Teams from Galloway head to Inverness this weekend for the opening round of the 2015 ARR Craib MSA Scottish Rally Championship.
The Earsman Holy Socks Rally Team of Jock Armstrong and Paula Swinscoe will line up in the Subaru Impreza in class 12 as third seed for the Arnold Clark Thistle Hotel Snowman Rally, which is acknowledged as one of the most challenging events of the eight-round series.
Ninth seeds and in class 11 are Mark McCulloch and James Haugh Mitsubishi Evo IX and 17th seeds and lining up in class 10 are Fraser Wilson and Craig Wallace in the Mitsubishi Lancer EVO9.
Alex Curran and Heather Grisedale line up in Class 4 in the Vauxhall Corsa and Angus Lawrie and George Myatt are in class 4 in the Vauxhall Corsa.
The 100-plus crews will face a combination of snow, ice and mud in the forests around the Highland capital.
Last year, Armstrong and Swinscoe were forced to pull out with a transmission problem after just two of the five stages.
The Subaru has been “re-shelled” over the winter, but otherwise is little changed from the car which took the pair to third overall in the championship last year.
Said Margaret Wyllie: “This will be the seventh year Jock has gone “Rallying with Holy Socks” in the Scottish Championship. I give the team a different design of Holy Socks for each round. We all know about life as a journey, Holy Socks takes that a bit further to pilgrimage so the rally team do pilgrimage at pace. Many cathedral and church shops up and down the country stock Holy Socks and we get a lot of questions about the team, how they’re doing and what socks they’re wearing. It does create a lot of interest.
“Last year’s Snowman wasn’t a good start to the season but despite that Jock and Paula ended the season with a seventh win on the last round of the series, the Armstrong Galloway Hills Rally, securing third spot overall in the Championship. It also meant that Paula won the ladies co-driver title.”