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Hello and welcome to the second half of the 2011 Scottish Rally
Championship. In the title race it is Bogie in complete will control.
Here to assess his chances we have a special guest. Stick? Come on,
John, you didn't think we'd have the real one did you? We do have
one, he is coming up later in the programme but for now, let's go
back to the Scottish Rally in The RSAC Scottish Rally around
Dumfries is traditionally hot and dusty, but not this year.
Torrential rain during the week had carried through into the day of the
event. The dust last year was a problem. Now the dust is replaced
by Mud. It is one or the other. They are as bad as each other.
is a home round for a number of this year's drivers. The defending
champion Bogie is fighting on two friends, leading the Scottish and
British Rally Championships. have won both championships and we
have to ensure where they are in defeats, to ensure we have the get
chances of doing so. John Carlstrom was feeling the stress. To record
his first victory in his local rally. Hopefully we will win it.
is 30 points for victory, 28 the second, 27th of third, 26 for a 4th,
and so on, down to one point for Former SRC title challenger Stephen
Clark endured an arduous three-day journey back from his job on an oil
rig of China to compete in his Lancia evoke four, alongside
first service. Shearwater went well adrift of Thorburn and beaten.
Sisson was a further six seconds in front. But already a significant
move had been made by three crews who would continue to battle it out
all day. For her and that his ego six Act was in third, less than
three seconds off the lead. -- Paul Neff. In the unusually slippery
stages, it was Bogie and Rae setting the pace, ahead of
Armstrong and Riddick. To comply with insurance, organisers set a
minimum time for each stage. drivers who beat it are given the
same time so Bogie and Armstrong were both locked on 13 minutes.
is the rules. There are exceptions. It is maybe two or three seconds
over the time but when it is 21 seconds over, it is bad
organisation. It is one of these things. It was a class to drive.
Hopefully it is not the story for the rest of the day. The rules had
worked in Jobb -- in Jock's favour but he had worried that his first
service. Our basket is hanging out of the back of the exhaust. They
are tying it up, they are ripping it up well, but we have a short
stage now and look at it after that. the top 11 cars, the first time
through this special spectator stage. There is a saying about here.
You can't win the rally in it but make a mistake and you can
certainly lose it. Mike Faulkner was taking no chances as he clung
on to third place, completing the testing one minute and six-tenths
quicker and retained second place. Andy Thorn put down a marker as he
blasted through the short stage in 59.7 seconds. But Bogie's pace
counted, one-tenth of a second familiar pattern which had seen
Bogie Andrei win appeared to be recruiting itself. They were six
seconds upon on strike. Dashed up on on strong. Jock was doing well
to keep in touch, seven seconds in front of Mike Fort Worth. This top
three tussle would keep the spectators crypt for the rest of
saw him in 19th position, former Renault and Honda works driver Head
had hauled himself back at the order to 13th by the end of Castle
or. But despite his best efforts 12th spot was the highest Head
could achieve after a final stage puncture and he left the event a
frustrated and disappointed man. Terrible, we were on the back foot
gained big time which I'm disappointed about. I was hoping to
have a good, clean stage, get off to a good start and it hasn't
happened. Hoare continued to push. He came into the second service
halt in fourth position in the rally -- Horn. We have had a good
day, a trouble free day. We are sitting 4th because other people
have had this fortune. That is the wave rallying does sometimes. We
have had our own days of misfortune. We are good. Faulkner recorded the
second quickest time, which kept him snapping up the heels of
Armstrong. And Bogie, who had increased his lead to 15 seconds
after another fine performance in stage four. But there was drama at
the second stopped for the depend - - bothered defending champion. His
crew had to push his Lancer Evo nine the length of the service area
to reach the mechanics. I went to start the car after we popped into
control and it would not start. It would not fire up after the jump-
start. We will look at it now and see. The starter motor had jammed
so Bogie's crew had to work flat out as the service time clock
a problem because it was OK before we came into service, so it is good
it is going and it will resume. This is a bogie pop -- this is
Bogie's dad, John. Business as usual as his son kept up the pace
the second time around he told. Bogie was picked for the quickest
time of the day by Andy Horne, who went round in 59 seconds.
Thorburn, who has had a Dyfed -- disappointing season so far, was
well up to the challenge. Just two- tenths of a second down on Andy
Horn but ahead of Bogie. Tulkarm strong dropped more time, so going
into the final stage it looked like consecutive victories in the
Scottish word bogie Beck Row's for out keeper Andy Horne and yuan for
Bernabo. And Armstrong really had to push his car to the limit if he
was to stand a chance. All Bogie had to do was keep a steady pace
and the win would be his. But then disaster struck, when Bogie picked
up a front puncture five miles from the finish. Would it be enough to
cost him the rally? How long have we got? 2.2. Along one left.
