Grampian could be Pivotal Point in 2022 Season
The KNC Groundworks Scottish Rally Championship joins forces with the British Rally Championship for round 6 of the 2022 season, the Voyonic Grampian Forest Rally.
David Bogie & John Rowan top the Scottish seeding in their new Fiesta Rally 2. The 5 times champion looking for more miles after being forced out of the Scottish after only 2 stages.
David Henderson & Chris Lees line up 2nd. Fresh from a podium at the Scottish they showed rally winning pace but were delayed with punctures. The Fiesta crew a definite team to watch for the rest of the season.
Championship leaders Michael Binnie & Claire Mole’s amazing season continued with another fantastic win at the Scottish. The Evo crew flying the flag for the older style 4wd cars up against the R5 and Rally 2s.
Jock Armstrong & Cammy fair missed the Scottish after Cammy was involved in a mountain bike accident. 3 weeks later and Cammy is on the mend. The Impreza crew looking to turn their luck around after a difficult season so far.
Local stars and good friends Bruce McCombie & John Wink line up next. The Focus driver missed the Scottish due to car prep issues.
The Hyundai man reminded everyone of what he could do in the woods, battling for a podium until unfortunately rolling out.
Mark McCulloch & Michael Hendry line up just in front of the black R5 Fiesta of Hugh Brunton & Drew Sturrock. 2nd on the Scottish was their best gravel performance so far in the SRC, announcing themselves as real contenders in 2022.
ALM teammates Angus Lawrie & Willie Paterson top the Albyn Garage Challengers seeding. Both Evos were podium contenders at the Scottish and finished separated by just 6 seconds at the finish. Look out for another ding dong battle between them on the Grampian.
The Autoshop 2wd entry is absolutely stacked. Peter Stewart’s 208 lining up in front of Speyside & Scottish winner Stuart Egglestone and Escort legend Steve Bannister. Steve also topping the Haddo Energy Super Seniors. John Crawford, Gordon Murray, Paddy Munro & Irish driver Paul McErlean swelling the Escort ranks.
Looking to challenge the Ford domination, David Wilson returns in his orange BMW with young Michael Moates in the hotseat. David showed he could challenge the Mk2s on the Speyside despite being in much more standard machinery, the big question is can he do it again?
Keith & Mairi Riddick top the 1600 fwd challengers, just ahead of Moates Offshore Juniors Robert Proudlock & Justin Gunning. The Adam pilot has put together a very consistent and fast campaign with 3 wins.
The Fiesta driver on the other hand has shown great pace but hasn’t had the rub of the green.
The 5 star Subaru Cup is coming down to a 2 way fight between Mike Moates & Orrin McDonnell. Moates has once again been Mr. Consistent, finishing every round this year. Orrin’s season started poorly but has really got going since the Jim Clark. 2 wins in a row moving the Orange Impreza into title contention.
In the Ladies contest, Aileen Forrest tops the championship standings and the entry list. The Evo driver fresh from an excellent run on the Scottish, taking her 3rd win of the year.
Chasing her down both Ashleigh Morris & Meghan O’Kane were delayed with various issues on the Scottish but will be looking to bounce back on the Grampian.