Different type of goal for Duns rally driver

FORMER Scottish youth international footballer Douglas Brydon is swapping his football boots for driving gloves to contest this year's Hankook Scottish Rally Championship.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 17th February 2010, 10:06 am
Updated Wednesday, 17th February 2010, 10:06 am

The 22-year-old Duns driver is putting a sponsorship package together which will enable him to contest all rounds of this year's Scottish series with his Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 6 and he will be co-driven by David O'Brien, also from Duns.

Douglas represented Scotland at football as a 15-year-old and has had trials with Scottish Premier League sides Hearts and Celtic. He was on the books of Berwick Rangers Football Club last year but this year has decided to return to rallying.

He previously contested the Ecosse 205 Challenge in 2005 and 2006 and in 2007 hired a Subaru Impreza for his home event, the Jim Clark Rally, finishing 18th overall in the national event and 15th in the Reivers Rally.

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"We also did the last two rounds of last year's Scottish Championship, finishing 12th overall in both the Merrick Stages and the Speyside Stages. This was purely to test the car in readiness for a full assault on this year's series," explained Douglas.

He added: "Dom Buckley has done a bit of work on the car since then and it is running very well. Hopefully we can break into the top ten in the championship events this year. We did a bit of testing over in Dumfries last week thanks to Dale Robertson and everything went well."

Douglas will kick off his campaign in the Snowman Rally at Inverness this weekend. "The organisers have said there is snow on some of the stages so it will be tricky but hopefully we can get a good finish to kick-off our season," he added.

Douglas is grateful to his sponsors for this year's campaign. They are: Main sponsor J.E. Douglas and Sons Ltd, Duns, Steven Lackenby General Builders, Duns, J.H. Greenwood Accountants and David and Elaine Stebbings, Hoardweel Farm.