Scotland’s premier one make rally championships are going down to the wire! Both the Honda Civic and Peugeot 205 sections of the Brick and Steel Ecosse Challenge will be decided on the series’ final round, the GMSC Kingdom Stages this coming Saturday. This is sure to add more excitement to what is already a very popular and eagerly anticipated fixture on the Scottish rallying calendar.
In the Civic Ecosse Challenge, Aberdeen driver Euan Duncan needs only to finish in order to secure the inaugural title in the championship for Honda cars. A class win by a margin of just one second on the last Challenge round in mid-October gave Euan and Maryburgh co-driver Peter MacInnes a massive boost. But with Carluke junior Graeme Schoneville ready to pounce should trouble strike the Duncan car, Euan and Peter are taking nothing for granted.
“I don’t want to say too much because I know how cruel it can be, especially at Crail where there are a lot of cars on the stages at once and it can be easy to get tangled up with someone,” explains service technician Duncan (26). “I’m not going to be taking any big risks and we will set our pace according to the conditions, and I’m also taking extra time to make sure everything is in order mechanically on the car.”
Whereas Euan Duncan needs to get a finish, in the 205 Ecosse Challenge Garry Pearson and Sean Robson need to concentrate on pushing as hard as they can! The two teenagers from the Scottish Borders are virtually dead level in the Peugeot-only section with one rally left to run – so it’s going to be a case of winner takes all on the Kingdom! Duns student Garry (19) and Inverbervie co-driver Tom Hynd looked set to scoop the 205 Challenge crown last time out, but a heartbreaking electrical problem on the last stage meant the champagne had to be put on ice.
“It’s going to be a big show between Sean and I, that’s for certain!” declares Pearson, whose older brother Robbie won the 205 Challenge back in 2006. “This is one of the biggest events of the season for us, and after getting over the disappointment of the electrical problem on the last rally I’m raring to get back out.”
“The scrap I had with Garry on the last round before he had the problem is what rallying is all about, and I’m looking forward to more of the same come the Kingdom,” adds apprentice joiner Sean (19). “Bring it on!”
The GMSC Kingdom Stages will be run at Crail Aerodrome on Saturday 6 November 2010. It is the final round of the one-make Brick and Steel Civic Challenge and Brick and Steel 205 Ecosse Challenge rally driving championships.
Brick and Steel Ecosse Challenge – GMSC Kingdom Stages – Entry List
Civic Ecosse Challenge
29 Euan Duncan (Aberdeen) / Peter MacInnes (Maryburgh)
31 Graeme Schoneville (Carluke) / TBA
57 Ruary MacLeod (Ayr) / TBA
73 Neil Redford (Inverurie) / Lorna Weir (Inverness)
79 David Brown (Glasgow) / Kirstie Marshall (Castle Douglas)
205 Ecosse Challenge
42 Garry Pearson (Duns) / Tom Hynd (Inverbervie)
43 Sean Robson (St Boswells) / Dave Robson (Ancrum)
45 Steven Smith (East Kilbride) / Russell Fair (Stewarton)
65 Graeme Smith (Crossford) / Laura Marshall (Ayr)
71 Jordan Black (Lanark) / Stuart Loudon (Uddingston)
80 Alex Pirie (Keith) / Paul Cummins (Aberdeen)
81 Nick Thorne (Lauder) / Scott Hunter (St Boswells)
83 Sarah Hunter (St Boswells) / Iain Robson (St Boswells)
95 Fraser Smith (Crossford) / TBA