Challenging start for Galloway teams

The 2016 Arnold Clark Jury’s Inn Snowman Rally will go down as one of the most difficult and unpredictable rallies in ARR Craib MSA Scottish Rally Championship history.

The drivers that came out on top of their classes did a great job to keep it all together in conditions that varied from smooth, flowing gravel to slippery ice and snow in an instant.

Round one of the Scottish Rally Championship proved a disappointment for reigning champion Jock Armstrong and navigator Paula Swinscoe.

The pair finished down in 15th place on the Inverness based Snowman Rally after a day of problems and punctures..

As the first car onto the stages, the Earsman/Holy Socks Subaru had to cope with a treacherous surface of hard-packed ice on the opening test - resulting in an “off” which lost Jock and Paula more than a minute. While they fought hard to make their way back up the leaderboard, the worsening conditions worked against them as the day went on.

Said Holy Socks founder Margaret Wyllie: “It was a challenging start to the season, to say the least, but that’s the Snowman for you. Let’s hope they got all their troubles over at the start of their campaign, and have a better Border Counties Rally in March.”

Winners of Class 2, finishing in 39th place overall were Angus Lawrie and his new Danish co-driver Jeanette Kvick in their Vauxhall Corsa. The Castle Douglas driver dominated the class, beating his nearest rival Craig Martin in a Skoda Felicia by over 3 minutes. Stephen Fraser came third in his Mini.

Fraser Wilson and Craig Wallace finished third in Class 10 in their Lancer Evolution IX, suffering from a poor start in the wintry conditions.

The 2016 ARR Craib MSA Scottish Rally Championship resumes on March 19 for round 2, the Brick & Steel Border Counties Rally in Jedburgh.