by Lynsay Keough. Photos by Lynsay Keough and www.rally-photo.com
Finland’s Juho Hanninen produced a champion’s drive to see off the opposition and win the 2010 RACMSA Rally of Scotland. 2009 IRC champion Peugeot’s Kris Meeke, lost time with a puncture and lost the brakes when a rock tore out a hydraulic pipe leaving a gaping hole in the car frame. But he laughed off the damage at the finishing line telling LOCAL NEWS: ‘Ach, it’s just a piece of bodywork! It’s still the best rally in the championship!’ Despite this setback, Kris held on to third place in his last outing for the team, as he joins Mini for the 2011 World Rally Championships.
In the end Hanninen’s winning margin was just 25.5 secs over the 200km timed stages that ran from Friday 15 October at Scone Palace to the Sunday 17 ceremonial finishing line at Stirling Castle. The Rally of Scotland win comes after cementing his 2010 IRC championship title.
Last year’s Rally of Scotland winner, Skoda’s Guy Wilks, showed some amazing driving skills through the Loch Ard stages to claim the “Colin McRae IRC Flat Out Trophy”. Colin’s father Jimmy was among the judges.
Recently crowned Scottish Rally Champion , David Bogie from Dumfries, finished 4th overall, after starting the Sunday stages back in 11th place. The top five places went to;
1) Juho Hanninen/ Mikko Markkula (FIN) – Skoda Fabia S2000 2hrs 01m 07.4s
2) Andreas Mikkelsen/ Ola Fleure (NOR) – Ford Fiesta S2000 +25.5s
3) Kris Meeke/ Phil Pugh (GBR) – Peugeot 207 S2000 +3m 24.2s
4) David Bogie/ Kevin Rae (GBR) – Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 1X, +12m 01.3s
5) Karl Kruuda/ Martin Jarveoja (EST) – Suzuki Swift + 14m 07.6s
People are revving up for the British round of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge which comes to the stunning countryside of Perthshire and Stirlingshire from Friday 15 to Sunday 17 October.
Factory supported crews from manufactuers including Skoda, Peugeot, Proton, Subaru and Ford will be represented and Guy Wilks (Skoda), Kris Meeke (Peugeot), as well as of course Lanark’s own Alister McRae (Proton), will be the faces to look out for at the Friday night start at Scone Palace for the 2010 RAC Motor Sports Association (MSA) Rally of Scotland.
There then follows two days of high speed drama through the Scottish countryside in competitive, timed, stages, before the ceremonial finish at Stirling Castle on the Sunday afternoon.
Within the rally itself there will also be the “Two Wheel Drive Cup” class.
To encourage the rally drivers of the future and to promote general interest in the sport, admission for children is FREE! All tickets can be purchased through the official www.rallyofscotland.com website or the hotline 0844 847 2488. The event will be broadcast by Eurosport to 59 countries.
International Motorsport Chief Executive Andrew Coe commented: “The scene is set for a quite fantastic event in one of the most stunning locations any form of top-class motor sport could wish to visit. It’s an event that Scotland should be justifiably proud of and also one which many other major events in the world of rallying and sport, generally, will view with great envy.”