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top3Brick & Steel Junior 1000 Ecosse Challenge competitors enjoyed another superb day on Round 3 at The Crail Summer Junior Stages Rally, Crail Raceway on 18th June. The dry hot weather did make a difference and that plus the quality of event laid on by Glenrothes Motor Sport Club meant we had the ingredients for a brilliant day out. All the young 14 to 17 year old drivers  took maximum advantage in their 1000cc rally cars and we were rewarded with 13 finishers out of 14 starters (this compares to 53 out of 83 in the Senior event)  We lost Josh Hislop/Ellya Gold in SS1 with gearbox problems.

Championship leaders going into the event Finlay Retson/Andrew Falconer  (Citroen C1) took control on the first stage and opened up a 10 second lead to second placed crew Ewan Tindall/Paul Hudson (Citroen C1). They built on this lead, scoring 6 fastest times on 6 stages, to end the day 54 seconds ahead of Tindall. But Tindall was not too disappointed. He is nibbling away at Retson’s advantage on every rally and he was been very pleased to continue to reduce the difference over the first few stages of every rally.   And in third place – not having the best of days – was Harry Chalmers in his VW Up!  with “guest” co-driver Ian MacIvor. A problem with a jammed on handbrake in the first stage caused knock on problems all day. But they persevered with uncertain braking to hold onto third place.

The next couple of places were filled with Nissan Micra crews but this time it was Lewis Winder/Mike Baird who took the glory by 12 seconds over close rivals Jude MacDonald/Michael Cruickshank.  Winder had a trouble free day but MacDonald had exhaust problems when the main pipe broke in two on the first stage.

Lwi Price Edwards and his  Dad Howard had made the long journey up from N Wales to compete in Lwi’s first ever rally. Edwards rewarded his Dad with an 8th place finish with “borrowed” very experienced Scottish co-driver Martin Forrest guiding him round.

Top 3 driver positions in the Championship remain unchanged – Retson, Tindall, Chalmers – after this the third of eight rounds of  the 2016 Championship.

Crews now have  a 7 week break  until the next round – the Used Car Parts Solway Coast Rally – in Kirkcudbright  on 7th August.

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