HAWICK co-driver Kevin Rae roared into the rallying history books at the weekend, writes Jason Marshall.
The 34-year-old Teri navigator partnered Dumfries driver David Bogie to third spot in the International Rally Yorkshire – a finish which saw the pair becoming the first crew to hold both the British and Scottish championships in the same year.
Speaking to the Hawick News this week, Rae was delighted at the pair’s victory but admitted that the season hadn’t turned out the way he had originally expected. “We’d planned to compete in both the Scottish and British championships, maybe do the first two rounds in each and then make a decision on which championship to follow based on results. We certainly didn’t think we’d be leading both events right the way through, and as long as we were there there was no sense in stopping.”
With the tyres barely cooled down on their latest success, Rae revealed a hankering for more glory and a possible shot “up the ladder” to IRC or WRC. “It would be a huge leap in terms of commitment and finances, and we’d need to attract the help of a main sponsor,” he said.
“But hopefully the results we’ve managed this year and the media coverage gained from that will help attract a sponsor.”
Rae and Bogie, who have been racing together for just over four years, are back in action later this month in the Rally of Scotland, and it’s the bond the pair have formed in the cockpit of their Mitsubishi Evo 9 which will make them one of the crews to beat. “David and myself trust each other 100 per cent in the car,” added Rae.
“And this gives us the confidence to push really hard when we need to.”
n Louise Sutherland, partner of newly-crowned British champion Rae, also picked up silverware as she and Malton’s Steve Bannister won the Historic Cup in Yorkshire.