Euan Duncan and Peter MacInnes got the inaugural Brick and Steel Civic Ecosse Challenge off to a flyer with a class win – and a great overall result – on the Brick and Steel Border Countues Rally.
The north crew were fastest out of the box, taking 18 seconds out of rivals Graeme Schoneville and Phil Coulby through the opening Hyndlee stage. A heating failure cost Duncan a minute through the second test, but the crew systematically clawed away at Schoneville’s lead and overhauled their rival by the finish. Grant Inglis and Robert Gray were delighted to take third Civic spot after Ruary MacLeod ended up in a ditch in Wauchope.
Perhaps more significantly, the Civics proved they are more than a match for the top two-wheel drive machinery, posting times comparable to much more expensive machinery. Once the crews have some miles under their belts, the Hondas are sure to be a force to be reckoned with. In fact, Euan’s result could gave been better still had it not been for the heater issue and a one minute road penalty.
“That was excellent, what a difference from driving in the Peugeot,” declared Euan (25). “I was very impressed with the car and know there’s a lot more to come from it yet.”
“I put my hand up and admit the penalty was me mucking up,” admits MacInnes. “But apart from that it was great, Euan is a superb driver.”
In the 205 section, Sean and Iain Robson got off to a great start with a win on their home event. The son and father crew were quick from the off and kept Jamie Watson/Stephen Williamson at arm’s length for the duration of the rally. Garry Pearson suffered with the loss of wiper motors and Steven Smith’s quickly built new car played up all day with rear axle and brake issues.
“The secret today was keeping it tight and staying off the loose stuff,” explains Sean. “A win on the home rally, it doesn’t get much better than this!”