DEFENDING Scottish champions David Bogie and Kevin Rae capped a “perfect” weekend when they won Sunday’s Jim Clark Reivers Rally for the third successive year, to add to their International Rally triumph the previous day.
The Reivers was their third victory of the 2011 MSA Scottish Rally Championship, while the pair also lead the Dulux Trade British Rally Championship.
The Reivers win was all the more notable in that Bogie had switched from his familiar Mitsubishi Evo 9 – used for the BRC round – to his family’s 24-year-old MG Metro 6R4.
Bogie and his Hawick co-driver Rae dominated the event from the start, finishing the seven completed stages (SS7 was cancelled because of an accident) in a time of 47 minutes and three seconds. Duns driver Euan Thorburn, co-driven by Paul Beaton, was runner-up, one minute and 11 seconds adrift.
The result means that after four rounds, Bogie now has an 11-point lead over Thorburn. Mike Faulkner is a further one point behind in third.
At the finish before an appreciative crowd in Duns town centre, Bogie reflected on a remarkable weekend.
“To come to the Jim Clark, and win the International Rally and the Reivers is just awesome to be honest – it’s hard to put into words,” said Bogie.
“When we came here at the end of last week we were targeting one event at a time. If I’d won one I’d have been delighted. To get both is really something. It also sets us up well for the Donegal Rally next month, when we’ll again be using the Metro.”
Bogie and Rae took an emphatic victory on the International Rally, extending their lead at the head of the British Rally Championship by five points. Their Mitsubishi borne victory was not always a foregone conclusion early on, as the Skodas of Robert Barrable and Jonny Greer set about the opening Mantis Instant Shine sponsored Duns spectator stage with some gusto.
Barrable’s lead may have been short lived, the alternator expiring on stage three, but the leader’s mantle was taken up by Adam Gould and Seb Marshall on stage three.
Bogie wasn’t about to let the Subaru pair have it their own way though and by the overnight halt he had taken the lead from Gould, albeit by 0.8 seconds.
Clipping a bank on the opening stage on day two, Gould left the door open for Bogie to pull clear and as frustration took over aboard the Impreza, he further deranged the car’s suspension when he clouted a bridge. From that point on it seemed Bogie was clear to do what he pleased at the front.
But by the close of play, Greer was seemingly setting fastest times at will, as Bogie pushed just hard enough to keep him and co-driver Dai Roberts at bay.
In the Challenge Rally Coldstream driver Des Campbell and Hutton co-driver Alex Orr finished an excellent fifth overall in their Peugeot 206 Cup car.
Duns driver Garry Pearson and co-driver Laura Marshall took a superb second in class in their Nissan Micra Super 1000 and now lead the Stars for the Future category in the British Rally Championship.
The first two-wheel-drive car home in the Reivers Rally was the historic-spec Ford Escort Mk2 of Steve Bannister and Louise Sutherland from Hawick, who rounded off the top ten, and took a class win.
Hawick’s Martin Elsdon and John Frew were 31st overall and second in class in their Ford Escort Mk2 while St Boswells crew Gareth White and Mike Dickson were 32nd and third in class in their Citroen C2 R2 Max.
In the National Rally, Elsdon and Frew retired their Escort Mk 2 after eight stages.