Business fortune meant that Armstrong was back in contention
and it was the Castle Douglas driver who proved he had the nerve
-- Bogie's misfortune. He was ten seconds quicker than Mike Faulkner.
I think we have got it, mate. was dismay for Bogie. I hit a bump.
When it hit a bump it left the road and hit the bank and we drove along
been since -- distance with a puncture. Trying hard but the last
three miles come as something was broken, so it was real... I don't
know. It was a day of drama. About four miles before the end there was
a massive rock and I could see it, I thought someone has put it, and
we have kissed it. I hope I did not get a butcher -- puncture. It has
been fantastic. It was pure joy for Armstrong, who won his first ever
something like that. It is the joy of the sport. I wasn't doing
anything wild. It is the way it goes. To the victor, the spoils,
and much needed maximum points. leading two-wheel drive competitor
was 2000 and a Scottish junior champion, McCulloch, with Wallace
in her Ford Fiesta ST. The local Thornhill crew of Harkness and
march back were the clear winners of Class A to, ending the day and
26th overall. After one of the most dramatic finishes in year to one
SRC event, the Scottish victory championship favourite despite his
misfortune. What a great win for Jock Armstrong and his drivers like
Jock and Bogie and Thorburn are such great role models for
tomorrow's rally champions and those stars of the future get all
the help they need to develop their skills from the junior 1000
challenge which they can enter from It is team-building, character-
building. When you get them all together, you get the camaraderie
thing. It is what we have been a I have been learning to drive a
rally car, farm tracks, fields, tests, anyway you can get to drive.
I will be doing single venue Tarmac events, because we're not allowed
in the forest in case we crashed into trees. It is not as though you
are out there to do handbrake turns. You are out there to compete with
other people. Everyone thinks they are good but it is down to the
driver, we are in the same car. talent is out there. We have to
give them the experience, allow them to develop. I would like to be
high up in the Scottish championship but time will tell.
will be in the top ten, hopefully. Up with the big boys. The 6th round
of the Scottish Rally Championship, the Gleaner Oil and Gas Speyside
Stages held extra significance this year. If defending SRC champion
David Bogie could win the event he would retain the title for the
third year running. That would allow him to concentrate on Kensit
-- clinching the laurels in the British Rally Championship, which
he was also leading. It would be great, if we could tie the
championship today it would relieve the pressure. I am pretty sure we
would still do the last two will is but it would mean a huge amount, I
could fully concentrate on the British Championship and that is
A we will try to stop them today, that is the plan today. Jukka
Armstrong was confident he would do well. This rally has been good in
the past, it is a fast rally. If you have a result in the last round,
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brilliant. It has got me fired up Riddoch has set a blistering pace
to lead the field by three seconds after the two stage blast around
himself four seconds adrift. He and Rae went round in the quickest town,
to go into second place behind the Castle Douglas pairing. He won for
Byrne and Paul Deacon were third quickest in their Lancer Evo nine.
And just two seconds behind it was Andy Thorn and Jim Howe week in
their DA and 4,100. Head made at the top five. McKenzie with his co-
driver had been a late addition to the entry list. He made a big move,
climbing from 18th to tenth in the standings. With the first three
stages only totalling just over four miles, a mere 22 seconds
separated the top ten crews. This was the longest stage in the event
and it was to prove a turning point. Armstrong took a three-second lead
into the test, knowing he had to push hard if he was to keep his
Championship hopes alive. In the end he pushed too hard and his race
Are we on the road? No. I'm miles off the road. Are you all right?
Are you OK? I don't know what happened. Yeah. Not my best bit of
driving, however. Both back corners, panelled damage, no glass broken.
The front bumper. Apart from whiplash wit or repair. Not too bad,
we can say we are on leave now. That left the way clear for Bogie
to stamp his authority on Gas Speyside. He was quickest through
Craig end to kill, a full 17 seconds faster than Faulkner and
his standing co-driver, Sutherland. They were locked in a titanic
struggle with Thorburn. It is not over yet. We will push on. Under
the trees that is slippy, you have to watch what you're doing. We will
try to get some time back. We have to get in front of Euan, we are
tied. We will see how David is going, attack and get as close as
we can. You never know what you can do in rallying, it is the last
event to prove. Head was going well in this. We need to pick the peso.
