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Galloway Hills - 27 Oct 13

Posted: January 31, 2014 2:14 PM - 4795 Hits

Armstrong Galloway Hills Rally - Sunday, October 27th.
Round 9 - 2013 Scottish Rally Championship

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Posted: January 31, 2014 2:14 PM


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Seeded Entry List

Posted: October 24, 2013 11:24 AM

No Driver/Co-Driver (Car) [Class]
1 Ivor Clark/Keith McCleary (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 4) [12]
2 Jock Armstrong/John Richardson (Subaru Impreza) [12]
3 David Bogie/Kevin Rae (Ford Focus WRC) [12]
4 Dave Weston/Dave Robson (Ford Focus WRC) [12]
5 Mike Faulkner/Peter Foy (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [12]
6 Barry Groundwater/Neil Shanks (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [12]
7 Donnie MacDonald/Andrew Falconer (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [12]
8 Jon Burn/Alan Stark (Subaru Impreza WRC) [12]
9 Chris Collie/Andrew Roughead (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 6) [12]
10 Shaun Sinclair/Chris Hamill (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [12]
11 Alistair Inglis/Colin Inglis (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 5) [12]
12 Mark McCulloch/Elliott Edmondson (Subaru Impreza) [12]
14 Liam Regan/Damien Duffin (Peugeot 206 4x4) [12]
15 Andy Horne/Jim Howie (Dam 4100 GTi) [12]
16 Andrew Gallacher/Phil Sandham (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [10]
17 Dougal Brown/Lewis Rochford (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [12]
18 John McClory/David Hood (Subaru Impreza N15) [10]
19 John Morrison/Peter Carstairs (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [10]
20 Steve Bannister/Louise Sutherland (Ford Escort Mk 2) [6]
21 Craig McMiken/Craig Wallace (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [12]
22 Ian Baumgart/David O'Brien (Subaru Impreza) [12]
23 Fraser Wilson/Steven Broll (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 8) [10]
24 Ian Paterson/James Haugh (Subaru Impreza) [12]
25 Richard Dickson/Sanny Dobie (Subaru Impreza) [12]
26 Fraser MacNicol/Lorn Hughes (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 6) [12]
27 Brian Watson/Jane Nicol (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 8) [12]
28 Lee Hastings/Brian Findon (Subaru Impreza) [12]
29 Alan Atcheson/Dean Henderson (Ford Escort Mk 2) [5]
30 Robert Harkness/Mike Curry (BMW 316) [9]
31 Stuart Paterson/Craig Service (Subaru Impreza) [12]
32 Walter Henderson/Linzi Henderson (Subaru Impreza) [12]
33 Allan McDowall/Gavin Heseltine (Ford Escort RS 1800) [6]
34 Iain Wilson/Keith 'Snakehips' Fremantle (Vauxhall Nova) [4]
35 Iain Haining/Mairi Riddick (Vauxhall Nova) [3]
36 Kieran Renton/Carin Logan (Ford Fiesta R2) [4]
37 Peter Stewart/Kenneth Marchbank (Ford Fiesta R2) [4]
38 Alasdair Anderson/Richard Sutherland (Subaru Impreza) [12]
39 Kris Tennant/Malcolm Vie (Lancia Delta Integrale) [12]
40 Callum Atkinson/Lachlan Cowan (Peugeot 205 GTi) [3]
41 Charles Blair/Mark Roberts (Peugeot 205 GTi) [3]
42 Jim Robertson/Colin Maxwell (Citroen C2R2) [4]
43 Graeme Sherry/Peter Weall (Peugeot 205 GTi) [3]
44 Ian Cattanach/Lisa Watson (Talbot Sunbeam) [4]
45 Rory James Fraser/Ewen Jappy (Peugeot 205 GTi) [3]
46 Billy Thomson/Jim Little (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9) [10]
47 Darren Martin/Martin Steele (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 8) [12]
48 Matthew Kesson/Ronnie Roughead (Ford Fiesta R2) [4]
49 Scott Peacock/Keith Riddick (Peugeot 205 GTi) [3]
50 Adrian Stewart/Richard Simmonds (Peugeot 205 GTi) [3]
51 Scott Sloan/David Sloan (Vauxhall Corsa) [2]
52 Tom Coughtrie/Calvin Cooledge (Ford RS 1800) [6]
53 Gary MacLeod/Will Rogers (Ford Fiesta R2) [4]
54 Donald Peacock/William Paul (Peugeot 205 GTi) [3]
55 Alexander Curran/Laura Marshall (Vauxhall Corsa) [4]
56 Jonathan Smith/Michael Cruickshank (Honda Civic) [4]
57 Jim McDowall/Charlotte McDowall (Hillman Avenger) [6]
58 Kieran O'Kane/Matt Reid (Opel Ascona 400) [9]
59 William Pollock/Helen Brown (Ford Escort Mk 1) [5]
60 Micky Rankin/Michael Sharp (Ford Escort) [5]
61 Angus Lawrie/George Myatt (Vauxhall Nova) [2]
62 Drew Struthers/Jim Johnston (Talbot Sunbeam) [8]
63 Caroline Carslaw/John Duke (Ford Fiesta ST) [7]
64 Alan McMorran/Albert Connelly (Peugeot 205) [5]
65 Simon Hay/Calum Jaffray (Peugeot 205 GTi) [3]
66 Ian Henry/James McDermott (Peugeot 206) [7]
67 Mark McCaffrey/Gordon O'Donnell (Ford Escort Mk 2) [2]
68 M. Thaarique Fazal/Paul Hudson (Peugeot 205 GTi) [3]
69 Douglas Watt/Donald Munro (Ford Escort Mk 2) [5]
70 John Clark/Chris Lees (Audi Quattro Turbo) [12]
71 Mark Goodfellow/Peter Johnson (Subaru Impreza) [12]
72 Dean Ross/Mark Runciman (Subaru Impreza) [12]
73 Douglas Cameron/David Ross Cameron (Ford Escort Mk 2) [5]
74 Steven Bellshaw/Sandy Urquhart (Peugeot 205) [3]
75 Bill Davidson/Ashleigh Will (Vauxhall Nova) [4]
76 Brendan Cumiskey/Conor Foley (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 6) [12]

Galloway Hills return for first winners

Posted: October 14, 2013 10:52 AM

The winners of the inaugural Galloway Hills Rally in 1974 will be back together to mark the 40th anniversary of the event on Sunday October 27th.

