Jim Clark success for McCulloch and Curran

Mark McCulloch'Photo credit - LindsayPhotoSport

Mark McCulloch'Photo credit - LindsayPhotoSport

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Newton Stewart drivers Mark McCulloch and Alex Curran took top honours in their respective classes on Sunday’s Jim Clark Reivers Rally, the fourth round of the ARR Craib MSA Scottish Rally Championship.

Mark, who won Class 11 for 4WD cars, finished eigth overall in his Mitsubishi EVO 9, while Alex led home the 1600cc competitors in his Vauxhall Corsa, ending the day in 25th place.

Port William’s Fraser Wilson was 11th overall, and second among the Group N runners, in his Mitsubishi Lancer EVO. after a puncture dashed his chance of victory.

Wilson and his co-driver Craig Wallace had a solid start to the rally saw them placed 10th overall after the first two stages, but trailed the Class 10 leader by five seconds. They aimed to make that time up in the next stages and eventually took the class lead by two seconds at the end of stage 4.

A long 12 mile stage was the final run of the day and with the times so close they had to push to maintain their lead. But they picked up a puncture after sliding wide on the gravel surface of a bend, just a mile from the end.

They started dropping time as the the flat tyre meant the Evo was struggling to turn into corners and their lead disappeared quickly. However, they managed to nurse the car to the finish and were able to hold onto 11th place overall and finished second in the Class 10 category.

They also secured a good haul of championship points by finishing eigth overall of the Scottish Rally Championship registered crews. Fraser and Craig currently hold the Class 10 and Group N lead at the half way stage of the season.

The next event is the Scottish Rally in Dumfries on June 27th.