DUMFRIES driver David Bogie and his Hawick co-driver Kevin Rae took an emphatic victory on the Jim Clark International Rally at the weekend, extending their lead at the head of the Dulux Trade MSA British Rally Championship by five points.
The Scots’ win on home asphalt was particularly special; Dumfriesshire based Bogie stating that he has wanted to win the International event for several years.
It is testament to the challenge that faces crews on rounds of the BRC, that he and Rae already have two wins on the National event to their credit so the win here completes the set.
Their Mitsubishi borne victory was not always a foregone conclusion early on though, as the Skodas of Robert Barrable and Jonny Greer set about the opening Mantis Instant Shine sponsored Duns spectator stage with some gusto.
Barrable’s lead may have been short lived, the alternator expiring on stage three, but the leader’s mantle was taken up by Adam Gould and Seb Marshall on stage three.
Bogie wasn’t about to let the Subaru pair have it their own way though and by the overnight halt he had taken the lead from Gould, albeit by the merest 0.8 seconds.
Greer settled into third place as he became more accustomed to the car on asphalt, but day two would bring dramas at the front for Bristolian Gould.
Clipping a bank on the opening stage, Gould left the door open for Bogie to pull clear and as frustration took over aboard the Impreza, he further deranged the car’s suspension when he clouted a bridge.
From that point on it seemed Bogie was clear to do what he pleased at the front, but a charging Greer not only passed Gould, who continued to use Berwickshire and the Borders as a pin-ball table, but by the close of play, Greer was seemingly setting fastest times at will, as Bogie pushed just hard enough to keep him and co-driver Dai Roberts at bay.
Had there been more stages, Pirelli Star Driver Elfyn Evans and Andrew Edwards might have been close enough to mount an attack on the ailing Gould, but the Welsh youngster was reasonably happy with his performance considering his ten miles testing time, a result of a broken gearbox.
Local hopes for victory in the international event lay with Duns driver Euan Thorburn and co-driver Paul Beaton from Inverness in their Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9.
Euan was as high as third overall but he had to stop and change a wheel after a puncture and he dropped out of the top ten.
Despite fighting his way back up the leaderboard he was forced to retire from the event on the Eccles stage due to throttle problems.
In the Challenge Rally Coldstream driver Des Campbell and Hutton co-driver Alex Orr finished an excellent fifth overall in their Peugeot 206 Cup car.
Duns driver Garry Pearson and co-driver Laura Marshall took a superb second in class in their Nissan Micra Super 1000 and now lead the Stars for the Future category in the British Rally Championship.
They were as high as ninth overall before gearbox problems saw them drop over seven minutes.
The service crew rose early on Saturday and managed to fit another gearbox, albeit a standard one. Garry manaaged to claw back over three minutes to eventually finish 17th overall.
The Challenge Rally was won by Richard Archer and Terry Martin in a Vauxhall Corsa.
Second were Richard Sykes and Janice Moore in a Citroen C2 R2 Max and third were Jack Rowe and Alex Lee in a Ford Fiesta R2.