2017 SRC John Horton Star Drive Award
7 SRC registered drivers will take part in a shoot-out at the end of the season to win a prize drive on a top European rally.
The shoot-out has been named in memory of John Horton who was at the forefront of British Rallying for many years.
More details on the Star Driver award can be viewed here.
ROUND 1 WINNER – Thomas Gray
First round winner was 21 year old Thomas Gray from Tore in Inverness-shire in his 1600 Ford Fiesta. The winter months were spent rebuilding the car after a heavy accident at the end of last season. After a steady start to the day on the Snowman, Thomas upped his pace over the final 2 stages to miss out on a class victory and top Junior placing by just 1 second after 45 miles of flat out action.
ROUND 2 WINNER – Greg McKnight
On the 2nd round, the Border Counties, the nomination went to young Dumfries-shire driver Greg McKnight on a day when he came within 11 seconds of taking the overall lead of the event after recording his first ever fastest stage time. Brake problems and a double puncture over the final 2 stages ultimately dropped him back to 6th overall but his pace marks him out as one to watch for the remainder of the season.
ROUND 3 WINNER – Michael Binnie
Michael Binnie took the SRC John Horton Star Driver nomination and the 3rd of the season for his gritty drive at the The McDonald and Munro Speyside Stages. Using the same second hand tyres all day, as well as pushing a rather ageing Mitsubishi to its limits during the event, Michael impressed the panel with his pace at the event.
ROUND 4 WINNER – Mike Stuart
The SRC John Horton Star Driver Award went to Mike Stuart on the RSAC Scottish Rally after an impressive run in his Ford Escort MK2. Taking eleventh overall, Stuart’s second place finish in the 2WD’s and third in the Challengers caught the attention of the judges.
ROUND 6 WINNER – Alex Pirie
Alex Pirie put in an eye-catching performance to claim the SRC John Horton Star Driver Award nomination on the Argyll Rally. Pirie impressed the judges by nursing his near standard and under-powered Citroen C2 home inside the top 20, overcoming mechanical problems throughout the day to take a fine second in class and first in the Ecosse Challenge.
ROUND 6 WINNER – Angus Lawrie
Angus Lawrie took an incredible second place in the 2WD category of the Grampian Forest Rally piloting his usual Vauxhall Corsa. The SRC John Horton Star Driver Award was awarded to Lawrie after his incredible pace and determination to win his class and finish 22nd overall on the event.
ROUND 7 WINNER – Mark McCulloch
Mark McCulloch overcame a slow start to his day to finish 4th SRC driver home. Coupled with an impressive run of form throughout the year and ever increasing pace, the panel have named Mark as the winner of the John Horton SRC Star Driver nomination for The Galloway Hills Rally.