In recognition, driver Ivor Clark and navigator Keith McCleary will carry No 1 on the door of their car, a Mitsubishi EVO 4, belonging to Ivor's son Steven.

Forty years ago, it was Keith who drove the pair to overall victory in his Mk1 Ford Escort Twin Cam.

Both were neighbours in Gretna and colleagues at a tractor dealership in Carlisle. Their love of rallying saw them enter several local events in the Escort - which they tinkered with in a local hayshed.

The Galloway Hills win was a notable triumph, the duo leading home 76 finishers from an entry list of 96 crews:

“I remember the rally very well”, said Keith: “We started in Castle Douglas, there were seven stages, and we finished in Girvan. I remember less of the celebratory party afterwards though!” Their service crew that day was two mates in a car, filled with tyres and essential spares.

Keith continued to compete on local rallies, until his final outing in 1985. Ivor took his sport more seriously, winning the Group 1 Castrol Autosport Championship in 1979.

Today, the pair remain near-neighbours, and have served 48 and 46 years respectively at the same dealership.

Like many enthusiasts, the motorsport gene has been passed down the generations in the Clark family, with Steven winning the Scottish Co-Drivers' Championship in 2006, and twice finishing as fourth overall Scottish driver. Ivor's daughter Alison is GoMotorsport’s Regional Development Officer for Scotland, and even eight-year-old grandson Lucas now has a set of spanners.

Several other entries from the first running of the Galloway Hills will either compete or officiate at this year's event, which is jointly organised by the Solway, Machars and East Ayrshire car clubs, and counts as the final round of the ARR Craib MSA Scottish Rally Championship.

Alan McMorran from Castle Douglas – who has been a "Hills regular" in the intervening years - will line up for the start in his Peugeot 205: in 1974 he drove a Hillman Imp alongside navigator Bernard Burney.

Another original driver was Micky Rankin in an Escort. Forty years on, he again hopes to compete, this time in his "brand new" Escort Mk1.

Sheila Laird - wife of current Solway Car Club president, Tom - and Stewart Robertson, the Solway CC Vice President - were entered at No 19 in an Escort Twin-Cam. Stewart will act as a safety officer on this year's event, while Tom and Sheila will be out on the stages marshalling.

Dom Buckley Senior and Jimmy McRae finished second and tenth respectively on the first event, both in Escorts. Buckley became one of the country's leading rally preparation experts, while McRae went on to win five British championship in the 1980's.

The first entry list, and those for the following years, also reveal strong family links with the present day.

In 1974, Alan Peacock was behind the wheel of an Escort 1300, and this year his brother Donald and nephew Scott will go head to head in Peugeot 205's.

Andrew Gallacher, son of multiple Scottish champion Drew – who won the first of his three Galloway Hills in 1975 - is entered in his GpN Mitsubishi EVO 9.

Meanwhile, Ian Paterson from Mouswald, co-driven by Jim Haugh, will start his 30th Armstrong Galloway Hills in his Gulf Oil-liveried Subaru Impreza.

It would have been Paterson's 31st start on October 27th, if he had not been forced to sit on the sidelines one year because of ankle surgery.

40th Armstrong Galloway Hills goes "super special"

Posted: September 12, 2013 8:01 PM

A unique "over and under bridge" will form the centrepiece of a super special stage to mark the 40th anniversary of the Armstrong Galloway Hills Rally on Sunday, October 27th.

The 1.5 mile test - located in Auchenlosh quarry on the outskirts of Dalbeattie - will provide the main spectator focus for the Castle Douglas-based event, which, for the first time, counts as the final round of the ARR Craib MSA Scottish Rally Championship.

Competitors will make two runs through the stage, which has been designed by event sponsor Jock Armstrong and sister Barbara, a double British Ladies rally champion:

"We wanted to create something totally different to mark the rally’s fortieth year, as well as its inclusion in the SRC" said Jock: “The super special stage will take place in a quarry owned by our co-sponsors Armstrong Waste Management Ltd. With the addition of the bridge it's like a giant Scalextric set! I can't think of any other event in the country with a feature like this, and I guarantee it'll provide a fantastic experience for competitors and a thrilling spectacle for fans. Something for all the family to enjoy".

In total, competitors will tackle forty stage miles on some of the most challenging - and rewarding - forest roads in south-west Scotland.

Conscious of keeping costs down to a minimum, the organising committee has worked hard to keep the event as compact as possible, with only 90 road miles between stages, and central servicing.

Competitors will be able to complete the pre-event formalities either on the Saturday afternoon/evening or Sunday morning.

The rally, which is promoted jointly by Solway, Machars and East Ayrshire car clubs, has had long-term support from Stena Line for more than thirty years, allowing the event to offer discounted sailings to Irish competitors.

With the first car due to arrive back at the finish in Castle Douglas well before 3pm, and excellent ferry package deals from Ireland, there’s never been a better time to head to Galloway for a great end to a great rallying season!

Supplementary Regulations are now available to download and entries open on Saturday September 14th.

Regulations / Details

Posted: September 12, 2013 8:00 PM

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