We need to go faster at. We need to get onto the podium. -- we need to
pick up the pace up. We will give winning position. They had another
fastest stage times. We have a good enough lead. We can't afford to do
anything silly. We are pushing on hard enough to keep up the
concentration. Really enjoying it. This stage we have just done was
the battle between the Lancer Evo six off...... And Thorburn in their
Lancer Evo nine. After posting identical times in clerkly, they
did it again in the ward, amazing tussle for spectators for watch.
The pair were locked on an overall time of 27.4-two. The last two
stages have been exactly the same time. He's doing the same as we are,
he's trying hard. A good push today, two stages left, we will have to
carry on the same as we are going and hope we compete. The last
stages slippy, lots of chicanes. We prefer to try to do it in the next
one, not have the last one asked the decider. Time will tell. Robbie
Head had moved up a position into force. -- force. He was following
his daughter's Amelie's advice, even if Bogie wasn't. With the heat
on, he was ready to pounce if Thorburn or Faulkner made a mistake.
You never know until it is physically over because rallying is
unpredictable. Things can happen. That is what makes it interesting.
We will keep pushing. We are here to try to get on the podium. We
will not give up. The Inverness pairing of MacDonald and beaten
were proving why they were legitimate challengers for an over
riled -- for an overall top-five finish in the Championship. They
have been consistent and were occupying a ten -- top ten place.
am pleased because my car is reliable. That is where I have been
put why am. By car has never let me down. It is right when we go to the
start and it finishes. That is Thorburn was so intent they were
pushing each other to the limit and as a consequence they both had
Bogie wing-back stripes, recording the same time for the third
consecutive stage. There was another decent fight between
Groundwater... And McKenzie, who was moving up the rankings, only
six seconds separated the pair concentrating on their own dog
fight, Bogie was able to take things steady and tighten his grip
on the event. And the Championship. It has been a great day. I came
here to win the rally and that would give us the Championship,
said to come away with both, it is not sunk in yet. Thorburn really
pushed hard in the final test, recording the fastest stage times
and a youngster clinched second position in the space side.
last three or four stages, there was nothing in it. I had a good run.
I thought it could not be possible. The last one was an awful stage.
There was a lot of chicanes. It was so easy to make a mistake, and Mike
did. It was good news for us. Bogie's joy constructs --
contrasted with Armstrong's despair, his scene -- is season as good as
over after his crash in stage four. Male and Forest led home the Escort
Mark to contingent. After three previous retirements this season,
Robson was delighted with his class the minor placings. 5th on 122
points, it is MacDonald. Head was second man to win three consecutive
Scottish Rally Championships. Now he and Rae could turn their full
attention to the British championship. Would it be a
memorable double? To think when I started rallying, to achieve three
Scottish championship wins, it's something I would never have
dreamed of. To do that and still have a chance of winning the
British championship as well, it rallying but you can't take
bellying out of the man. There is something about the sport that
keeps bringing people back. Robbie Head hadn't competed for five years
but he could not resist the lure of the gravel and the forest. I put
pressure on myself to perform well. Because you have done it before,
you want to come back and get back to that level. Even the other side
of the camera, doing your job, I was missing the bus. That's why I
came back to it. The results haven't been what I was looking for,
to be honest. I would really like to get on the podium and get up
with David. I have been a long time away from it. You do miss the
adrenalin rush. That is one of the biggest things about the sport.
When you are on the STAND line, it makes you feel completely alive. I
was missing that. With the Scottish title tied up, David Bogie opted
not to take part in his local event, the ProTune Remapping Merrick Merit
stages rally in and around Wigton. The other absentee... There was
still all to play for in the battle for second place in the
championship, Mike thought the red -- Peter foyer was tied.
Merrick would go a long wait to decide who would finish the was the
runner-up to Bogie. We go out to win every event, give 100%. That is
what we will do today and see what happens. It will be an interesting
day, a close battle with Euan for the Championship. It is the highest
place we can get, equal with might, so we will get a good fight to date
and we were close Gas Speyside. Hopefully it will be the same again
off to an absolute Stormer. They covered the stage in eight minutes
and 31 seconds. A full 17 seconds clear off the next best team, Head.
Sisson making only his 4th outing of the season was third, 21 seconds
behind the leader. It wasn't a good stage for Thorburn. His turbo pipe
came off midway through and he dropped a minute and a half to
falter, finishing the stage and expect very slippery conditions,
the level of grip was actually quite good. Maybe that lulled
Faulkner and spirit Foy into a false sense of security. But the
performance was still enough for them to return their overall lead.
We were driving within ourselves, we thought, but just really muddy
in the end, caught the trees on the outside. Luck tkwroi get away with
it. The advantage was now down to eight seconds. Robbie Head
maintained second spot and proving he needed a few events under his
belt to get back into contention for podium places. He had a three-
stage quick fire loop to get into the lead. Where you get no respite,
it's bang, bang, bang A void punctures and have good stage times.
