2015 ARR Craib Scottish Rally Champion Jock Armstrong opened his 2016 winning account on round 2 of the championship, the Brick & Steel Border Counties Rally in Jedburgh, Scottish Borders.
Armstrong from Castle Douglas was quick to put his disappointing start to the season behind him, winning all three special stages before the service break in Newtown St Boswells.
On an event he had never won, he headed into service with an 11 second lead, but he didn’t win any of the final three stages of the rally, not helped by forgetting to put the car in gear off the line on SS4.
Nevertheless, he still went on to claim his first win of the 2016 season, but incredibly only due to his win on SS1 as a fast charging Garry Pearson ended the final stage with the same overall time as the Subaru!
Jock said: “A month ago was quite difficult but to come back with a win certainly pushes us on for the championship. It was very close today but that’s what it’s all about. That’s the way it should be!”
Another strong performance from Mark McCulloch saw him take fifth overall, despite never being fully happy with his car’s handling which was too loose at the rear, and suffering “a disaster” on SS1 as he chose two incorrect tyres.
Mark said: “We struggled with the car all day, but we gave it everything. If we can get the car sorted we can hopefully go even quicker again on the Speyside.”