The 2006 Scottish champion Dave Weston pipped current title holders David Bogie and Hawick co-driver Kevin Rae by a single second to win Saturday’s CARS Recovery Granite City Rally in Aberdeen.
The result denied Bogie and Rae their third straight Scottish championship win of the season, and ended a remarkable run of eight successive victories in the SRC stretching back to last year’s Granite.
However, the pair still lead the driver and co-driver points overall after three rounds.
Bogie and Rae were fastest out of the blocks in their Mitsubishi Evo 9 – and were seven seconds up on Weston at the end of the opening Fetteresso stage.
The Aberdeen-based driver hit back with two successive fastest times through the second and third stages in his hired Ford Focus WRC, and had a six second lead over his young adversary going into the only service break of the day. Bogie and Rae were quickest through the fourth, short, Blackhall stage – seven seconds ahead of Weston – which gave the defending champions a one second advantage with two tests remaining. As the rally reached its climax, it was nip and tuck between the two front runners: Weston two seconds quicker than Bogie on SS5 Durris, and the pair posting identical times for the fastest run through the final Fetteresso test.
Hawick-based Louise Sutherland, normally on the notes for Mk2 Escort maestro Steve Bannister, made the switch to 4-wheel drive, helping Oban’s Shaun Sinclair mark his return to Scottish championship action with a ninth place overall, and first in the DMACK Tyres GpN rankings in a Mitsubishi Evo 9.
Of the 94 starters, there were 61 classified finishers.
The fourth round of the Scottish Rally Championship is the Jim Clark Reivers Rally based in Duns on May 29.