Borders crews to fore at snowy Knockhill

SEVERAL Borders crews made the trip north to compete in the inaugural Grant Construction Knockhill Rally on Sunday.

With blazing blue skies and temperatures below zero, the Knockhill scene was more akin to an Alpine event rather than Scotland with a great crowd in attendance.

John Rintoul and Jim Rintoul from Crail came out on top to win the event in their Mitsubishi Evo 9. In second place were Ian Campbell and Lyndsey Paton, also in an Evo,

In third place, and first in their class, were Coldstream’s Des Campbell and Alex Orr in a Peugeot 206, while fifth overall and second in class were St Boswells driver Sean Robson and his co-driver Stuart Cant.

Seventh overall and third in his class was Gareth White of St Boswells in his Citroen C2 and eighth overall, and notching up a great class win, were James Thomson of Melrose and his Coldstream co-driver Alison Woodcock in their Peugeot 206.

The Duns crew of Mike Horne and Robbie Mitchell also took a class win finishing 10th overall in their Ford Escort Mk2.

Also featuring at the top of the leaderboard were the Duns crew of Dale Robertson and Paul McGuire, in their Mitsubishi but they were forced to retire after stage 5. Also retiring after stage 5 were Ayton’s Billy Cowe and Chirnside co-driver Robert Paterson in their Subaru.

Another crew who failing to finish were Nigel and Callum Atkinsion from Lauder in their Metro 6R4 2WD.

A spokesman for Knockhill said: “I can’t praise everyone enough for staging such a wonderful event. All the Border Ecosse Car Club team, volunteers and Knockhill staff worked tirelessly to make the event happen, and without that effort over the whole weekend, the event simply would not have happened.

“Feedback has been awesome too, and I am delighted that the competitors loved the challenges of Knockhill in the snow. A big thank you too to Grant Construction for their help in getting the event running and sponsoring it too. Personally, I can’t wait until we host another rally at Knockhill”.