In these short events, it's a sprint. You drive everyone flat out.
So you can't really use a tactic on it. The The quickest time over
stage two belonged to Ewan Thorburn. He was ten seconds faster than
Falconer. It moved him up 15 places to 20 seconds overall. It was a
good fight. Hoping to continue that today. Just one of those things,
it's bad luck. But it always seemed to happen know. We were fastest on
the last stage. We gave away over a minute to Mike. We'll never catch
it up, unless he has problems. really heating newspaper stage
three. The EVO nine were top of the time sheet cutting Faulkner's lead
to three seconds. Thorburn was two seconds behind Head ace stage time.
He moved into 13th. How much was he cursing his bad luck on the opener?
Wayne SISon was hanging stkwron third, just two seconds ahead of
kiss Collie, who had increased his pace with each event through the
Thorburn into the top five for the first time in the day. He was tied
with Chris Collie and had SISon in his sights. The Englishman was 19
seconds down on Thorburn's stage time but still in third. Mike
Faulkner reasserted control of the rally by completing the stage four
seconds quicker than Robbie Head. His lead to seven seconds with two
stages to go. There was a tight finish on the
penultimate test. Faulkner Andrews head with the same time. So they
went into the final and longest stage with Faulkner seven seconds
up on his rival. The last few we've just been building the confidence
up again. We won't have that luxury for the last one. Robbie will be
trying to put it up a level as well. I gained one second over the three
stages. It's all to play for. Twin or bin it. Thorburn kept up his
momentum, just a second adrift of the leaders on the stage and now in
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victory after the final stage? Faulkner and Foy had never won at
the merrik. So they had to go for broke to take the winners' laurels.
Would Head and Molby go all out for Vic -- victory. No problems, if
he's taken it in there, he deserve it's. Have you done enough?
close, it's hard to say. We didn't have any problems. Probably second,
which you know, we pushed, but we didn't take major risks you know.
Second's a good result. I'm happy with it. It's the first time on the
podium this year. In the end, it was a triumph for Faulkner and Foy,
the win edge them two points clear of Thorburn going into the last
event. It's as good as it gets. You can't do better than that. It's
tight with Ewan, it's all to play for.
Looking forward to this now. chance at third there, after this
morning's problems, it was never going to be. Fair play to Mike. He
drove well. Did he win? Yeah, he won. Fair play. We have to try to
beat him there instead. Head and Mol were confirmed as
runners up. Who took the final place? SISon and Thorburn tied on
the same time Sisson was third because of his quicker time on
stage one. Among the crew who's failed to make it were Donny
McDonald, the first non-finish of the season. Fifth in the standings
going into the event, their challenge ended when they went off
the road no a ditch in the enultimate stage. Dougal Brown's
event ended with disaster on the final stage when the EVO4 came off
the road. Dougal was airlifted to hospital, where thankfully he made
a quick recovery. Lewis suffered shock, but was otherwise unharmed.
In other classes, there was a brilliant win in the two-wheel
category for 19-year-old Cumbrian Peter Taylor, co-driven by Andrew
Ruffhead in the Renault Cleo, one of the drives of the season. There
was a superb come back win for Andy rally and we hung up the helmet
after that. This is really the first Time Out since then. It's
been a while. I expect to be rusty for the first few corners. Couple
of stages, it really is immense fun and great to be back. If today's
anything to go by I'm not going to be able to get enough of it. Great
camraderie, good fun. Everybody helps each other. Nobody's aiming
to be world champion. Fantastic! Really, really good, enjoyable day.
How does that result affect the top rally drivers out of Scandinavia.
He was world champion in 1984 and runner up the following year.
Stig's never lost his love of the sport. He couldn't wait to compete
at the forest stages. Tell me what your memories are of when you won
the world championship? It was down in Ivory Coast. It was lucky to
finish that rally and get it all done. That was a bit of a difficult
one, but I managed to win that and the championship was home. That was
nice. You're one of several great rally drivers to come from
Scandinavia. Why is it that the Nordic countries produce such good
drivers? I think in those days we have the possibility to drive a lot,
on ice and snow and gravel all the time. We get a lot of experience on
that. But everything is different now. So it's the Europeans have
been taking over a bit. Sweden, we don't have any at the moment.
Bogie has won the Scottish rally champion and the British rally
championship. What do you know and think of Scottish rally driving at
the moment? It seems to be fairly good, but we were talking about it
last night, and it could go further now. It's very, very difficult.
