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The old racing circuit at Ingliston Showground just outside Edinburgh once again reverbrated to the sound of screaming rally car engines as Dunfermline Car Club welcomed rally crews to the 2012 DCC Stages on 5th May 2012. This was the second round of the Brick & Steel Junior 1000 Ecosse Challenge and 12 Junior crews wheeled out their 1000cc machines to do battle in their own Junior DCC Stages.

Alexander Vassallo (14) from Corbridge in Northumberland once again dominated proceedings in his Citroen C1 – adding a third win in four outings to his tally for 2012. For this event, Alexander was accompanied by Janice Moore (small person) and not Howard Patterson (bigger person) Any suggestion that this was part of a cunning plan was denied!!! Alexander won the first Scottish round at Charterhall in March and scored his first win on an English round just a couple of weeks ago. A very demanding and ambitious programme to win both the Scottish and English Junior Championships is taking  shape nicely.

But Alexander did start to feel the pursuit forming behind him and his winning margin of 5 minutes at Charterhall was cut dramatically in half by Harry Marchbank (15) from Thornhill, Dumfries and co-driver Mark McCulloch from Newton Stewart in their Nissan Micra. This was Harry’s second time in a rally. An interested observer and staunch supporter of the Junior 1000 Ecosse Challenge, Jimmy McRae commented “That wee laddie can drive and he has a great future. Very tidy and very quick!!” Praise indeed.

Coming home third was complete newcomer Callum Kitt (16) from Polmont with co-driver Mark Runciman from East Kilbride in their Nissan Micra. Callum had shown himself to be extremely fast on the compulsory Production Car Autotests but the question was – “What will happen when he has to do it over 4 miles and not 500m?” The answer was “More of the same” and Callum and Mark got quicker and quicker as the day went on and their service crew started to get the car setup more to Calum’s liking.

Another newcomer to the Championship was Ryan Weston (16) from Aberdeen partnered by Phill Harrison from N Wales. Ryan competed in Junior RallyCross in 2011 but this was his first time out in a rally car. After a nervous start in his Toyota Aygo, he started to post competitive times and was holding down third place until a tyre problem on stage 6 when a tyre deflated and was ripped off the rim leaving Ryan to drive over a mile on a wheel only!! This lost him nearly a minute and dropped him from third to fourth.

Placings at Ingliston

1 Alexander Vassallo / Janice Moore           Citroën C1     50:39:00      (Corbridge, Northumberland)
2 Harry Marchbank / Mark McCulloch        Nissan Micra     53:28:00      (Thornhill, Dumfries)
3 Calum Kitt / Mark Runciman          Nissan Micra     54:47:00      (Polmont)
4 Ryan Weston / Phill Harrison          Toyota Aygo     55:30:00      (Aberdeen)
5 Andy Struthers / Malcolm Robertson      Nissan Micra     56:03:00      (Carluke)
6 Alexander Adams / Peter Weall           Nissan Micra     56:42:00      (Paisley)
7 Georgia Shiels / Phill Sandham           Nissan Micra     56:57:00      (Preston)
8 Scott Murray / Craig Wallace          Nissan Micra     58:55:00      (Inverurie)
9 Alasdair Currie / Iain MacKenzie           V’xhall Corsa 60:31:00      (Tobermorey, Isle of Mull)

Non Finishers

Michael Dickie / Euan Duncan      Nissan Micra         – Driveshaft    (Banchory)
Blair Brown / Monty Pearson          Nissan Micra         – Driveshaft    (Crook of Devon)
Linzi Henderson / Tracey Louise MuirPeugeot 107         –  Engine    (Carluke)

The next round of the Brick & Steel Junior 1000 Ecosse Challenge will be the Crail Junior Summer Stages on 16th June.

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