DMACK British Rally Team driver Elfyn Evans and co-driver Craig Parry won the 2016 RSAC Scottish Rally and in doing so, took a commanding lead of the MSA British Rally Championship by 20 points. Evan's parring partner for the championship Fredrik Ahlin retired from the event.
Rising-star Tom Cave put his Michelin-backed Fiesta R5 into second place with Irishman Desi Henry taking his first BRC podium place with third in his Pirelli-shod Skoda Fabia R5, making it three tyre manufacturers on the rostrum. Local-hero David Bogie held a solid second overall until damage to his Skoda Fabia's radiator but paid to his weekend on the final stage, denying his home fans the chance to see him on the podium.
The exciting one-day Scottish Rally provided a thrilling fourth round of Britain's premier rallying championship and started to the sound of a traditional bagpipe player as crews set off from the Ceremonial Start in the centre of Dumfries - heading into 62 miles of fast and furious forestry action. Classic gravel tests including Castle O'er, Gubhill Rig and Burnfoot providing an exciting day of rallying action with dust being a particular challenge in the morning loop while heavy rain showers made the competitive stages slippery in the afternoon.
Ever-consistent Welshman and IRDC member Cave continues his 100% finishing record by returning to a podium position he's longed for since the Mid Wales Stages. The Spencer Sport driver suffered a lack of power on a number of stages early on and was never able to challenge Evans for victory on the flat-out Scottish stages as a result. Although holding a comfortable third place going into the final stage, the rising star went on a late charge to wrestle runner-up spot from home-grown hero David Bogie. As Cave had played his double-points 'Joker' he has moved back into championship contention.
Bogie's demise meant Irishman Desi Henry (Skoda Fabia R5) recorded his best finish on a British Championship event by chalking up a fine third overall snd has shown glimpses of pace on previous events, but it all came together on round 4 while Jonathan Greer mades it three manufacturers in the top four in his Citroen DS3 R5. CA1 Sport driver Fredrik Ahlin had led the series coming into the Scottish but on stage four, had to retire, with a broken propshaft.
After the rally Elfyn Evans said, "This win is what we wanted as we have had a lot of bad luck on the last few rounds and we wanted to get on back track in Scotland. I am really happy that we managed to do it and we can go to the next round pretty happy and with confidence as well. It is a shame Fredrik [Ahlin] and David [Bogie] retired the way they did, but fortunately luck has gone our way this time and I look forward to the battle resuming on the Nicky Grist Stages in two weeks time."
MSA British Rally Championship Round 4 - RSAC Scottish Rally
1. Elfyn Evans (GBR)/Craig Parry (GBR) Ford Fiesta R5
2. Tom Cave (GBR)/James Morgan (GBR) Ford Fiesta R5 +52.4
3. Desi Henry (IRL)/Liam Moynihan (IRL) Skoda Fabia R5 +2:14.4
4. Jonathan Greer (GBR)/Kirsty Riddick (GBR) Citroen DS3 R5 +2:42.6
5. Josh Moffett (IRL)/John Rowan (IRL) Ford Fiesta R5 +2:56.0
6. Jamie Anderson (GBR)/Ross Whittock (GBR) Ford Fiesta R5 +2:58.8
7. Matt Edwards (GBR)/Will Rogers (GBR) Mitsubishi Evo 9 +3:59.8
8. Thomas Preston (GBR)/Jack Morton (GBR) Skoda Fabia R5 +6:41.4
9. Sindre Furuseth (NOR)/ Jim Hjerpe (SWE) Renault Twingo R2 +7:08.8
10. Ollie Mellors (GBR)/ Ian Windress (GBR) Proton Satria S2000 + 7:14.5
MSA British Rally Championship for Drivers points (after 4 of 7 rounds)
1: Elfyn Evans 85*
2: Fredrik Ahlin 65*
3: Tom Cave 56*
4: Josh Moffett 36
5: Jonathan Greer 31
6: Desi Henry 19*
7: David Bogie 18*
8: Matthew Wilson 15
9: Jamie Anderson 13
10: Matt Edwards 8*
* Drivers have played their double points 'Joker'
The full results and championship points can be found at www.msabrc.com
27th June, 2016
Once again the club is proud to be involved in the running of the popular rally stage at the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed, facilitating thrilling guest rides in some of the iconic historic rally cars that are participating. In addition, the club will have its familiar gazebo in the rally car paddock ready to welcome old and new members, together with the many friends the club has made in the world of international rallying. Several club members will be on duty at the gazebo during the weekend, led by the club chairman Shaun Martin. Some pre purchased tickets are still available for Friday 24th so if your at the Festival, we cannot promise a champagne reception but please come along to the rally stage paddock and say hello - there's usually plenty of water on offer at the top of the Goodwood hill!
23rd June, 2016
Thierry Neuville scored a second World Rally Championship victory, also winning Hyundai its second Rally Italy in three years after battling with Volkswagen's Jari-Matti Latvala, both benefiting from running eighth and sixth respectively in the running order and swapping places repeatedly!
