Aberdeen rally driver Euan Duncan has endured a frantic couple of months fighting to get his 2010 season back on track after an accident way back in June. Now the 26 year-old reckons the worst is behind him, and is hoping to get back to full speed when he takes on the Colin McRae Forest Stages this coming Saturday.
Although Euan and Maryburgh co-driver Peter MacInnes escaped unhurt when their Honda Civic rolled end-over-end on the RSAC Scottish Rally in the middle of the year, their car suffered extensive damage. Even after the Honda was rebuilt, teething troubles meant they had a fraught day on their first rally since the accident, holding out for a win in the Civic Ecosse Challenge category on the Merrick Stages earlier this month in spite of the problems.
Euan and his service crew burned the midnight oil to put the Civic back together in time for the Merrick, but thankfully it’s a slightly more relaxed team who are preparing for the trip to Perth for the McRae. Despite missing two championship rounds, Euan and Peter are right in contention in the one-make championship for Honda Civic rally cars. They know a win on the McRae will put them within striking distance of series leader Grant Inglis with three rounds still to run including Saturday’s event.
“We need strong results on all the rallies from now on,” admits service engineer Euan. “We’re allowed to discard our three lowest scores from the season, but because we had the accident and then had to sit out the next two rallies, everything counts from here on in.”
“It’s taken a lot of hard work and money to get the car back to full fettle, but hopefully it will see us to the end of the season now. I need to thank my service crew again for the fantastic job they have done in getting me back on the stages,” Duncan continues. “We’ve had to replace a gear that broke on the last rally and have spent time reinforcing the rear suspension, so with any luck we’ll have a less stressful day this weekend!”
The Colin McRae Forest Stages takes in 45 miles of Big County Forest, and will run out of Perth on Saturday 25 September. It is the sixth round of the Brick and Steel Civic Ecosse Challenge and the eighth round of the Hankook MSA Scottish Rally Championship.