Published: 06/09/2017 11:25 - Updated: 06/09/2017 11:32

Moray driver goes for glory in final Scottish event

MORAY crews will compete in the final round of the ARR Craib MSA Scottish Rally Championships this weekend.

 

The Armstrong Galloway Hills Rally will take place on Saturday, with the event based in Castle Douglas.

Euan Thorburn and Paul Beaton have already been crowned champions, and could be closest rivals to eight-time event winner and local favourite Jock Armstrong for top place on the podium on Saturday.

Moray interest will be led by Forres driver Dougal Brown who is front runner in the Scottish 2WD Championship. He heads to Dumfries & Galloway with a 17-point advantage, knowing he only needs to beat his rivals Duncan MacDonald and Mike Stuart to take the championship.

That will be easier said than done however with the recent form of MacDonald, who won both the Argyll and the Grampian.

Current standings

Archiestown co-driver Michael Hendry has been part of a crew showing sublime pace on the last few rounds, with driver Mark McCulloch. Their Mitsubishi pairing could be an outside bet for the podium.

Elgin co-driver Daniel Forsyth is set to enjoy a new experience alongside leading driver Bruce McCombie, with the first-time pairing starting at number seven in the Banchory driver’s Evo IX.

Another Elgin navigator, the experienced Neil Shanks becomes the fifth different co-driver for Kinneff’s Fred Milne in his new, lighter Mitsubishi Evo IX.

Sean Donnelly, also Elgin, navigates for Banchory’s Scott McCombie while there is an all-Moray pairing of Alex Pirie (Drummuir) and Frazer Skene (Keith) competing in car 45 in a Citroen C2.

The championship consists of seven forest events across the whole of Scotland, taking in over 300 competitive stage miles.

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