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WATCH: McDonald & Munro Speyside Stages rally returns with David Bogie claiming tenth victory in event and strong performances from Moray and Aberdeenshire crews


By Craig Christie

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Scottish rally legend David Bogie claimed an incredible tenth victory at the McDonald & Munro Speyside Stages on Saturday.

Bogie and Mitchell spray the champagne. Picture: Becky Saunderson..
Bogie and Mitchell spray the champagne. Picture: Becky Saunderson..

The Dumfries-based, five-time Scottish champ teamed up with experienced Irishman Barney Mitchell in his MINI WRC for victory despite trailing the leaders early on when a mysterious fault cut the engine mid stage.

That was traced to a fuelling issue and they charged from behind to take the win by 20 seconds at the finish.

Bogie promised he will be back at the Speyside Stages next year to try and defend his title and win for an 11th time.

He praised the 63 Car Club in Elgin for their organising of the popular rally.

The winners celebrate. Picture: Becky Saunderson..
The winners celebrate. Picture: Becky Saunderson..

"The Speyside is just a fantastic rally. Great stages, great competition and certainly we will be back next year to try and get the title again.

"I've been lucky enough to win the rally ten times, which is something I'm very proud of.

"The first time I did the rally was in 2005 in a 1300 Vauxhall Nova and I remember breaking a drive shaft in Gartly.

"Then my only ambition in the sport was to win my class."

The winners - David Bogie and Barney Mitchell. Picture: Becky Saunderson..
The winners - David Bogie and Barney Mitchell. Picture: Becky Saunderson..

Leading for most of the day, Jock Armstrong from Castle Douglas and Tobermory’s Cammy Fair took their second consecutive second place of the season.

In third place was Snowman winners Michael Binnie - who is tied for the championship lead with Bogie - and co-driver Claire Mole.

Host club 63 Car Club (Elgin) had a number of successes in their own event, not least a sixth place overall for Elgin co-driver Daniel Forsyth, alongside Muir of Ord-based team-mate Scott Macbeth in a Lancer EVO 9..

Forsyth also finished fifth in the opening event of the KNC Groundworks MSUK Scottish Rally Championships, last month's Snowman Rally.

Scott Macbeth and Daniel Forsyth finished sixth overall. Picture: Becky Saunderson..
Scott Macbeth and Daniel Forsyth finished sixth overall. Picture: Becky Saunderson..

Bruce McCombie and Michael Coutts were seventh for the Elgin club in a Focus, with Aberlour's Michael Hendry navigating Mark McCulloch to eighth in a Satria Evo.

Huntly driver John Wink was ninth, co-driven by Welshman Will Atkins.

John Wink and Will Atkins in the Cooper Park. Picture: Becky Saunderson..
John Wink and Will Atkins in the Cooper Park. Picture: Becky Saunderson..

Coming in 17th overall and second in class M6 was Elgin co-driver Iain Thorburn with Inverness driver Keir Beaton in an Impreza.

Keith's Scott Mutch lifted the 5 Star Deliveries Subaru Cup with Mosstodloch's Greg McDonald in front of his home crowd, winning class C5 for clubman 4WD cars.

Class winners, Moray crew Scott Mutch and Greg McDonald. Picture: Becky Saunderson..
Class winners, Moray crew Scott Mutch and Greg McDonald. Picture: Becky Saunderson..

Forres driver Dougal Brown returned to his home event in a revamped Escort Mk2 with Keith's Lewis Rochford, finishing second in class M4 and 27th overall.

A return to the Speyside Stages for Dougal Brown and Lewis Rochford. Picture: Becky Saunderson..
A return to the Speyside Stages for Dougal Brown and Lewis Rochford. Picture: Becky Saunderson..

Elgin's John Shepheard co-drove Michael Renton to 29th while two Imprezas driven by Elgin crews Mike Grant and Graham Kelman, and Darren McDonald were 36th and 37th respectively.

Sandy and Ian Arbuthnott were 40th in a Focus 4WD and Huntly's Jack Ingleby was 43rd, just ahead of 63 Car Club team-mates and Inverurie crew Aileen and John Forrest in 46th - Aileen won the ladies drivers' title.

Cullen driver Colin Patterson was 51st, a place ahead of brothers Neil and Ian Philip.

Another class winner for 63 Car Club was Elgin driver Robert Tonge in class C1, taking 64th place overall.

Final results from McDonald & Munro Speyside Stages

The crowds turned out for the Cooper Park stages of Saturday's rally. Picture: Becky Saunderson..
The crowds turned out for the Cooper Park stages of Saturday's rally. Picture: Becky Saunderson..

Top Moates Offshore Junior and a highly impressive 30th overall went to Robert Proudlock from Dumfries in his Vauxhall Adam.

Continuing the battle with Justin Gunning’s Fiesta R2 from the first round, the two young chargers were separated by just one second after five stages before Gunning and new co-driver Keith Fair’s event came to a premature end in a Gartly ditch.

Cars line up at the end of the Speyside Stages .Picture: Becky Saunderson..
Cars line up at the end of the Speyside Stages .Picture: Becky Saunderson..

Taking the Haddo Energy Super Seniors honours by just under a minute, Thornhill’s Jim Robertson was another driver to bounce back after a disappointing Snowman.

After two rounds the top of the point standings is finely poised: Michael Binnie and David Bogie are tied for first with Jock Armstrong one point behind.

Meanwhile Claire Mole leads the co-drivers standings by just one point from Cammy Fair.

Entries are now open for round three, which sees the return of the Duns based Jim Clark Reivers Rally to the championship on May 29.



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