Neuville make his break at the end of the first full day, only for Latvala to come back at him and reduced what had been an 11-second lead to just under three. Neuville however then fared better on the second runs over the stages with the cleaner conditions assisting his rear grip disadvantage to the Polo.
Neuville then pulled away from Latvala on Saturday's afternoon loop and by Sunday morning the Finn had settled for second and the final gap between them was 24.8s as Neuville and co-driver Nicolas Gilsoul followed up their maiden WRC win in Germany 2014. Sebastien Ogier hung on to the frontrunners initially before becoming a distant third as being 'Roadsweeper' really hurt him and will do very little to change the current strength of opinion over the WRC running order rules!
As a sign of what might have been, Ogier did however win the Powerstage, despite having to reverse when he struggled to get around a heavily-rutted hairpin. Hyundai's Hayden Paddon suffered another Friday crash, this time while only running ninth, but Dani Sordo gave the team two cars in the top four with a distant fourth place. M-Sport's Eric Camilli also set a maiden fastest time at WRC level on a breakthrough weekend in which he recovered from Friday transmission dramas that left him temporarily with two-wheel drive to finish sixth.
Final results after SS19:
Pos .... Driver .... Team .... Car .... Gap
1. Thierry Neuville/N.Gilsoul Hyundai Motorsport i20 3h35m25.8s
2. Jari-Matti Latvala/M.Anttila Volkswagen Motorsport Polo 24.8s
3. Sebastien Ogier/J.Ingrassia Volkswagen Motorsport Polo 1m37.8s
4. Dani Sordo/M.Marti Hyundai Motorsport i20 2m54.0s
5. Ott Tanak/R.Molder DMACK World Rally Team Fiesta 5m26.4s
6. Eric Camilli/B.Veillas M-Sport World Rally Team Fiesta 5m59.8s
7. Henning Solberg/I.Minor Ford Fiesta 6m22.2s
8. Teemu Suninen/M.Markkula Team Oreca Skoda 8m57.4s
9. Jan Kopecky, P.Dresler Skoda Motorsport Skoda 9m47.0s
10. Karl Kruuda, M.Jarveoja Drive DMACK Trophy Team Ford 13m28.5s
13th June, 2016
Kris Meeke scored a solid victory for the Abu Dhabi Total WRT Citroen team by a margin of 29.7 seconds on the Rally of Portugal when he returned to compete in one of the few rounds selected for the Northern Irishman's limited 2016 World Rally Championship campaign.
Meeke led the way from Friday morning's second stage to the finish and is the first Briton to win in Portugal since Richard Burn's win in 2000. Meeke took full advantage of the running order on Friday, benefiting from others sweeping the road for him and consolidated his lead on Sunday's stages to secure his win ahead of Andreas Mikkelsen, who overcame current world champion Sebastien Ogier for second despite the Frenchman having been Meeke's main rival for most of the weekend.
However, Ogier was never a serious challenger for victory and battled with Volkswagen team-mate Mikkelsen and Hyundai's Dani Sordo for second throughout. Sordo was unable to show the same level of pace and fell away from the battle to take fourth behind Ogier at rally's end. Eric Camilli was fifth, with Rally Portugal's attrition aiding his success and Camilli's M-Sport team-mate Mads Ostberg fell away from the top five after damaging his car and running in front wheel drive for most of Saturday.
Jari-Matti Latvala recovered into sixth overall ahead of Ostberg, but the Finn had to bounce back from broken power steering earlier in the rally but the most dramatic retirement befell Rally Argentina winner Hayden Paddon who rolled on SS5, before his i20 WRC caught fire spectacularly and burnt out within five minutes. Both Paddon and co-driver Jonathan Kennard escaped without injury.
Team-mate Thierry Neuville got on the pace after a sluggish start, only to run out of fuel on Saturday's morning loop. Meeke's team-mate Stephane Lefebvre was on course for the top six before retiring when he hit a rock. Martin Prokop finished eighth, ahead of WRC2 winner Pontus Tidemand who won by an impressive margin of 1m28.8s, recovering from a puncture on Saturday afternoon that briefly allowed Nicholas Fuchs the class lead.
Final Results after SS19:
Pos ... Driver ... Team ... Car ... Gap
1. Kris Meeke/P.Nagle Abu Dhabi Total WRT Citroen 3h59m01.0s
2. Andreas Mikkelsen/A.J.Synnevaag Volkswagen Polo 29.7s
3. Sebastien Ogier/J.Ingrassia Volkswagen Polo 34.5s
4. Dani Sordo/M.Marti Hyundai Motorsport Hyundai 1m37.1s
5. Eric Camilli/B.Veillas M-Sport World Rally Team Ford 4m01.6s
6. Jari-Matti Latvala/M.Anttila Volkswagen Polo4m06.9s
7. Mads Ostberg/O.Floene M-Sport World Rally Team Ford 6m53.6s
8. Martin Prokop/J.Tomanek Jipocar Czech Team Ford 10m24.1s
9. Pontus Tidemand/J.Andersson Skoda Motorsport Skoda 11m45.2s
10. Nicolas Fuchs/F.Mussano Skoda 13m14.0s
23rd May, 2016