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B&S16 top3The second round of the 2016 Brick & Steel Junior 1000 Ecosse Challenge took place at Kames Motorsport Complex in East Ayrshire on 8th May and took place under unusual and unexpected glorious sunshine. Temperatures soared to over 20 degrees compared to 6 degrees the day before. The ABR Travel Kames Junior rally was expertly hosted by East Ayrshire Car Club and a total of 13 Junior drivers crossed the start line AND THE FINISH LINE. OK – one or two tried very hard to nobble this statistic but failed.

Making this the third win of the 2016 season were Finlay Retson (Blairgowrie)/Andrew Falconer (Inverness) in their Citroen C1. They have won twice in Scotland and once in England. Retson was quickest on 14 of the 16 short stages and came home 25 seconds in front of second crew Harry Chalmers (Alford)/Steven Hay (Glenrothes). This was Chalmers second outing in his striking VW UP and the first time with the car running with “all the right bits”!! He held a narrow second place at the lunch break of 1 second up on third placed crew Ewan Tindall (Ryton)/Paul Hudson (Darlington). But Tindall stuck with it and both drivers scored the same time on the first 3 stages after lunch. Chalmers added 1 second to his advantage on stage 12 but Tindall got his head down on stage 14 and was 4 seconds quicker to take a 2 second advantage into the last 2 stages. But a bit of indecision on the tricky new hairpin right in front of the crowd saw him drop 7 seconds to Chalmers. Chalmers took another second back on the final stage to take second place by 6 seconds. But what a battle. Just like the WRC – Citroen V VW – and VW coming out on top.

At the other end of the 13 strong field were four 2016 newcomers. Lewis Haining (Dumfries) in a Toyota Aygo took top marks here with an excellent seventh place overall. And in ninth place was Amy Mccubbin in her lovely silver and pink Micra. Amy got a huge cheer from the crowd when she took a perfect handbrake inspired line through the new hairpin on the last 2 stages which had several drivers scratching their heads. One place behind McCubbin was Michael Christie (Torphins) in another very distinctly coloured Micra displaying how effective dayglow orange paint can be!! But he almost came a cropper on one stage when the car got up on 2 wheels and co-driver Daniel Christie had a good view of the trackside tyres whizzing past his side window. And completing the novice quartet was Alice Paterson (Dumfries) in her newly finished Peugeot 107. This was a triple first – first rally for Alice; first time in the co-driver’s seat for Uncle Ian and first time in anger for the 107. They all survived and will be all the more confident on the next round.

The next round of the Championship will be on 18th June at the Summer Crail Junior Stages.

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