The young Irishman now leads the MSA British Rally Championship points table. With Arthur Kierans alongside, the duo overcame the dusty conditions both in and out the car to take a the event win, maximum points for Citroën in the Constructors’ Championship and the newly formed BRC Gravel Cup with over two minutes in hand from the similar DS3 of Callum Black and Paul Wakeley.
Duns driver Garry Pearson and Ancrum co-driver Dave Robson had been fighting for the top three spot all day long in their potent Peugeot 208 R2 but couldn’t quite make it stick in the tough rocky stages.
Robson showed impeccable sportsmanship at the finish, alerting organisers to an incorrectly recorded time which dropped them to their final resting place of fourth overall and second in BRC2.
In the NGK Spark Plugs BRC Challenge Trophy, St Boswells driver Ross Hunter and his co-driver Iain Robson took a well overdue overall and BRC4 victory in their potent Peugeot 205 whilst the Vauxhall Nova of Neil Matthews and Claire Williams did their best best to hunt down the ‘Hunter’ throughout the nine stages of the Challenge event.
After a tough day, MSA British Rally Championship competitors will hope for something a little easier next time out. Some chance though as they head across the Irish Sea to the Toddsleap Ulster Rally for round four of the series which will see the surface change back to the asphalt closed public roads around the Enniskillen rally base in August.