Need a lot of money and that's athe biggest problem for young drivers.
It should be able to do it because of his talent. I don't know about
the money. -- the body. That's the biggest question. The weather
didn't do this stage any favours this year. As the two-wheel drive
crews gathered, word came through of a delay when the first stage was
blocked by one of the historics, forcing organisers to rethink their
plans. They decided to postpone stage one for the main field and
third places in the Scottish championship. Mike Faulkner held a
two-point advantage over Euan Thorburn before the event, so Euan
Thorburn had to beat Mike by two points to be in with a chance. It
was looking good, as he bested his rival by almost eight seconds.
Treacherous. It's just really muddy. -- muddy. You can't commit. It's
pretty much the case of driving as you see it. It's not the best way
to finish off the championship. I think these two might be better
than what that one was. Fingers crossed we can have a push.
stages are terrible. The weather is terrible. A Land Rover would have
been more the vehicle you needed. Thorburn was just edged out of the
quickest stage time by Shawn Sinclair taking part of only his
third rally of the season. He didn't want to interfere in the
season-long battle, so wouldn't take any points. The slippery stuff
always suits me. I'm always up the gears. It's horrendous conditions.
Since Sinclair wouldn't pick up points, Malcom Buchanan found
six miles to go. I backed right off because it was sliding wildly
around. We have discovered it's flattened the exhaust somewhere. We
have virtually no boost. It was a very, very steady drive for half
the stage at least. I'm amazed we're so close. The conditions are
horrendous. The rocks, like that challenged the drivers' skills to
the limit on the first stage. Back in the service area, the mechanics
had to cope with the elements. Surprisingly, the grip was better
than expected. It was Faulkner who retook the initiative with the
fastest stage time, almost three seconds quicker than Thorburn.
The pair had been dueling for second place in the championship
all season and were now involved in an almighty scrap in the sludge.
Still pretty close, so just trying hard, slipy. Just got to keep it on
the road till the end. The good thing is that's pulled the gap with
Shawn and Robbie. That's what matters. It's hard work. You're
living on your whits. You're trying to react to the conditions. The car
has a mind of its own sometimes. That wasn't as bad. There was grip
to be had. We're in the lead just, it's still all to play for.
Malcom Buchanan faultered, dropping to sixth overall. Louise Sutherland
and Steve Bannister seemed to relish the conditions, in ninth
spot after this stage. Robbie Head saw his chances of a
podium evaporate, when he fin shalled the stage a full minute --
finished the stage a full minute- and-a-half behind Faulkner and lost
his place in the running order to Shawn Sinclair.
The boost pipes come off down the bottom. It's popped off completely
at the start of the stage. It's like driving on normally as
operated one litre. We dropped over a minute. We're tenth or something.
We're trying to work out where we can get to with the next 18 miles,
longest stage of the day, for was five seconds behind for them. If it
stayed like that the pair would be level on points and the destination
of second and third place in the Championship would be decided by a
tie-break and some complicated maths. Thorburn drove brilliantly,
extending his lead over Falconer to 18 seconds. It proved to be good
enough. Thorburn feck -- kept his nerve through the final stage to
win the event, while Bolton or stuff that brake failure early on
and could only limp through. For Bernard Bot there were locked on
the same number of Championship points. So who had come second to
the imperious Bogie? It was all down to the dreaded count back. As
for Byrne and Faulkner awaited their fate, their destination of
the runners-up trophy hung in the balance. Eventually after checking
and double-checking the figures, Championship chairman Neil Shanxi
and his deputy Dave Robson was satisfied they'd had the answer.
You count your best six caused an Championship, each had finished all
six rounds and dropped two scores. We then had to go right back into
the number of first, second, third, in the counting their best six-
course. We could not split them on that so the next level takes you
back to the snowman rally, between Euan and Mike, who had the best
result and that was Euan, who had second place, when Mike Catt force.
It was the 5th level of the tie- break, splitting you and Beck Row's
favour. So joy for Thorburn put a bit us what -- bitter pill to
For a has done well today. thought on the countback we would
have got it but with the problems on the last stage the result would
not have been any different. makes it even better. Delighted. It
has been a tough year. Pretty good to get second and a win today tops
the year rough. As usual at the Colin McRae Forest Stages, the
historic led the way. Stig took the honours in a Ford Escort, giving
him much-needed car time before his next Rally in Kenya. Malcolm
Buchanan came third and won Class eight in his Escort Mark two. The
season's Group A and Championship was won by Dakar in a Subaru
Impreza, and a prize for the 2012 Championship. And a day of
unrelenting bad weather the Colin McRae Forest Stages as Billy UPS --