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Banchory’s Fred Milne drove his Mitsubishi Evo 8 to a fine overall victory in Saturday’s Scottish Rally Time Trial Championship round in Drumtochty Glen. As well as taking the top step of the podium, Milne’s company Helix Oilfield Services were title sponsors of the event, organised by Stonehaven & District Motor Club.Fred Milne - Please credit TG Motorphoto if used

Although the final margin of victory was under two seconds from Keith Morris driving an Evo 6, Milne was in control all day, even opting to omit his final run through the 1.7-mile stage in order to preserve his car for the forthcoming Grampian Forest Stages Rally.

“We’ve all had some fantastic motorsport today, the car’s still in one piece, and the win’s just the icing on the cake”, declared Milne after receiving the trophy. “Stonehaven Motor Club have put on an excellent event and it’s great to have had the Helix Oilfield Services brand associated with it.”

The class victories were claimed by Brian Watson also driving an Evo 8, Scott Beattie in a Talbot Sunbeam, and Roy Kemp’s Peugeot 205GTi.

The event was perilously close to being cancelled, however, as the number of entries initially did not cover the cost of the fees charged to use the forest. It was Milne and Helix’s support that allowed the event to continue as planned. “We did have some concerns about the rally being sustainable”, said John Mackay from Stonehaven & DMC. “However, we thank Fred Milne and Helix Oilfield Services for sponsoring the event. We could have possibly pulled together a good rally, but they gave us the opportunity to put on a great one.”

Based in Marywell, Aberdeenshire, Helix Oilfield Services have thirty years of experience in providing drilling and production equipment, well control solutions and subsea and accommodation modules for the offshore Oil & Gas industry, and can be reached at http://www.helixoil.com.

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