Brydon shows class with fourth in National event
DUNS driver Douglas Brydon notched a career best fourth overall in the Jim Clark National Rally at the weekend.
Co-driven by Dave O'Brien, Douglas set some blistering times in his Subaru Impreza during Friday and Saturday and was challenging for outright victory throughout the two days.
After the street stage in Duns, Douglas set the second fastest time on the long and twisty Abbey St Bathans stage and at the end of the first day was lying in third position.
On Saturday he kept up the pace and was delighted to finish top Scottish driver, fourth overall and second in class.
"The car never missed a beat," explained Douglas.
"We caught and passed four cars on the Abbey St Bathans stage which was a bit scary and we had a spin on Eccles during the rain but other than that we had no trouble."
"To finish fourth behind two World Rally Cars and Simon Mauger was more than we could have hoped for and the local support we received on the stages was tremendous."
The rally was won by Hereford's Damian Cole and Craig Drew in their Ford Focus WRC with Simon Mauger (Bicester) and Ashley Trimble (Ramsay) second in a Ford Escort Mk 2 and John Stone (Blackburn) and Lee Carter (Tamworth) third in a Skoda Felicia WRC third.
Borders crews were well to the fore with Duns driver Dale Robertson and his Tranent co-driver Paul McGuire finishing an excellent seventh overall and first in class in their Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9.
Dale said: "We had a great tussle with Doug all day but suffered problems with the diff and gearbox which cost us a bit of time. Other than that the car went well."
Jedburgh co-driver Jude Wylie partnered Stonehaven's Barry Groundwater to eighth place overall in their Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9.
In ninth place, making it three Duns drivers in the top ten, was former Scottish champion Mike Horne and co-driver Robbie Mitchell in their Ford Escort Mk 2.
Mike certainly entertained the large crowd watching the Duns town stage on Friday night and was third quickest on that test.
Earlston's Colin Reay was 16th overall and second in his class with his very quick Peugeot 206 16v while Lauder plumbers, father and son Nigel and Keith Atkinson, took their Metro 6R4 to 22nd overall.
The Kelso crew of Kevin Dunn and Fiona Douglas won their class in a Vauxhall Nova finishing 25th overall.
Ross Hunter from St Boswells, co-driven by Jedburgh's Eildon Hall finished 40th overall in their Honda Civic.
Hawick's Martin Elsdon was forced to retire his Subaru Impreza on Friday's Polwarth stage to mechanical problems while Robbie Pearson (Duns) and Michael Wastling (Ladykirk) retired their Subaru Impreza after Friday's stages with a blown turbo.
Duns driver John Cowe, co-driven by Colin Richardson from Coldstream, was as high as tenth place overall in his Ford Escort Mk2 before gearbox problems forced his retirement,
A broken driveshaft ended the rally for Kelso driver Carin Logan and Berwick co-driver Christine Sanderson in their Citroen Saxo VTR.