eventful day though wasn't complete. He negotiated the final stage with no brakes. "Bit scary, but we're getting a bit used to it," he laughed. "Our brakes have a habit of failing."

Duns-born Jane Nicoll meanwhile suffered her first car damaging "OFF". "We spun midway through the final stage and clattered a cliff," the Edinburgh-based driver explained. "We did a fair amount of damage to the car but we managed to get it going and limp to the end of the stage."

 

 
 

Co-ordinator's View

 

What a day!!! Not a midge in sight but plenty "low cloud"!!

"Do you like me in this umbrella!!!"

Four Ecosse 205 Challenge crews left the very impressive start venue at Loch Lomond Shores to tackle some of the best that Argyll has to offer. 2 stages later they arrived in Dunoon just as the rain did the same thing. And that was how it was for the rest of the day. Robbie Dale and Bobby Mitchel stamped their authority on proceeding over these first 2 stages but the car was showing the battle scars. Luck was on their side in more ways than one, as Barry Clark had parked his Corsa up after SS1. Robbie therefore led the E205C and Class 3 on the event. He held on to these leads throughout the day and once again collected an array of silverware.

James Vickers and Andy Pemberton started a bit casual over the first 2 stages but managed to find some tricks in his bag to take the E205C stage fastest on SS3 when he beat Robbie. See, it is possible. The times were also close on SS4 - 12 seconds. However, James and Andy came unstuck on the long SS5 when the back stepped out of line at over 80mph and they ended up off the road on top of a tree stump. Nearly 20 mins were lost while the car was manhandled off the stump and back onto the track. Caution ruled the day in the final stage but they finished to bag another full set of points in the Regular category.

Jane Nicol was out "trying" another co-driver - Neil Anderson - another visitor from across the Irish Sea studying at Heriot Watt Uni. The variation in co-drivers has nothing to do with Jane's driving but regular registered co-driver Sean Owen is being sidetracked by his "dayjob" - a traffic policeman. This was Jane's first experience of "mud and glaure"!!! She put up a very brave show until the last stage when the slippery downhill conditions on Ardgarten (the forest across the road from Rest and be Thankful) caught her out and she clouted "a cliff face" damaging suspension etc. However, they did manage to get spectators to manhandle the car back onto the track and record a finish.

Andrew and Mark Hunter were out on only their second E205C event in their self prepared ex road rally 205 GTi. After a very healthy start to SS1, their rally came to an end near the end of SS2 when the car first went onto 3 cylinders, then 2 cylinders and then caught fire. In true rally form, Andrew kept his foot to the floor until he could not see for the smoke coming from under the bonnet. Whilst the engine is "knacked", the good news is that the rest of the car did not suffer too much as they got the fire out quickly. Speaking to another 205 competitor later in the day they did a deal to purchase another engine from his "stock of spares". That is what the E205C is all about. Big drama for Andrew but not too big a bill.

Thank you Guys and Gals, for another stirring day. (Despite being almost forgotten at Prize Giving!!)

Your Co-ordinator

David Barlow

 

 

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The Colin McRae Forest Stages

 
 

Tough Going for Ecosse 205 Challengers

The forests of Perthsire proved a bruising experience for all the Ecosse 205 Challenge competitors plus our Southern visitor. It was a tough one. Punctures were the order of the day plus some serious car damaging scenery if you did not stay on the black stuff - only just scoring higher than if you did stay on the road!!

At the end of the day, it was a delighted Andrew Hunter/Stephen Graham ,(1st Junior and Autumn Cup and 2 stage fastests) Jane Nicol/Carin Logan (2nd Junior and Autumn Cup) and Barry Stewart/Leslie Bailey(1st Regular and 2 stage fastests) who survived the course - battered and bruised. In fact the 2 highest placed cars (Andrew and Jane) were escorted from the Finish ramp back to the Ice Rink for post event scrutineering by an immaculate Police BMW X5. Nothing strange there you might think. However, neither of them had much in the way of exhaust from the manifolds back. The Tayside Police certainly did temselves proud in their sympathetic handling of the whole rally.

