Argyll rallyers fly in Fife

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Glenrothes Motor Sport Club hosted the final round of the Scottish Tarmac Rally Championships at the Kingdom Stages rally.

Several Argyll crews were out on the stages on the day, some competing for overall championship positions, some out to consolidate class points and some just out for a blast to shakedown new cars or check old ones.

Willie and Steven Beattie, from Kilmartin and Lochgilphead respectively, were out in their dad’s pride and joy as their own Escort had been unceremoniously dumped upside down in a Northumberland river at the previous round of the championship.

The boys got to grips with the different handling characteristics of Willie senior’s car and started to up the pace in the afternoon, bringing the car home in a respectable 16th overall and third in class three. This result was enough to secure second position in the overall championship in class.

Jamie Miller continued the learning process with the little Citroen C2-R2Max with Ian McCulloch pointing him in the right direction.
A very neat rally from Jamie with very few mistakes saw him finish a creditable 13th overall and second in class two.

Jonothan MacDonald and Chris Wareham were out in the beautifully prepared Mull of Kintyre Cheese-sponsored Peugeot 306. Their pace was good enough for 18th overall and fourth in class three.

Mull pair Malcolm MacDougall and Stuart MacLean were out in the class one Vauxhall Nova and were getting visibly quicker as the day went on, a trend that had repeated itself over the course of the year with confidence and technique increasing with every stage mile covered. They finished 39th overall and a commendable fourth in class one.

There were three Argyll co-drivers directing their pilots around the airfield. Ian Parker, recently announced as one of seven – and the only Scot – co-drivers to be selected to join the MSA Academy for 2019, was back in the Honda Civic of Fraser Smith.

The final Argyll man out was Eoghan Anderson from Cairnbaan, who was shouting left and right for Greg Inglis of Montrose in his quick and agile Lotus Exige. They were surprised, perhaps unjustly, to find out they were sitting well up the leader board after the first few stages. They got the hammer down over the last three and were to finish fifth overall and first in class three.

Last but not least, Oban’s Angus MacNeil was out with Sam MacFadyen in Brian Watson’s Mitsubishi Evo 9 bringing it home unscathed in 14th overall.