Flying Dingers hit by broken driveshaft

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THE second running of the Grant Construction Knockhill Stages in Fife on Sunday saw several Borders drivers competing for the first time in 2012, writes Sandy Brydon.

This was the opening round of the 2012 Scottish Tarmac Rally Championship and attracted a good entry with some leading names and cars taking part.

It was the Duns crew of Douglas Brydon and Dave O’Brien who set the early pace in their Subaru Impreza. They were quickest on the first of the eight stages by five seconds and were third quickest on the second stage to hang on to their lead.

However, a broken driveshaft on the third stage forced their early retirement.

Duns driver Dale Robertson, co-driven by Tranent’s Paul McGuire in his Mitsubishi Evo 9, was another driver forced out. He was lying in third place overall after five stages before engine gremlins saw him retire.

Eventual winners were Michael Glendinning and Paul Hughes in their Subaru Impreza, with Mark McCulloch and Mairi Riddick runners-up in a Proton Satria.

Gareth White and Jack Morton kept the Borders flag flying and finished a superb third overall in their Citreon C2 R2 while St Boswells driver Ross Hunter, co-driven by Gary White, were sixth overall and first in class in their Peugeot 205.

Twelfth place went to Robbie Mitchell and Alan Dobson in their Toyota Corolla, while Des Campbell and Alex Orr were 15th in their Peugeot 206.

James Thomson and Alison Woodcock ended 16th overall in their Peugeot 206 while Kev Dunn and Sarah Hunter were 21st overall in their Ford Escort. Kelso’s Carin Logan and Berwick co-driver Christine Sanderson recorded 25th in their Citreon Saxo.