James Vickers/Andrew Pembewrton were the first to go when an engine bracket broke and the rubber mount rested on the exhaust until it caught fire. Exit crew quickly and both fire extinguishers were used to put the blaze out. The car was not badly damaged but the crew were out. Their first retiral. Richard Welsh (team manager and Bacon Buttie cook extraordinaire) had to cease cooking in service and dispose of his freshly made buns - £3 a time was a wee bit steep, Richard!!! Next it was the turn of new lad Peter Start with Roy McLennan beside him. One nice shiny new black thing punctured on SS1 and after stopping to fix it, they had problems with gear selection and the engine finally would not start. Early bath. But at least they still had a car with most of the bits pointing the right way. Pacesetter Robbie Dale was next to leave the fray after SS2 when the clutch mechanism disintegrated (after a couple of exciting runs through SS1 and SS2). And we lost our Southern visitor in the last stage. Stefan Davis went off into a ditch about 2.5 miles from the end of SS5. Ditches can be ok but the big rock (well bit of mountainside) that he encountered on the way into the ditch did serious damage to the car. Stefan reckons a reshell as they can see daylight through the bulkhead.

The 3 finishers also suffered various maladies during the day. Andrew Hunter ran out of wheels - he "b------d" 5 he reckons; had no exhaust at the end and was rescued by Barry Stewart's service crew who helped stick a self tapper in the sump to stop the oil pouring out after SS5. Barry himself had plenty to contend with. Mostly in the brake department. He drove at least 2 stages with no brakes at all and there was little confidence in whether they would work or not on the other 3. Punctures also hit him as he was another to end the day with no spares (he even borrowed one from Jane and punctured that as well) Jane had gear selection problems after SS1 and lost her exhaust and most of the sumpguard in SS5. She had to borrow a spanner at the stage end to undo the remaining bolt and put the remains of the guard in the back.(Who says girls cannot get spanners out and do a bit of screwing ??Am I allowed to say that??? However, the wee car was obviously enjoying the punishment as it then refused to stop when the ignition was turned off.

 

 
 

Co-Ordinator's Bit

The Ecosse 205 Challenge resumes on the Colin McRae Forest Stages after a 2 month break since the Garelochhead Rally. Most cars have undergone major repairs since then:

Robbie has just about replaced everything

Jane has a new subframe, front wing and other bits

James Vickers/Andrew Pemberton have undergone an engine rebuild

Andrew Hunter has a new engine

Barry Stewart has a new rear beam

 and all crews are itching to get going again. They have not been able to relax totally during the break as David Barlow has had every crew involved in some sort of promotional activity for the Autumn Cup - static and moving displays at the Scottish Rally and French Connection Hot Hatch Day at Knockhill, plus static displays at the Scottish Motorsport Show and The Jim Clark Memorial Rally. Interest continues to be strong.

The Autumn Cup has attracted 5 new competitors so far but only one will appear at the McRae. Peter Stark, 19, from Aberdeen is going for the "baptism by fire". He will drive Roy McLennan's Challenge spec 205 GTi on his first ever forest rally. Peter joined some other Challengers for a "play" around Knockhill at the recent French Connection Hot Hatch Day and showed himself not too shy in coming forward to give it "some welly" in front of a big crowd. We wish him well and his progress will be monitored by his mentor and co-driver Roy McLennan.

Also on the McRae, we will be joined by a far travelling Stefan Davis from Kent - a competitor in the English 205 Challenge. Stefan is very keen to get miles behind the wheel of his car so that he can challenge for glory in the English 205 Challenge. He will be welcomed into the body of the Ecosse 205 Challenge as if he was one of our own.

Unfortunately, we have lost one of our big hopes for future stardom. Guy Amor - an ex biker and leading hot hatch exponent - registered in the Challenge before the Snowman but did not get his car ready in time. However, just after the Snowman he entered into negotiations with the importer of BMWs into Australia to move down under and he finally accepted a job at the end of May. This is a great shame because not only is Guy a promising driver, he is also a Pug 205 nut. We wish him well.

 

 

 

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UK Rally Challenge 4

 

 

 

Different views of our 2 finishers at UK Rally Challenge 4.

Robbie's "Other" Driving position - under the back axle!!!

