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John MacCrone’s return to his rallying roots and Tom and Sue Hynd’s early return from holiday in the S of France were both rewarded with success on the 2011 RSAC Scottish Rally in the forests around Dumfries on Saturday 25th June.

John MacCrone 21, and from Mull, got a late “call-up” to drive the Brick & Steel supported Honda Civic Type R on the third round of the 2011 Brick & Steel Civic Ecosse Challenge. So with a couple of months break until the next British Rally Championship event in his Team Scotland Fiesta R2, John did not need much persuading. And so, on the Friday morning before the rally, John was introduced to his new car, new co-driver and new team. And after a couple of hours testing in a forest near Dumfries, the whole team were ready to go.  Apart from a half spin in a narrow part of the first stage, everything went to plan on the event and John and regular Brick & Steel Civic Co-driver Martin MacCabe 50, from Glasgow crossed the finish line back in Dumfries High Street in first place in the Civic Ecosse Challenge and 23rd  place overall out of 107 starters. This was a magnificent performance and demonstrated to everybody just how professional and adaptable John has become after 18 months in Team Scotland and MSA Team UK. But John did not have it all his own way. He was chased hard by regular Civic Ecosse Challenge team Graeme Schoneville and Michael Hendry. But gearbox problems slowed them in the later stages and they had to settle for second on this rally.

In the other class in the Ecosse Challenge for Peugeot 205 GTi cars, it was Tom and Sue Hynd from Inverbervie who dominated. They scored maximum points in the 205 Ecosse Challenge and in Class 2 in the Scottish Rally Championship. One month ago they were not planning to return early from a long standing holiday in France but Sue was eventually convinced and the return tickets were changed accordingly. It is fair to say that Tom seemed to be regretting the decision at the start of the day as “jet lag” and ventilation problems in their Peugeot 205 were just a couple of the reasons why he would rather have stayed on the beach. But once again, experience and perseverance prevailed over youth and Tom and Sue crossed the finish line comfortably ahead of their rivals in the 205 Ecosse Challenge and 33rd overall for the event. Runners up were the relieved 2010 Championship winning team of  Sean and Iain Robson who came home second in the 205 Ecosse Challenge and finally posted some points on the score board.

The next round of the Brick & Steel Ecosse Challenge will be the Argyll Rally based in Oban on 9th July.

Ecosse Challenge Results

Civic Ecosse Challenge

1st     John MacCrone/Martin MacCabe – 49 mins 05 seconds (23rd Overall)
2nd     Graeme Schoneville/Martin Hendry – 53 mins 34 seconds (48th Overall)
3rd     Neil Redford/Lorna Weir – 57 mins 18 seconds (56th Overall)

Non finishers

Graeme Smith/Stuart Loudon – Broken drive shaft
Duncan Campbell/Gavin Chisholm – Broken drive shaft

205 Ecosse Challenge

1st     Tom Hynd/Sue Hynd – 50 mins 49 seconds (33rd Overall)
2nd      Sean Robson/Iain Robson – 52 mins 38 seconds (40th Overall)
3rd    Donald Peacock/Scott Peacock – 54 mins 49 seconds (51st Overall)
4th    Jordan Black/Andrew Falconer – 55 mins 02 seconds (55th Overall)
5th    Scott Erskine/Stephen Marshall – 57 mins 30 seconds (57th Overall)
6th     Nick Thorne/Scott Hunter – 57 mins 32 seconds (59th Overall)
7th    Graeme Sherry/Pete Weall – 78 mins 38 seconds (71st Overall)

All 205 Ecosse Challenge competitors recorded a finish.

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