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04 November 2013 Written by 

RSAC Scottish Rally 2012


rallycar2rallycar2After an entertaining rally in the Scottish Borders in August 2012 at Duns for the Jim Clark Memorial Rally, my brother and I decided to head back up to Dumfries in the Borders for the RSAC Scottish National Rally on the 30th June in search of more rally lunacy. We were not disappointed.


Getting an early start to the day, we left Newcastle and headed to Heath Hall just north-east of Dumfries town. That was after a quick diversion to the Ice Bowl near Palmerston Park, the Queen of the South football ground, to pick up our rally program. With our map reader in the back of the car, it turned out to be a bit of a rally in itself!

On arriving in Heath Hall, programs in hand, the rally park was nearing full swing, ahead of a day of six varied and challenging stages. Of the many car classes entered in the rally, we were especially on the lookout for the Class 12 4WD 2.0 plus monsters and the beautiful Class 8 RWD cars up to 2.0 with more than 8 valves. All of the class 8 cars were Ford Escort Mk2s, though we might be a bit biased as we love all things old and Ford.

rallycar1rallycar1We decided to leave the rally park in Heath Hall and head north to the Forest of Ae to watch the Ae West stage. As we arrived, the weather took a turn for the worse with a heavy downpour. The gravel forest track, steep banks and deep grooves carved in the racing line by car after car proved for some spectacular moments. The drivers demonstrated immense concentration and car control in tricky conditions. The conditions improved towards the end of the Ae West stage. The sun shone through the thick forest cover as the last of the Class 12 cars flew past spitting out rocks and deafening exhaust notes.

After a very entertaining and somewhat wet morning stage, we headed back down to Heath Hall in the afternoon for the super special stage SS5. This was first used back in 2004, a purpose-built spectator-friendly stage with a very entertaining water splash immediately followed by a gravel and rock-strewn hairpin. The RWD cars proved a big hit slowing through the water splash, power sliding round the hairpin and accelerating off up the hill.

The last vehicles to run were the Class 12 4WD cars and the Land Rovers. Due to their weight, the organisers run the heavy classes last because they tear up the gravel for the lighter and smaller classes of vehicle. This special stage proved to be a hit, very well attended by both the locals and anoraks like us.

The rally terrain and conditions took its toll, seeing four retirements in the historic rally classification and a further 24 retirements in the final official classification. A total of 65 teams finished with ten winners in their respective classes.

Congratulations to all the drivers for putting on a great show on the day and to all the marshals and organisers who make the event possible.

 

CLASS

OVERALL POSITION

DRIVER/CO-DRIVER CLASS WINNER

VEHICLE

TOTAL TIME

CLASS 2 - 2WD CARS UP TO 1400CC

48th

GARY SMITH

MARK ROBERTS

VOLKSWAGEN

POLO

53:39.5

CLASS 3 - 2WD CARS UP TO 1600CC WITH 8 VALVES

32nd

IAIN HAINING

MAIRI RIDDICK

VAUXHALL

NOVA

49:07.6

CLASS 4 - 2WD CARS UP TO 1600CC WITH MORE THAN 8 VALVES

21st

JOHN BOYD

CHRIS WILLIAMSON

FORD

FIESTA R2

47:26.6

CLASS 5 - 2WD CARS UP TO 2000CC WITH UP TO 8 VALVES

45th

ROBERT PATERSON

NEIL RICHARDSON

FORD

ESCORT MK2

53:04.5

CLASS 7 - FWD CARS UP TO 2000CC WITH MORE THAN 8 VALVES

29th

CRAIG RUTHERFORD

ROSS HYND

HONDA

CIVIC

48:47.7

CLASS 8 - RWD CARS UP TO 2000CC WITH MORE THAN 8 VALVES

16th

DAVID WILSON

DAVE ROBSON

FORD

ESCORT MK2

46:30.8

CLASS 10 - GROUP N 4WD CARS OVER 2000CC

9th

DOUGAL BROWN

LEWIS ROCHFORD

MITSUBISHI

LANCER EVO 9

45:29.5

CLASS 12 - OTHER 4WD CARS OVER 2000CC

1st

DAVID BOGIE

KEVIN RAE

MITSUBISHI

LANCER EVO 9

42:07.0

CLASS H2 - HISTORIC CATEGORY 2 RALLY CARS

1st (H2)

PAUL MAY

DANIEL MAY

FORD

ESCORT MK1 MEXICO

52:18.5

CLASS H3 - HISTORIC CATEGORY 3 RALLY CARS

1st (H3)

STEVE BANNISTER

LOUISE SUTHERLAND

FORD

ESCORT MK2

45:16.2

 Photos by Daniel McMenzie

http://www.flickr.com/photos/mcmenziephotography/sets/72157630623072900/



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