 

Paul Gibson was fair chuffed (Yes, that is a Border's smile).

 

Only 4 Ecosse 205 Challengers made it to sunny Knockhill. Stefan Davies was a no show. I must have put the frighteners on him!!

The event was terrific. (And not just because I helped set the stages up) The weather was super and the track format has now developed into a very fast and safe configuration. The relaid rallycross track is superb - best with 650bhp!!! There were no major incidents despite the number of very fast WRCs present.

Robbie Dale/Glenn Patterson collected max points in the E205C Autumn Cup after another fraught but spirited day with rear axle problems. Robbie and his team must now be the world experts in 205 back axles - how to break them and how to fix them!!! They finished 31st but Robbie did not collect his usual 1st in class. Apart from rear axle problems, the other reason for this was that the E205C competitors had to run control MRF KNOBBLIES. Not ideal for Knockhill tarmac (the event was about 60/40 tarmac/loose). At the end of the day Robbie was less than 20 secs behind the class winning Nova. Not bad.

The only other finisher was Paul Gibson/Kerry Telford, first timers out in their self built 205 Challenge car. Paul ran his own rally and it was a pleasure to see the joy and satisfaction on their faces at the end of each stage.(Or was it relief, Kerry?) Paul built up his speed during the day and was starting to record respectable times by the last 2 stages. This is what the Ecosse 205 Challenge is all about.

Peter Stark from Aberdeen was the first retiral after stage 1 with a cooked engine. There will be burning of midnight oil in Aberdeen this week to get the car ready for the Speyside.

Next to hit trouble was Andrew Hunter who broke a driveshaft on SS3 (must be all that power) and then borrowed a drive shaft in order to come out in the afternoon and broke that one as well. Some more work required for the Speyside.

Jane, Barry Stewart and James Stewart were there to add moral support. And the guy scurrying about making changes in the 00 4x4 was Andy Pemberton. A real team effort. (And yes, the guy running the Passage Control in the morning was your co-ordinator!!)

 

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Little the Jewellers Speyside Stages

 

All E205C competitors agreed that this had been the most enjoyable and best organised rally of the season. Congratulations from us all to Neil Shanks and his team at 63CC.

 

 

 

 

 

Robbie Dale clinched the Ecosse 205 Challenge Championship by scoring 6 stage fastest times. He cannot be overtaken now. Apart from that he did not have his usual sparkling day because of punctures. Had to stop on Clash, 3 miles in to change a front wheel. Finished 40th overall - not his usual.

 

James Vickers/Andrew Pemberton had a good steady day coming home highest placed E205C and picked up max points in the Autumn Cup plus scoring 2 stage fastest times.

 

Andrew Hunter/Steven Graham had another very eventful day but did get the car to the finish and were awarded the "Spirit of the Rally" award. On SS4, a vital part of the gear linkage under the car was ripped off. They did not have a spare so at service, while Andrew's brother Mark was sent to a scrapyard for another, Andrew and the service crew tie wrapped a 10mm spanner in place of the missing bit and they went to do SS5 - Clash, the longest in the rally, - with the makeshift repair. No problems until they dropped a rear wheel over a ditch and rolled a couple of times in the ditch before coming to rest on their wheels. Spectators helped them back on the stage and away they went . After all this high drama, they only dropped 4 mins to James Vickers who had a clear run. On the next stage, the bonnet flew up and they had to drive peering around it to the end of the stage. More time dropped. But it was a delighted Andrew and Steven who collected the very fine bottle of Speyside malt from the organisers for the Spirit of the Rally.

Jane Nicol/Carin Logan were running at number 69. That was the first problem!! However, these girls are out to enjoy their rallying and after they had recovered all the wheels and tyres that they had lent out to other crews on the McRae, they headed for the stages. They picked up road penalties for misinterpreting the organisers changes re time for booking into second service (well if it is good enough for Colin McRae it is good enough for Jane). Jane went on to rearrange the rear end of the car in a big spin. Much tape and work from Dad the service crew made the car roadworthy and all went well until the new exhaust came adrift on the last stage and had to be tied up from inside the car. However, they soldiered on to the end and picked up the 1st all female crew award. Then it was party time

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