Drivers look ahead to Speyside

The 2016 ARR Craib Scottish Rally Championship heads to Elgin for round 3 of the series, the McDonald & Munro Speyside Stages. The event has moved from its traditional summer date, but that has done nothing to deter the drivers away, with a strong 120 car entry for the event.

Leading them away are 2014 Scottish Champions Euan Thorburn and Paul Beaton, who are giving their Peugeot 208 T16 R5 its Scottish debut. It’s unclear whether Euan will register for SRC championship points.

However one man who most certainly is registered for points is 2015 Champion Jock Armstrong with Paula Swinscoe alongside. The Subaru driver got his championship campaign back on track last time out on the Brick & Steel Border Counties Rally, and his hoping for more of the same in Elgin.

“The result on the Borders was amazing as I have not had a lot of luck there over the years.” He said.

[The plan for the Speyside is] just like the last rally, quick out of the box and no mistakes like forgetting to put it in gear on the start line!”

Shaun said: “I’ll be using the Subaru on the Speyside to compare it to the Focus. If I could get back on the podium I would be delighted.”

“I have always enjoyed the rally. The stages are usually good, with hard gravel. We will give it 100% as usual!”

Mark McCulloch and Michael Hendry have got their 2016 SRC season off to a flying start, almost winning the first round in Inverness and coming home fifth in the Borders despite not being happy with the car’s setup.

Ahead of round 3, McCulloch said: “We’ve made changes to the suspension but to be honest we haven’t had a chance to try and of them so will just have to wait until the first stage to see if it’s better or not.”

“The Speyside stages are some of the best in the country and I always enjoy coming up to them. It’s also Michael’s home event so we will have a good go and see how we get on!”

Duns driver Dale Robertson with Stuart Loudon on the notes surprised everybody with an incredible second place finish on the Snowman after taking a year away from the SRC in 2015. However, the Border Counties didn’t go so smoothly, with the Evo IX running in just two wheel drive for two and a half stages as Robertson broke a driveshaft.