David Bogie and Hawick co-driver Kevin Rae increased their lead in the ARR Craib MSA Scottish Rally Championship with a 17 second victory over Duns rival Euan Thorburn on Saturday’s McDonald and Munro Speyside Stages.
The four-times Scottish title-holders were fastest through seven of the nine short Moray forest stages in their Ford Focus WRC to take a fifth victory on the Elgin-based event.
Banchory’s Quintin Milne snatched the final podium spot in his Mitsubishi EVO 9, finishing nearly 90 seconds further back.
Thorburn, also in a Focus, and co-driven by Paul Beaton from Inverness, rued what might have been: “We came here to win, but it’s not been an easy event for us”, admitted the Duns-based driver: “We’ve had problems all day with the damper, and it’s been under-steering a fair bit.
“We got some time back from David during the afternoon stages and were fastest through two of them, but it wasn’t enough, and then we had a stall on the start line of the final stage, followed by fuel pressure problems.
“We’ll try to keep pushing David but there are only three rounds left, so we’re running out of time”.
Jedburgh co-driver Dave Robson helped guide Aberdeen’s Dave Weston to a hard-earned fifth place overall behind the wheel of a Paul Benn Ford Focus WRC.
Among the 2WD competitors, Leitholm’s Kieran Renton, with Carin Logan of Kelso on the notes, had a largely trouble-free day to take top honours in the 1600cc category in their Ford Fiesta R2.
The result means the pair now lead the drivers’ and co-drivers’ standings in the class, with three rounds remaining.
Callum Atkinson from Lauder took a fine second place in Class 3 in his Peugeot 205GTi, and also won the Ecosse 205 Challenge. He was co-driven by Sue Hynd from Inverbervie.