David Bogie was again in dominant form on Saturday’s Brick and Steel Border Counties Rally to take his first win at the event, and his third major victory of the season.
The reigning Scottish champion was quickest through all four Wauchope/Kielder forest stages in his Mitsubishi Evo 9 to finish with a total time of 43 minutes 33 seconds – 34 seconds ahead of Mike Faulkner in an Evo 6. Duns driver Euan Thorburn was third, a further 34 seconds adrift, in his Evo 9.
It completed a hat-trick for Bogie and Hawick co-driver Kevin Rae following victories on the opening rounds of both the MSA Scottish and British championships.
The result also means that Bogie has now won each of the eight events which make up the Scottish series. Bogie was delighted with his second successive SRC win, which puts him five points ahead of Thorburn in the overall Scottish championship drivers’ standings, with Faulkner a further point behind in third.
“It’s nice to finally tick the box of a rally I’ve never won before”, said the Dumfries ace.
Robbie Head, co-driven by Paxton’s Claire Mole, marked his second SRC outing since returning to competition with a fifth place finish.
In the two-wheel drive category, Kielder specialist Steve Bannister, co-driven by Hawick’s Louise Sutherland, was first on the road in his Mk2 Escort, and by the end of SS3 was well on the way to a comfortable 2WD victory.
However, the Yorkshireman made a rare error while negotiating a corner on the final stage. The Escort flipped onto its roof, before spectators managed to right the battered car and send it on its way – minus the windscreen – to complete the course.
It meant the pair had to settle for 36th overall and second in the historic class behind the Mk1 of Peter Smith and Russ Langthorne.
Lauder’s Nick Thorne and St Boswells co-driver Scott Hunter finished 46th overall and fourth in class, one place ahead of Maxton’s Craig Smith and Lauder co-driver Colin Smith in their Vauxhall Nova. They finished third in their class.
There were 66 finishers and 39 retirements.
The third round of the SRC is the CARS Recovery Granite City Rally in Aberdeen on April 16.